THREE Eastern Eyre councils are working together to look at opportunities to combine more services but retain their own identities.
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Representatives from the Kimba, Cleve and Franklin met at Kimba recently todiscuss further options for shared services with a “positive outcome achieved,”Kimba District Councilchief executive officer Daryl Cearns said.

Cleve District Councilchief executive Peter Arnold said theaim of the meeting was shared services,reviewing what the councils were doing and what future opportunities there may be.

Mr Arnold said thethreecouncils alreadyworked together with combinedservices suchrubbish collection, developmentand environmental health officers,with lines of communication open betweenworks managers.

“The three councils currently share kerbside waste collection, street sweeping, a development officer, an environmental health officer, and jointly own a bitumen sprayer,” he said.

Mr Cearns said working together would enhance options for the councils while maintaining each area’s identity, and send a message that small councils couldwork together without the need to have fewer councils on Eyre Peninsula.

“We want each council to maintain their separate identities but feel that there could be other areas in administration and works that we can work together.This (meeting) is a start.”

Mr Arnold said the meeting was timely with amendments to the Local Government Act and other State Government legislation’s impactingon local government including “significant changes” in the development/planning processes and local nuisance monitoring in the next 12 to 18 months.

Mr Cearns said the Kimba council was“passionate” about looking into future shared services.

Franklin Harbour District Council’s chief executive Chris Smith said historically the three councils had worked together, but,despite having a common Health Advisory Council, the councils were at differingstages when it cameto doctors.

“Our current doctor is on sick leave so we are without a full time regular at the moment,” he said.“He is currently looking at his options which may include bringing in an additional doctor.

“Council has stated we will work with him to ensure that our town has its own doctor.”

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