THERE is widespread council support for most recommendations made by an independent review of the City of Greater Bendigo, according to chief executive Craig Niemann.
Mr Niemann said council staff had looked at the recommendations in depth and that some changes had already been made.
“They are items that are about improvement,” he said.
“If we can implement recommendations and they improve the way they run the business and how we deliver services, that’s a good thing for us and a good thing for the community.
“Some of the recommendations need a bit more work and we need to spend time talking to councillors about them.
“If councillors support the recommendations, we need to talk about how we implement them and over what timeframe.”
Mr Niemann said changes had been made to the way some services were run and in community engagement.
He said some changes would be made quickly, while others could take two or three years. “It will be improvements in our business which you can’t always measure in dollars and cents,” he said.
“If we can govern better, consult better and deliver services better, then overall the community will be better off.
A plan to make the council’s tourism and arts department a separate entity which would pay for itself within five years was a challenge, according to Mr Niemann.
And he said the consolidation of council offices at a cost of about $60 million to $70 million would also be a challenge.
“Any funding from other levels of government for the offices would have to involve other departments using it,” he said.
“I think there are other projects that we would be trying to source government funding for.
“But I wouldn’t rule that out.”
Mr Niemann said it would be hard to quantify the savings that would come from the $250,000 review and said there would be further investigations.
An official response from the chief executive will be tabled at tomorrow night’s council meeting.