Council to join new Joint Organisation

Community life - 27 February 2018

Kempsey Shire Council will seek to maximise regional benefits and local government knowledge sharing after agreeing to form a regional Joint Organisation (JO) with other Mid North Coast councils.

Following the Local Government Amendment (Regional Joint Organisations) Act 2017, councils can now voluntarily join JO’s in their planning region.

Councils across regional NSW were invited to nominate relevant Joint Organisations and the Office of Local Government has been working closely with councils to assist them to design a Joint Organisation that best suits the needs of their region.

Mid North Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (MIDROC), currently including Clarence Valley, Coffs Harbour, Bellingen Shire, Nambucca Shire and Port Macquarie–Hastings councils have been developing a strategic plan in preparation for establishing a JO.

Building on the cooperative approach of MIDROC, a newly formed JO will provide a more structured forum for councils, agencies and others to come together and focus on their regional priorities, help drive the delivery of important regional projects and deliver shared services for members and the region.

Council’s General Manager, Craig Milburn, said the formal council resolution for Kempsey Council to become part of the JO will bring many opportunities.

“Continuing to work with neighbouring councils allows us to work collaboratively and share resources while allowing a stronger negotiating voice with other levels of government,” Mr Milburn said.

“The potential benefits of closer cooperation across Council boundaries have been proven in a number of recent initiatives. For example, Kempsey Council has benefited from economies of scale with its procurement of Information Technology with Bellingen Shire Council.

“State authorities have indicated they prefer to channel regional and sub-regional strategic planning, coordination and infrastructure delivery through JO’s in preference to dealing with multiple councils. Therefore, Councils who are not part of a JO will be at a disadvantage.”

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