Councils to face efficiency test

By GLEN PORTEOUS glenp@gladstoneobserver.com.au THE Gladstone City Council (GCC) is throwing its full support behind new sustainability guidelines.

Soon to be released by the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) will be a Size, Shape and Sustainability (SSS) guidelines kit.

GCC executive officer Julie Reitano said this kit was about assisting councils to ensure greater efficiency.

'These kits are looking at how we can do things better,' Ms Reitano said.

'This will involve options such as joint sharing of resources, shared service centres and other government agencies,' Ms Reitano said.

Local Government Minister Desley Boyle said the SSS toolkit provided a step-by-step framework for councils to evaluate issues.

'Council are facing up to some some tough questions and they need to consider not only their financial viability today, but their capacity to provide services and maintain facilities for their communities well into the next decade and beyond,' Ms Boyle said.

LGAQ president Paul Bell believes these kits will give councils the ability to pinpoint where they need to go in the future.

'It will be an invaluable resource for councils as they work towards securing their long-term position within the state,' Mr Bell said.



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