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The financial challenge is still front and centre!

December 2021

The announcement of the 2022/23 rate peg sees further financial pressure on councils, with some 88 councils across NSW receiving a rate peg increase of less than 1% - over two-thirds of councils. This has an immediate impact on councils’ long term financial resource planning, as many councils were estimating increases around 2%. Councils will need to reconsider the budgeting and financial forecast implications for the 2022/23 year and beyond.

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Unique projects demand entrepreneurial vision

December 2021

Project management experts often say that the majority of project failures are caused by poor planning. This can sound like the words of a Monday-morning quarterback - only wise in hindsight. If projects that fail are those that experience the biggest unforeseen risks, how can you plan for risks you didn’t foresee? How can you improve project planning without a crystal ball?

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L6 NZ Certificate in Infrastructure (Procurement Procedures)

September 2021

We now have three qualified procurement specialists that can lead a TET / evaluation process as well as sign-off any central and local government procurements.

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New Integrated Planning and Reporting requirements strengthen and mandate responsibilities

September 2021

The new NSW Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) guidelines have introduced some new requirements and mandated features of the next IP&R round. A big change is the requirement to link all adopted strategies and plans to the IP&R framework and make provision to include the implementation of strategies in the delivery program and therefore flow into the resourcing strategy. 

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Special Schedule 7 - infrastructure reporting for 2020/21

August 2021

It’s that time of the year, where councils are well into preparing their end of financial year reporting and will need to report on the condition of their infrastructure assets in Special Schedule 7 (SS7). Working with NSW councils year on year, we observe inconsistencies with how councils are reporting SS7 between themselves and across financial years. At its core SS7 is an essential document for local government, as not only does it tell you what your asset expenditure and condition is, it also clearly articulates what you should be spending on your assets in any given year.

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IPART Domestic Waste Management Charge Review

July 2021

NSW IPART is expected to hand down its decision on the domestic waste management charge (DWMC) review in September. This will require councils to review their current DWM pricing methodology and understand the long-term impact on both the general rate and the DWMC. Morrison Low is currently working with NSW councils to fully understand these impacts.

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Fair value - get it right!

May 2021

The implications of not accurately and consistently assessing asset fair value can have significant adverse effects on the financial position of council. One of the key drivers for financial sustainability is the cost and investment in infrastructure assets. These assets represent a significant component of a council’s equity, and it is critical that the carrying value of these assets reflect the current value.

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A pathway to organisational sustainability

May 2021

In discussions with councils, the burning bridge is the challenge of ongoing organisational sustainability in terms of adequate funding to deliver services, assets, management systems and governance requirements.

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Integrating Integrated Planning

May 2021

Councils are heading into another Integrated Planning and Reporting cycle and one of the things that we frequently find, and most councils acknowledge, is the difficulty in integrating the Resourcing Strategy and, as a result, it is often the weak link.

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Disaster recovery - essential public asset restoration

April 2021

Following an eligible disaster, state and federal funding is available to help councils to restore essential public assets through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). 

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