GREATER Shepparton City Council and Strathbogie Shire Council have won the LGPro Award for Excellence – Innovative Management for their collaborative efforts in working together and sharing services.
The first time the two councils worked together was a project undertaken in 2014, with their partnership continuing.
Greater Shepparton City Council CEO, Peter Harriot and Strathbogie Shire Council CEO, Steve Crawcour said, “As rural and regional councils, collaboration offers us a mechanism through which to manage declining grant allocations and maximise opportunities to achieve cost savings through improved purchasing power and shared functions, while retaining our independence.
“We are fully committed to the future success of the alliance and are keen to build on the range of services that are shared between our respective regions for the improvement of service efficiencies and costs for our communities.
“The project has been designed to grow and accommodate more council participants from north east Victoria, fostering team work between alliance partners and developing a culture of best practice to support sustainable futures.”