The blueprint for achieving a more coordinated approach to developing economic initiatives and improved service delivery for the Murray and Waroona communities, was supported this week with both Councils adopting the Murray-Waroona Resource Sharing Alliance Strategy 2020-2025.
According to Murray Shire President Cr. David Bolt, the five-year plan is an innovative approach in the midst of changing economies and increasing community expectations of services, to ensure both local governments remain strong, resilient and adaptable into the future.
“The transparent and cooperative arrangement allows the Shires of Murray and Waroona to maintain their individual identities while facilitating collaboration on sub-regional projects and creating new funding partnerships,” Cr. Bolt said.
Waroona Shire President Cr. Mike Walmsley said the relationship between the two local governments is based on good will and good intentions for residents and ratepayers, to demonstrate how better outcomes can be achieved from available resources.
“Both Shires continue to witness benefits of increased economies of scale and scope, which lead to the development of this five-year plan.
“Economic, social and environmental benefits will be maximised through its implementation and development – collaboration for mutual prosperity,” Cr. Walmsley said.
Arrangements have been in place for Information Technology, Environmental Health and Ranger Services for some years and in 2019 were expanded through the employment of a shared Chief Executive Officer.
Over the next year the Shire’s will focus on developing a Murray-Waroona Sport and Recreation Strategy, expanding joint economic partnership opportunities including tourism, securing water to supply industry and agricultural development.