T2S gets thumbs up from all councillors
ALL councillors present unanimously endorsed further implementation of the Coffs Harbour City Council's Transition to Sustainability (T2S) Project at Thursday's council meeting.
The councillors were already briefed on the organisational diagnostic, business case and indicative program plan for the project, which aimed to spend $1.7 million over three years on improving and re-engineering council processes, identifying savings and changing the culture to shave $3.2 million a year from the council's costs.
Mayor Denise Knight said she supported the initiative of the council's general manager and staff in taking on T2S.
"The fact it was unanimously supported sends a very clear message," she said.
General manager Steve McGrath said the feedback he received from council staff had been very positive.
Mr McGrath, who described the consultants' report as at times uncomfortable reading, spent three days explaining T2S to members of staff and answering questions.
Councillor Nan Cowling asked a number of questions about the timetable for implementation for various recommendations made by consultants LKS Quaero.
Mr McGrath told the council the program management office to oversee all aspects of the T2S project would ramp up in the first year, the bulk of work was expected to be underway in year two and would ramp down in year three, but there would need to be a review in year three and some work could continue after that.
He said the re-engineering processes were likely to result in identifying excess staff and agreed with a question from Cr Rodney Degens that "channel shifts" to least-cost transactions would involve mobile or online technology.