Councils to share local knowledge

COFFS HARBOUR City and Kyogle councils are putting their heads together to share expertise and experience.

They've entered a sister city/country council relationship which they hope will be of mutual benefit.

“A bridge-building crew from Coffs Harbour is currently in Kyogle looking at ways in which we can share resources so that we can cut the costs of repairing and replacing bridges in the future,” Coffs Harbour City Council general manager Stephen Sawtell said.

He's just returned from a trip to Kyogle, where similar ground was found in eco-tourism aims, asset management and bridge building.

“We are also looking into ways in which our IT experts, who have developed some very innovative and cost-effective in-house systems, can be of help at Kyogle,” he said.

“In recent years, Coffs Harbour City Council has been involved with many groundbreaking water supply and waste management projects that have given staff opportunities to gain knowledge and skills that would be valuable to other councils.”

Mr Sawtell listed the following areas of mutual interest for the councils: human resources, governance and auditing, lands, regional park/national parks, geographic information systems, internet, media, community consultation and information technology.



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