Shared service models in Australian local government: the fragmentation of the New England Strategic Alliance 5 years on

Conway, Mary-Louise and Dollery, Brian and Grant, Bligh (2011) Shared service models in Australian local government: the fragmentation of the New England Strategic Alliance 5 years on. Australian Geographer, 42 (2). pp. 207-223. ISSN 0004-9182


In 2004, the New England Strategic Alliance of Councils (NESAC) was formed in a successful effort by its member municipalities to avoid forced amalgamation by the NSW government in its (then) program of compulsory council consolidation. The Armidale-Dumaresq, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha Councils, as well as the New England Weeds County Council, formed a 'strategic alliance' under the auspices of NESAC. Over the past 5 years this alliance of councils has developed a model of shared service provision. However, in early 2009, the Walcha Shire Council dramatically announced that it would leave NESAC. This momentous decision raises several interesting questions and may have broader lessons for shared service provision in Australian local government. This paper thus seeks to augment the existing embryonic literature on shared services in Australian local government by analysing the withdrawal of the Walcha Shire Council from NESAC through interviews with the general managers and mayors of the participating organisations.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restrcited access to published verison due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2011 12:28
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: local government amalgamation; New England Strategic Alliance; shared services
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2011.570232

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