THE Wellington Blayney Cabonne Strategic Alliance (WBC) saved the three councils more than $5 million in 10 years, according to outgoing chairman Ian Gosper.
Cr Gosper said ratepayers continued to benefit since the formation of the alliance of councils in 2003.
During 2012/2013, the WBC achieved savings of $546,595, taking the total savings since its inception to just under $5.2 million.
Cr Gosper, who handed over the chairmanship to Blayney mayor Scott Ferguson yesterday, said the WBC’s collaborative arrangements and shared service models had been a forerunner for local government reform.
“When the WBC was formed in 2003, there were doubters who predicted it would not last and would not deliver the promised benefits,” Cr Gosper said.
“It’s extremely gratifying that not only is the WBC still operating a decade later, but continuing to achieve average savings and efficiencies of more than $500,000 a year for ratepayers of the member councils.”
Major savings and efficiencies in the past year included a joint resealing tender, shared employment of a principal strategic planner, the joint engagement of fleet review consultants, implementing the joint IT system, software sharing, joint engagement of internal auditors and a joint code-of-conduct committee.
The WBC board consists of the mayors and deputy mayors of Wellington, Blayney and Cabonne Councils, the chairman of Central Tablelands Water and the general managers of those councils, with the chair and secretariat rotating each year.