Telecommunications Procurement

Councils spend a great deal on telecommunications’ services and delivery, and across the region, deal with different suppliers and use different software. This project will result in the development of a best practice contract for the supply of telecommunications services to the region. Benefits will include cost savings to Councils, access to broadband being passed on to the community and standardising systems across Councils.

Records induction training

Under the State Records Act, all Council staff are responsible for accurate and methodical record keeping.  This project was to design a web based training program to help staff understand general records management principles and inform them of their responsibilities under the Act.

Shared library services

Councils are, to varying degrees, experiencing difficulties in maintaining financial sustainability and in the employment and retention of staff.

All Councils provide a range of information services to the community through their libraries. Generally the processes by which this is achieved are similar, including software, classification processes and sharing materials. There are therefore likely to be benefits in standardising processes, utilising a single or few common software products which support library administration, the pooling of procurement and utilisation of external services providers.

This project will assess the initial viability of implementing shared services within the provision of library services across SSROC Councils.

Training and development

Councils have common needs in training and development, including risk and compliance training, and are competing for staff with the private sector and other tiers of government, whose training budgets often exceed the resources councils have available. In addition, Councils are operating with changes to community expectations and new legislative environments, and must keep skills and knowledge current.

This project identified key areas for training and development and undertook the procurement process.

Enforcement Officer Protection

At present there is no legislative protection for Council Officers employed to carry out law enforcement functions on behalf of Local Government Councils. Appropriate legislation has been identified that could provide suitable deterrents and adequate penalties in the event of assaults on staff, while they are exercising their delegated authorities.

The purpose of this project was to develop a submission to the Attorney General, Minister for Justice and the Minister for Local Government for consideration of the necessary legislative amendment.

The submission was developed and forwarded to the State Government in October 2008.

GDA-10 Review

Botany Bay Trail Master Plan

The Sydney Metropolitan Regional Recreational Trails framework identified the Botany Bay Trail as a Priority 1 Route. As a result, SSROC began a two-staged project. The first stage was to undertake a Feasibility Study for the development of a multi-use regional recreation trail around the foreshore of Botany Bay, based on the San Francisco Bay Trail. The Feasibility Study was enhanced by the inclusion of a Supplementary Report emphasising the cultural and natural heritage of the area.

The second stage was to prepare a Masterplan and definition of works, and this was completed early in 2009. You can download the Masterplan and associated documents by following this link.

The Sydney Metropolitan Regional Recreational Trails framework identified the Botany Bay Trail as a Priority 1 Route. As a result, SSROC began a two-staged project. The first stage was to undertake a Feasibility Study for the development of a multi-use regional recreation trail around the foreshore of Botany Bay, based on the San Francisco Bay Trail. The Feasibility Study was enhanced by the inclusion of a Supplementary Report emphasising the cultural and natural heritage of the area.

The second stage was to prepare a Masterplan and definition of works, and this was completed early in 2009. You can download the Masterplan and associated documents by following this link.

Sports Fields Management

The Sydney Metropolitan Regional Recreational Trails framework identified the Botany Bay Trail as a Priority 1 Route. As a result, SSROC began a two-staged project. The first stage was to undertake a Feasibility Study for the development of a multi-use regional recreation trail around the foreshore of Botany Bay, based on the San Francisco Bay Trail. The Feasibility Study was enhanced by the inclusion of a Supplementary Report emphasising the cultural and natural heritage of the area.

The second stage was to prepare a Masterplan and definition of works, and this was completed early in 2009. You can download the Masterplan and associated documents by following this link.

A study to review the management of sporting fields in the region, and investigate opportunities for future collaboration.

Final Review of Sporting Fields Management in the Southern Sydney Regional

Temporary Staff Provision

The letting of a contract to provide and co-ordinate the provision of temporary staff for member Councils.

A panel of suppliers has been appointed and the majority of Councils have taken up the contract.

A study to review the management of sporting fields in the region, and investigate opportunities for future collaboration.

Final Review of Sporting Fields Management in the Southern Sydney Regional

DA Process Standardisation

All Councils follow processes to assess development applications. The new legislation has affected what is processed and how, and applies the same criteria to all Councils.

This project was intended to identify the changes to the legislation that have an impact on processing, define good practice, map current development assessment processes, develop the tools for regional consistency and develop and put in place relevant training and development for the Region.

The project is currently on hold.

A study to review the management of sporting fields in the region, and investigate opportunities for future collaboration.

Final Review of Sporting Fields Management in the Southern Sydney Regional

Regional Bike Plan

This project produced a regional bicycle plan/map to enable the councils involved to identify gaps and opportunities in bicycle planning for the Inner West and Eastern Suburbs.

The plan will be used as a lobbying tool for councils, enabling the joint lobbying of state government agencies to provide funds to construct high priority sections of bicycle infastructure and fix bottlenecks. A copy of the Plan and maps is available here.

A study to review the management of sporting fields in the region, and investigate opportunities for future collaboration.

Final Review of Sporting Fields Management in the Southern Sydney Regional

Waste Audit

This project was to establish the composition of the garbage, dry recyclable and greenwaste bins of the SSROC member Councils, and was concluded in 2008. The results of the audit will underpin the design of new service systems and improve services in the future.

A copy of the report is available here.

A study to review the management of sporting fields in the region, and investigate opportunities for future collaboration.

Final Review of Sporting Fields Management in the Southern Sydney Regional

Recruitment Advertising

Recruitment costs are high. All councils advertise in the print media and much of the space that is paid for contains duplicate information, such as EEO advice. In addition, competition for staff is increasing, so attraction of applicants is critical.

This was a three month trial to evaluate the benefits of regional advertising – that is, advertising in the print media in a block, with each council’s identifying logo and brand, but arranged together for maximum impact.

The trial resulted in a large majority of member councils adopting this approach.

A study to review the management of sporting fields in the region, and investigate opportunities for future collaboration.

Final Review of Sporting Fields Management in the Southern Sydney Regional

Walking Coastal Sydney

This project was to establish the composition of the garbage, dry recyclable and greenwaste bins of the SSROC member Councils, and was concluded in 2008. The results of the audit will underpin the design of new service systems and improve services in the future.

A copy of the report is available here.

SSROC has supported the Walking Coastal Sydney project, auspiced by the Sydney Coastal Councils group. A number of maps of walks from Barrenjoey in the north to Cronulla in the south, and west to the Great North Walk, have been developed during the project, and are available to download from the Walking Coastal Sydney website.

Active Travel Strategies

A pilot project examining the role active transport (walking, cycling and public transport) can play in taking children to and from childcare centres. The project included research on previous interventions, parental lifestyle choice and provision of information on alternative transport modes. The Resource for Councils and copies of the Posters can be downloaded from our Publications page.

SSROC has supported the Walking Coastal Sydney project, auspiced by the Sydney Coastal Councils group. A number of maps of walks from Barrenjoey in the north to Cronulla in the south, and west to the Great North Walk, have been developed during the project, and are available to download from the Walking Coastal Sydney website.