NSW IPART is expected to hand down its decision on the domestic waste management charge (DWMC) review in September. This will require councils to review their current DWM pricing methodology and understand the long-term impact on both the general rate and the DWMC. Morrison Low is currently working with NSW councils to fully understand these impacts.
The implications of not accurately and consistently assessing asset fair value can have significant adverse effects on the financial position of council. One of the key drivers for financial sustainability is the cost and investment in infrastructure assets. These assets represent a significant component of a council’s equity, and it is critical that the carrying value of these assets reflect the current value.
In discussions with councils, the burning bridge is the challenge of ongoing organisational sustainability in terms of adequate funding to deliver services, assets, management systems and governance requirements.
Councils are heading into another Integrated Planning and Reporting cycle and one of the things that we frequently find, and most councils acknowledge, is the difficulty in integrating the Resourcing Strategy and, as a result, it is often the weak link.
Following an eligible disaster, state and federal funding is available to help councils to restore essential public assets through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
The fifth round of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, which is aimed at projects that create jobs, drive economic growth and build stronger regional communities, opened for applications on 12 January.
An increase in the number of natural disaster emergencies across NSW has resulted in an increased focus on local councils to be 'resilient ready' to manage any emergency.
Four years on, the NSW mergers are still making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Back in 2016 the Fit for the Future process, brought in by the Baird government, was one of the biggest changes NSW local government had experienced over the preceding decade.
We're very happy to take this opportunity to welcome Mark Wood to the Sydney-based team.
It’s that time of year again where councils will need to report on the condition of their infrastructure assets in Special Schedule 7 (SS7).