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Cost of Growth

November 2017

Investment in the infrastructure required to support a growing population comes with significant risk for local authorities.  Failure to get it right means that ratepayers are funding that growth.

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What does the Election Result mean for Local Government?

October 2017

As of today no one really knows.We do know that New Zealand First will play an important role in government going forward – whether it be part of the next government or from the cross benches.We won’t...

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Special Schedule 7 to be completed soon

August 2017

With the preparation of the 2016/17 financial statements well underway it is essential to have reliable and accurate reporting of your organisation’s infrastructure needs. Having a reliable, repeatabl...

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Special Schedule 7

June 2017

By now we all appreciate the importance of fully understanding our organisation’s infrastructure needs and the importance of infrastructure reporting via Special Schedule 7. Having a reliable, repeata...

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Section 17A Service Delivery Reviews – the end is not in sight

May 2017

There has been a flurry of activity as we approach 8 August 2017, when Council’s first round of Section 17A Delivery of Service Reviews are due to be completed under the Local Government Act. It might be the looming deadline but it could be that Councils have looked back at what Council said it would do to meet Section 17A in the last LTP? Have you met those commitments? It’s a good question to ask now as the community might be the next to ask.

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Fixing Country Rail Funding Round Now Open

May 2017

 "Fixing Country Rail is a program to fund rail infrastructure enhancement projects that eliminate connectivity constraints on the NSW regional rail network and reduce the cost to market for regional ...

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Tourism Infrastructure Fund – making the most of Central Government funding

Grant Funding

May 2017

The Government has announced an increase to the available co-funding for tourism infrastructure.  While this announcement is likely to be warmly received by the local government sector, based on the p...

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New Accountabilities for Integrated Improvement Plans

March 2017

In December last year the Office of Local Government (OLG) released Circular 16-19 confirming that the Office intends to monitor councils’ performance against the Fit for the Future (FFTF) benchmarks ...

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Why the 2018/28 LTP is a priority right now!

February 2017

When we recognise that “planning is continuous”, is it correct to say we are moving into the 2018/28 LTP “season”?  Whether you have a season or not, the reality is that councils are gearing up for it...

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Is your project investment ready?

February 2017

You wouldn’t expect a private investor to commit funds to a project without a high degree of confidence that it was ‘investment ready’, based on information provided and their own due diligence.  It i...

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