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Councils Explore Possibilities for $4 Billion Infrastructure Challenge

Source: Blue Mountains City Council
Archived 19 Jul 2017 - Posted: 21 May 2017
Parks and playgrounds make up just some of the $4 billion worth of built assets managed by Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith City Councils, which are exploring ways of working together to better manage community infrastructure.
With combined assets valued at over $4 billion, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith City Councils are working together to explore options for the future management of their infrastructure assets in the region, with exciting possibilities.

The vision of the recently formed Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Penrith City Council Regional Strategic Alliance centres on harnessing the collective resources and commitment to strengthen the long term future of each City and their respective communities.

Regional Strategic Alliance CEO, Belinda Szafraniec, said, “Asset management is one of the biggest challenges facing local councils. It makes sense to put our heads together and think regionally about how we can better manage $4 billion worth of infrastructure assets.”

The motivation for the project is the potential to gain economies of scale and develop a common methodology for asset management which, in turn, will improve the financial sustainability and organisational performance for each of the three councils.

Blue Mountains Mayor and Regional Strategic Alliance Chairperson, Cr Mark Greenhill, Hawkesbury Mayor, Cr Mary Lyons-Buckett and Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain, welcomed the initiative as an interesting and transformative way of working together.

“Through true collaboration there is potential to achieve better value for money and improve the way we deliver services to our communities”, Cr Greenhill said. “It is exciting to be involved in a bold and leading edge approach to the governance of this region”.

The Regional Strategic Alliance board will embark on a detailed scoping and business case process, led by a specialist Project Group of the Alliance Councils, in the coming months.

“We look forward to the insight this project will provide and to seeing the project recommendations later in 2017”, said Cr Greenhill.

“The outcome of this project has the potential to inspire the ways we look at other shared responsibilities in the region, including procurement, tourism, recreation and environmental protection.” 

 
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