A selection of interesting projects that we have recently undertaken or are undertaking is listed below

Benchmarking Centre Stage at IPWEA Conference

The Yardstick Roads Benchmarking Program took centre stage at the international IPWEA conference in Rotorua in July. Tim McCarthy presented the results from last year’s program, which are already providing valuable tools for council General Managers and Asset Managers in planning, identifying opportunities and measuring performance. With Yardstick Roads 2015 now open for new members the conference provided a great opportunity to demonstrate the value of being part of an audited benchmarking program.

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Client

Local Government

Location

Australasia and the Pacific

Service Review Leads to over $2M in Savings

Leichhardt Council identified a shortfall in funding for the renewal and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Before seeking a Special Rate Variation the Council embarked on an ambitious, wide ranging and ultimately very successful service review to identify opportunities to reduce costs and increase revenue.

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Client

Leichhardt Municipal Council

Location

Sydney

Strong Business Case Accesses Grant Funding

Our financial and economic analysis of the Ryan Avenue reconstruction and the upgrade of the Singleton Livestock Saleyards demonstrated significant economic benefits flowing from both of these important projects. The positive cost benefit analysis of each project was a key component of the successful application for almost $8 million of funding under the NSW Resources for Regions program.

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Client

Singleton Council

Location

Hunter Valley, NSW

Five Myths of Service Reviews

A service review is a great way for a Council to check whether a service or services are delivering the value that the community demands, but the value attained from a review is directly attributable to the effort put into the process. Morrison Low Director Stephen Bunting contributed to the Summer 2014 issue of Local Government Manager Magazine by writing about the five biggest myths/misconceptions surrounding service reviews.

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Client

Local Government Manager Magazine

Location

Australia

Commercialisation of CityWorks

Innovation in local government takes many forms and has many different drivers but, above all, it takes action. Coffs Harbour has just finished a process through which it has commercialised its works unit, CityWorks, to establish CityWorks as Business Unit equipped, capable and able to deliver large scale physical works projects for private clients.

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Client

Coffs Harbour City Council

Location

NSW

Regional Governance Model for the NT

Committing to the development of an expensive, long term community asset through a regional collaboration requires an enduring governance structure that suits the development and operation of the landfill, meets the individual and collective requirements of the Councils, provides longevity and certainty while allowing for flexibility in operations and partnering arrangements to respond to changing market conditions. Councils must consider things such as management of risks, transparency, commercial focus, legislative compliance and the ability maximise efficiencies when determining the governance model that best suits the construction and operation of their regional waste management facility.

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Client

Top End Regional Organisation of Council

Location

Northern Territory

Why is it all about the infrastructure backlog?

The infrastructure backlog in New South Wales has gained a lot of attention in recent months. Both the size of the backlog and the discrepancies in determining the size have been raising concerns. The Division for Local Government (NSW) estimates the infrastructure backlog for local government as $7.4 billion (at 30 June 2012) and the local government total nationally has previously been estimated at over $14 billion. Having no consistent definition of ‘the backlog’, nor methodology to calculate it and, in some cases, a lack of data to support the calculations makes relying on a single number difficult. Whatever the true number is, it is still significant.

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Client

IPWEA Conference Presentation

Location

IPWEA Conference