Over $322,000 has been saved by Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils over the past nine months by working together, the latest quarterly report from SHOROC has revealed.
One of SHOROC’s core operational objectives is to save member councils money by working together as a larger group to improve buying power and deliver projects on a regional basis.
Nine months into the newly established Cost Savings and Efficiency Program, the initiative has already exceeded expectations.
SHOROC’s Board of council Mayors and General Managers is thrilled with the progress made to-date.
SHOROC President and Pittwater Mayor Harvey Rose said “It shows that councils have the capacity and enthusiasm to work together beyond council borders to achieve something really great for our region. Ultimately it’s the residents who win, with any savings and efficiencies gained by councils put straight back into local projects and services”.
The program has only been fully underway for nine months and the councils and SHOROC aim to achieve much more in the future, hoping to deliver more that $1 million in operational savings to the councils.
“These savings are significant, but we think that this model of shared buying power and services has the potential to save our councils so much more, improving the financial sustainability of our individual councils and the delivery of services for our communities,” said Cr Rose.
The Cost Savings and Efficiency Program looks at ways to reduce costs by avoiding duplication, saving through economies of scale and cost efficiencies or delivering projects that might otherwise be too big or too small for a single council to deliver. Some of the big savings so far have been through a regional procurement of services for councils including road line marking and signposting, parking meter collections and concreting services.
The projects being delivered under the program were identified after a strategic analysis of a wide range of council operations by senior staff from all four councils. They were chosen by analysing where and how additional efficiency or cost savings could be achieved without impacting on council independence and the services being provided within our local communities.