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Public Involvement In Best Value Consultation Sought

Latrobe City Council is encouraging citizen involvement in consultation that focuses on a Best Value review of Councilís Outdoor Maintenance Unit.

By Latrobe City Council - 15th November 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Council is encouraging citizen involvement in consultation that focuses on a Best Value review of Councilís Outdoor Maintenance Unit.

Latrobe Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hancock, said Councilís Outdoor Maintenance Unit provides a varied service covering roads and drains as well as parks and gardens. "Issues may well cover such subjects as sealed roads, unsealed roads, roadsides, signs and road furniture, car parks, footpaths, drains, kerb and channel, parks and reserves, nature strips, playgrounds, garden beds, urban street and reserve trees, and street and park furniture," Mr Hancock said.

"As part of this consultation, workshops have been scheduled across the municipality. Community members who have expressed an interest in attending will be required to give approximately two hours of their time as a facilitator seeks their feedback on the pros and cons of the current service and to discuss key issues. The facilitators will provide a report back to Council highlighting the feedback from the consultation process," Mr Hancock added.

In undertaking this review Council must satisfy six fundamental principles, as set out in the Local Government (Best Value) Act 1999. These are: All services must meet quality and cost standards; all services must be responsive to the needs of the community; each service must be accessible to those members of the community for whom the service is intended; Council must achieve continuous improvement in the provision of services for its community; Council must develop a program of regular consultation with the community in relation to the services it provides; and Council must report regularly to its community on its achievements in relation to these principles.

In applying the principles Council may take into account, among other factors: the need to review services against the best on offer in both the public and private sector; an assessment of value for money in service delivery; community expectations and values; the balance of affordability and accessibility of services; opportunities for local employment growth or retention; the value of potential partnerships with other Councils and State and Commonwealth Governments; and potential environment advantages for the Councilís municipal district.

The service delivery review on Councilís Outdoor Maintenance Unit is planned to be completed by the end of December 2001. For further information contact Latrobe City Council, telephone 1300 367 700.


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