24 February 2014

Publication on southern councils' Shared Services forum launched

An informative brochure that details how southern councils have been working together since 2000 to share services, making considerable cost savings for residents and ratepayers from Clutha south, was released today.

"Shared Services Southland & Beyond” [PDF, 1.6 MB] is an informative brochure jointly produced by Environment Southland, the Invercargill City and Gore, Southland and Clutha district councils.

Shared Services chairman Jeff Grant said the informative brochure would give people the opportunity to learn more about how southern councils are working together.

“The collaboration between councils has been enhanced significantly over the past three years to the extent where large improvements on projects will have significant benefit to ratepayers,” Mr Grant said.

A joint committee called Shared Services was formed in 2000. It considered what councils were tasked with doing and whether any of these jobs or projects could be jointly managed to improve efficiencies.

The committee is made up of elected members of Clutha District Council, Environment Southland, Gore District Council, Invercargill City Council and Southland District Council, and the independent chairman.

“This committee has been meeting regularly since it was formed and has achieved several successes for all of the partner councils, and continues to explore new initiatives.”

More than 50 inter-council collaborative projects had been worked on during the past 14 years, he said.

“Some of the benefits of this shared service model include greater efficiencies and effectiveness, cost savings in operating and capital costs, improved levels of customer service and improved professionalism of staff including training, recruitment and retention.”

Mr Grant said one of the biggest successes to date was the joining of solid waste services and a regional landfill.

Other successes included the formation of Emergency Management Southland to manage region-wide civil defence emergencies, he said.

Mayors with Shared Services document

Southland District Mayor Gary Tong, Environment Southland chairperson Ali Timms, Shared Services chairman Jeff Grant, Gore District Mayor Tracy Hicks and Invercargill City Mayor Tim Shadbolt at the launch of Shared Services Southland & Beyond

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: