Bass Coast,

Council delivers efficiencies totalling over $640,000

Bass Coast Shire Council achieved over $300,000 in efficiencies for the second quarter of 2015/16, with the savings presented in a quarterly report at the February Ordinary Meeting this week.

The efficiencies follow savings of $345,000 made in the first quarter of 2015/16, with Council’s full time equivalent staff also reduced by five in the first half of the financial year.

Council CEO, Paul Buckley PSM, said the efficiencies were part of Council’s commitment to a culture of continuous improvement and review of processes and practices to ensure services are efficient, relevant and meet the needs of our community.

“Management and officers continue to look for opportunities to review the way we provide services to ensure that they remain relevant and are as efficient as possible,” Mr Buckley said.

“Any savings identified within the 2015/16 financial year will allow greater investment in Capital Works or a reduction in any need for rate increases in future years.”

Service reviews undertaken in Local Laws, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention, as well as Environmental Health, resulted in efficiencies of $240,000 and $60,000 respectively.

Following a more educative approach to pet registrations, Council also collected increased revenue of $15,000.

Service reviews across the organisation are continuing, with reviews in Cemetery Management, Building Approvals, Valuations, Local Laws, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention, Visitor Services and Environmental Health Services already implemented.

Reviews in Caravan Parks, Recreation Services and Waste Management are currently in the draft report stage, whilst upcoming reviews include Fleet Management and Funding to other Organisations.

These savings, totalling over $640,000, are on top of direct savings of $2.78 million compared to the 2014-15 Budget.

Operational savings came in the form of reduced employee costs, as well as ongoing efficiencies made through service reviews.