Just how much investigative work the Otago Regional
Council is committing to under the triennial agreement between
the region's local authorities needs some clarification, Cr
David Shepherd says.
The regional council was asked at a meeting yesterday to
adopt the Otago region triennial agreement 2013-16. The
region's six local authorities were part of the agreement,
which the Local Government Act required be signed by them all
by March 1.
It was used as the basis for the Otago Mayoral Forum and
Regional Chief Executives' Group.
For the first time, the agreement included a schedule of
''opportunities for regional collaboration'' to be addressed
by Otago local authorities, listing which council was
responsible for what project.
The Otago Regional Council was listed as the lead authority
for three areas of work.
That work included identifying opportunities for shared
services in office and administration functions, developing
proposals for economic development strategies and identifying
opportunities to partner with Ngai Tahu.
Cr Shepherd said the council needed a ''clearer feel'' for
the schedule and the priorities for achieving the work
''It's a big programme of work, so it will need priorities.''
As the regional council was listed as the lead agency, it
would mean some costs for the organisation.
''We need to get a steer from the chief executive and
corporate services as to what costs are likely to be before
we sign off.''
Cr Michael Deaker said the document was ''quite exciting''
and had the potential to do some ''good things for the
However, he hoped the rationale for the proposed work could
be more clearly explained.
Chairman Stephen Woodhead said councillors should keep in
mind the Government was pushing local government
collaboration through an amendment about to go through
Some of the topics mentioned in the schedule were existing
work programmes and were in various stages of development.
They also had varied workload requirements.
''Others have come to mind as legislation changes and
community needs have changed.''
At every meeting of the Mayoral Forum, each council would
report back on those areas of work.
The agreement needed to be signed off at this meeting so it
could go before the next forum to meet the Government's
deadline, he said.
The council agreed to adopt the agreement.