The Third Future of Local Government Summit

By June 13, 2007No Comments

Over the past two days I attended the third Future of Local Government Summit. This summit is designed to ensure best practice within local government in the areas of resource management, sustainability and governance.

Last year’s summit identified eight key principles including:

  1. Our time has come: embrace reform
  2. Speak with one voice
  3. Re-think what we do/how we do it
  4. Achieve outcomes in shared services/ economies of scale
  5. Measure ourselves
  6. Really listen to the community
  7. Deliver on local priorities
  8. Involve all levels of government in the process of change.

The goal of this year’s summit is to develop a roadmap to assist local government in delivering upon the eight principles. In this regard a number of case studies were presented which examined community planning, resource sharing and the roles of local government within other countries such as the New Zealand and the UK.

There is an increasing trend amongst councils to share resources to ensure efficiencies of share and consistent information across the sector. Waste services, IT and human resources are also examples of areas that have seen an increase in council collaboration.

With continuous pressures such as cost-shifting it is imperative that councils stand united to ensure efficient and well resourced local government sector.

Alex Makin

Alex Makin

Alex Makin is a councillor for the Mullum Ward in the City of Maroondah. Alex has been a councillor since 2005, representing ratepayers, businesses, community groups and residents. I aim to continue making a difference and welcome any thoughts you may have in regard to life, community and business in Maroondah. Phone: (03) 9870 8202 or 0408 311 645 Email:

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