The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sets out the objectives and management arrangements for the partnership between Bega Valley Shire Council and Eurobodalla Shire Council.
The intention of this MoU is to strengthen the partnership which already exists between the two Councils by implementing a more formal level of cooperation guided by the principles outlined in the MoU. This strategic partnership will achieve cooperative arrangements and establish a framework to deliver greater efficiencies and progress strategies for both Councils and the communities they represent.
It should be noted both Councils have been determined Fit for the Future by IPART and will continue as independent organisations supporting and servicing their communities.
During the Fit for the Future process, both Bega Valley Shire Council and Eurobodalla Shire Council identified the importance of being an active participant in the establishment of a joint organisation as a key strategy to achieving long term financial sustainability.
This MoU recognises the importance of the continued development of strong, resilient and unique communities in the far south coast region. The MoU outlines how both Bega Valley Shire and Eurobodalla Councils can continue to operate and serve their respective communities, whilst working together to achieve improved operational outcomes, improved services and financial results, and improved advocacy.
Key to achieving outcomes will be a commitment to the following objectives:
The MoU outlines the approach and framework the partnership arrangement will follow including:
Bega Valley Shire Council and Eurobodalla Shire Council have successfully collaborated in a number of areas including joint tendering and program delivery, sharing policies and other documentation, regular management meetings and economic planning for key facilities (e.g. Merimbula and Moruya airports, library service review processes, provision of services, advocating on regional projects).
The sharing of resources and collaboration not only represents efficiencies for the two Councils but also provides opportunities for standardisation of plans, controls and policies which benefits and provides efficiency for the development sector when working in both local government areas.
This MoU will build on the current productive outcomes. The opportunities identified will be further explored, prioritised and resources allocated to achieve mutual benefits.
The MoU is not a legal document although it outlines the partnership’s governance structure and source of authority. The parties agree to work together in good faith. The document is a statement of undertaking and is not intended to create a binding or legal obligation on either party.
A report will be presented to Council every six months detailing the outcomes of the Partnership.