City advances on recommendations

A further seven recommendations have been completed following City Of Greater Bendigo's Independent Review.

City of Greater Bendigo councillors will formally receive the latest update on the Independent Review when they meet this Wednesday.

The seven newly completed recommendations are:

Recommendation 4: Create a formal asset management and infrastructure project ranking and evaluation framework;

Recommendation 12: Review the City of Greater Bendigo’s instrument of delegation for planning permit applications;

Recommendation 16: Mandate the completion of business cases to investment grade for all major investment projects;

Recommendation 25: Finalise the Asset Management Policy and form an active Asset Management Steering Committee to monitor progress;

Recommendation 26: Finalise the Asset Management Strategy and implement action items to achieve 80 per cent core maturity;

Recommendation 28: Formalise and document the process used to develop individual project budgets for capital works;

Recommendation 34: Benchmark planning practices and metrics with a minimum of two comparable councils for annual reporting to council.

The Independent Review was undertaken last year and includes 69 recommendations for improvement.

13 recommendations have been completed to date.

Mayor Barry Lyons said he was happy with the progress made to date.

“Much time and energy are being committed to implementing the review and we remain on track to have all 69 recommendations addressed by the end of the current term of council,” Cr Lyons said.

“It is important to acknowledge that in addition to this new work, city staff continue to go about their day-to-day jobs, including town planning, engineering, community development, economic development and customer support, the list goes on.”

The report to this week’s council meeting is available online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au

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