Ongoing challenge for communities’ councils

MANSFIELD Shire Council’s announcement it seeks new chief executive officer raises question whether shire needs to review expenditure.

MANSFIELD Shire Council’s announcement it will seek a new chief executive officer later this year raises the timely question whether the shire should review its operational costs, staff resources and services.

Local councils’ sustainability continues to be on ongoing topic across the state, with the State Government set to introduce legislation to limit council rate rises to inflation levels.

The Alpine Shire Council – covering Bright, Myrtleford and Mt Beauty communities – recently implemented a human resources review, in which 85 full time council positions have been whittled down to 59 over the past year – mostly through attrition or through voluntary redundancies – shaving around $1.5 million off the budget.

Asked if he had any comment on the Alpine Shire decision, Mansfield Shire’s chief executive officer, David Roff, said “each council makes its decisions on priorities”.

Cr Russell Bate told the Mansfield Courier that a significant “budget cut will severely affect services”.

“It’s necessary (for us) to look at the infrastructure in the shire,” he said

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