Million Dollar Savings in Joint Council IT Initiatives
|18 November 2004
SA Ratepayers have saved more than $2 million and will continue to save more than half a million dollars a year as a result of a two-year program of technology initiatives providing better online services which was managed by the Local Government Association.
The initiative which has 60 of 68 SA Councils jointly using one sophisticated web publishing system, costing in the order of $2 million, was made possible as part of a grant from the Commonwealth Government's Networking the Nation program.
It has also been supported by the SA Government.
Local SA company Chimo Pty Ltd has undertaken most of the work keeping jobs in SA - and regional web developers have helped country Councils with design elements, retaining jobs in regional areas.
In another boost to SA, the system is now publishing 25 Tasmanian and one Northern Territory Council websites.
LGA President Councillor John Legoe said the initiative demonstrated that Councils were working to ensure people received quality services at the lowest possible costs. In a special reception following the LGA State Executive Committee meeting today (18/11/04) Cr Legoe highlighted:
* All SA Councils now have websites following assistance provided over the past two years, prior to which 17 country Councils did not have a web presence;
* 60 SA Councils, including 12 metropolitan Councils are now using the system;
* 25 Tasmanian and one Northern Territory Councils are also using the system;
* SA Councils are now using the SA Government's online tender system making further savings and getting information more easily to tenderers;
* More than $26m of payments to Councils have been made online via the SA Government Bizgate system;
* A host of common modules allow Councils to publish data in a consistent format, including cemetery register information, proving invaluable for genealogists (25 Councils now have cemetery registries online);
* Consistent formats allow the central display of composite information, for example a media centre has been created on the LGA website to publish all participating Council's media releases in one chronological listing.
Cr Legoe said the project could not have worked without the commitment of SA Councils working together to create cost savings and better services for people across SA.
"This demonstrates the sort of commitment which Councils have to communities," he said.
For further information contact:
Cr John Legoe, President on 0407 417 314
Ms Wendy Campana, Executive Director on 0417 861 783