Challenges for councils in planning a sustainable future

CT Management Group recently launched our Sustainable Council Program, which provides an assessment of council’s capacity to meet the future service requirements of its communities.

Through an analysis of future service levels and capital investment options, the program provides a consultative approach across the organisation to resolve service offering, demand, priorities and the required capital investment to underpin services.

The program assists councils to respond to a number of the Auditor General’s reports in each state around Council governance and compliance, financial sustainability and asset management.

The Sustainable Council Program (SCP) is designed to assist and provide councils a way forward to a sustainable future understanding and meeting community needs and the challenges set out with the Auditor General’s report.

The program starts with a detailed analytical view of today’s service offering and costs, including a profile of services and required capital investments, through to an agreed action plan for a sustainable future. The program provides the methodology and tools to guide affordable comparative choices between services and rationalisation where required to achieve sustainability.

With a thorough understanding of council’s sustainability and future options, the SCP enables councils to engage the community with levels and range of services that the community wants and what the community is prepared to pay for.

CT Management Group’s Sustainable Council Program:

  • Assists councils to deliver sustainable services, aligned to community needs.
  • Guides investment in capital programs that aligns to council’s vision and sustainable service delivery.
  • Establishes the agenda for community consultation.
  • Facilitates council’s capacity to make informed comparative choices between competing service demands based on community priorities.
  • Provides for a review of the governance frameworks around service, asset and financial management.
  • Provides a detailed assessment and forward plan to ensure the financial sustainability of ongoing service delivery and capital investment
  • Identifies and addresses any existing known compliance issues reported from the Office of the Auditor General.

    Four elements of the Sustainable Council Program

    Figure 1.

The four elements of the Sustainable Council Program are:

  • Service Planning
  • Asset Management
  • Data and Information
  • Financial Planning and Sustainability

These elements and their relationship are detailed in figure 1. These are the pillars of a sustainable municipality and the foundations upon which sound community consultation can be built.

The Sustainable Council Program can be offered as a total program over a nine-twelve month period or in separate elements.

We can assist your review!

CT Management Group has extensive experience in working with councils to achieve good governance controls and financial sustainability in todays’ local government environment, where available revenues must be maximised by a greater emphasis on good data and diligent asset management.

The Sustainable Council Program can be provided through the Local Buy Panels of Providers for the following panels:

  • BUS 249-0115 – Business Management Services
  • BUS 252-0615 – Asset Management Consultancy Services

CT Management Group has approx. 120 experienced associates, the majority of whom have local government executive level experience available to assist councils improve services and systems. Further information on how we can assist your council can be obtained by contact with Merv Hair mervh@ctman.com.au, calling 1300 500 932 or by completing the form below.