WITH a new shire president and a number of new councillors elected, Toodyay’s new council team will need some time to settle in.
Because all newly elected and re-elected councillors campaigned on increasing council and shire transparency, the question now is how will the new council deliver this transparency?
Being based in Perth, I have seen the City of Vincent’s approach to its CEO Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) which are published in full and publicly accessible on the city’s website.
Given this example, I don’t know what barrier there could be to the Shire of Toodyay doing the same with its own CEO KPIs.
Another widespread complaint during recent shire elections was the issue of ever-increasing rates.
Will the new council set a KPI for the CEO to keep all rates below the official Consumer Price Index annual increase?
If not – why not?
The former Barnett State Government when faced with the reality of the end of the mining boom set a target to reduce government expenditure by three per cent.
Could the new council consider this?
Of course, all other matters of council and shire business should also be fully transparent to ratepayers – what is the council’s plan to achieve this?
Additionally, the mycouncil.gov online page states that the Shire of Toodyay’s total value of assets in 2017-2018 was $148,800,983, which certainly includes essential community assets.
Are any assets within this $148 million superfluous to the good governance of the shire?