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Community self-determination vs efficient local government

March 2016

The recent Boundaries Commission process served to highlight the passion some communities have for their councils and why community identity is such a key part of what local government stands for.  Si...

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Morrison Low Reviews Complaints System for Government Agency

February 2016

A Government Agency’s need for a more robust system for managing complaints about its staff drove a recent review of its complaints system. 

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Long Term Financial Plans

August 2015

Morrison Low analysed a number of long term financial plans while working with councils across NSW during the recent Fit for the Future process. The long term financial plans formed the basis of forecasting against the financial benchmarks as well as the asset based benchmarks such as the maintenance, renewals and backlog ratios. The information in the plans varied considerably between councils and we found a number of common themes across the documents and reporting structures that can and should be improved.

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Fit for the Future Lessons – Merger Costs, Benefits and Risks

Merger, Fit for Future

August 2015

Costs can be estimated by looking at other mergers. Information from the Queensland Treasury Corporation and the Auckland Transitional Agency about Queensland and New Zealand mergers provides examples of relevant costs that were reasonably consistent. However, we noted in NSW as the number of councils involved, size (staff, geographic and financially), location and even the services provided differs between councils and across jurisdictions, costs needed to be scaled to each individual merger taking these factors into account.

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Improvement Modelling for Service Reviews

August 2015

The process of developing improvement proposals has, in our view, been one of the most positive benefits of the Fit for the Future process. It places importance on the reality of steps to create susta...

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Local Government and Community Identity

August 2015

The community engagement process for Fit for the Future clearly showed the strong link between local councils and sense of community identity, and that many communities are deeply passionate about the...

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Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs)

August 2015

One of our key areas of expertise is alternative delivery structures for local government including CCOs. Morrison Low is currently working with councils on five CCO projects throughout New Zealand co...

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Asset Reporting Post Fit for the Future

July 2015

The Fit for the Future reforms have clearly demonstrated the importance of sound asset management to the overall sustainability of a local council. Throughout the Fit for the Future process it was evi...

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Case study on disaster recovery

May 2015

When Christchurch was subject to two major earthquakes of magnitude 7.1 and 6.3 and many months of aftershocks of up to 5.4 magnitude, the effects of these two earthquakes resulted is serious loss of ...

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Review saves Tasman District Council $1Million per Year on Professional Services

January 2015

Tasman District Council engaged Morrison Low to complete a detailed analysis of the situation and identify options to improve value for money. The preferred option was to bring key strategic and opera...

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