Below is a list of cooperative projects and their key stakeholders.
Best Practice in Aggregated Procurement
Central NSW Joint Organisation (JO) is providing the lead for four JOs, including Canberra, Riverina, and Riverina and Murray in the Best Practice in Aggregated Procurement Program (BPAP).
This project seeks to leverage the enabling legislation for JOs to ensure that member Councils, and through them their communities, will get best value from procurement through the JO. This includes supporting local businesses and a road map for procurement tailored to each JO.
The project is funded by the NSW Government and will be completed by June 2021.
Tourism Data Project
Councils across Central NSW spend an estimated $20m per year on tourism services, attractions and events.
50% of Central NSW JO members do not get any tourism data from Tourism Research Australia or Destination NSW to assist in measuring the success of their investment or that of the tourism industry across the region.
Meanwhile, every Regional Economic Development Strategy for CNSWJO members identifies tourism as a key area of growth.
CNSWJO has identified the need for improved data, not just using existing metrics but to better inform future decision making. This is why there has been co-investment by members, the CNSWJO, Western Research Institute and Destination Network Country and Outback.
This project was completed in December 2020.
Clean Energy Central Program
This program recognises that every Council is at a different stage of the journey to net zero emissions and seeks to accelerate outcomes both at the local level and then achieving value for members and their communities through regional action.
The program has been codesigned with DPIE and Stage 4 includes advice on replicating the project in other JOs.
Consulting support will produce a series of outputs including grant applications and procurement specifications to progress on ground action.
Culture Maps Central NSW
A collaboration between Arts Out West, RDA Central West and Central NSWJO has been the Culture Maps project. This website supports visitors and locals exploring all things cultural in Central NSW including public art, galleries, events and the region’s rich heritage. It launched September 2020 in Bathurst at the meeting of the CNSWJO Regional Tourism Group.
Check out the new website: https://centralnsw.com/
Electric Vehicle Toolkit
The councils in Central NSW have a keen interest in electric vehicles and have collectively developed a Electric Vehicle Charging Toolkit to assist the community and local businesses to understand and navigate the process of installing chargers throughout the Central NSW region.
The Toolkit is designed to walk through the necessary steps involved in installing electric vehicle chargers, including considerations such as site selection, charging infrastructure, required approvals, the installation process and signage.
This project is to understand and support the new role of our CBDs
Identified by the Economic Development Officers of the region and with good alignment to the strategic priorities of the Joint Organisation this project seeks to:
- Deliver advice to member Councils regarding the changing nature of the CBDs including:
- Opportunities and challenges
- Supporting community through the change period
- Advice that is both LGA specific and includes regional opportunities
Central NSW Joint Organisation members collaborated on a regional project to identify key locations to install EV charging stations. This was a strategic approach to charging infrastructure that will ensure that electric vehicle drivers have the most logical and stress-free journey through the region. The project had a strong tourism focus to ensure there is inter-connectivity with the Sydney and Canberra. In 2021 a regional report was published. To see the report on Regional Charging Infrastructure in Central NSW click here.
Visiting Family & Relatives Regional Campaign – “We Want You Back”
During the Covid19 period the region worked collaboratively in developing and rolling out the “We Want You Back” (click here to view the campaign which was promoted on Facebook and on the VisitCentral NSW website). The campaign included a mix of digital content, social media, public relations and television advertising and leveraged twenty-seven x 40 second videos featuring local tourism personalities sharing their stories on what they love about their region with tips on things to see, do and taste.
The campaign featuring home-grown talent was designed to promote the region to intrastate travellers visiting family and friends and this was the first time a TV campaign had been produced by the group.
Mayors issued media releases as part of the campaign to encourage local hosts to support local when visiting friends and relatives come to stay.
Online WHS Contractor Inductions
CNSWJO member councils have been conducting general WHS inductions for contractors since 2003 with the package undergoing many reviews and updates during this time to ensure alignment with legislation and council requirements. As a result of significant amount of interest from members of the WHS/Risk Management Group the project was fast-tracked with approval from the Board to help alleviate congestion and the backlog of inductions that occurred during the early months of Covid-19.
A Working Party was formed, consisting of staff from Bathurst Regional Council, Cowra Council and Forbes Shire Council, who worked on the content of the online module. A significant amount of material had been developed for the existing WHS Induction Program and together with information used by Forbes Shire Council in their current online induction program a new regional module has been developed.
The online module has been published and available to be used for inductions. Use of the online induction module is voluntary, face to face delivery of the induction is still an option if preferred and noting that the online WHS induction does not replace a site-specific induction.
Learning Management System / Online Learning
CNSWJO has a contract with ELMO on behalf of its member councils for a Learning Management System. The contract has been in place since 2017 and was recently renewed for another three years.
Each ELMO platform is managed individually by each Council and across the region, there are a total of 2,282 users on the ELMO platform. These users have access to over 300 courses that are currently available in the ELMO course library and Councils can build and upload their own modules onto the ELMO platform as well.
Water and Wastewater Training
The CNSWJO Water Utilities Alliance (CWUA) recognises that having an appropriately trained and competent workforce is critical in ensuring public health and clean water for the environment from their water, wastewater and recycled water operations.
With ever increasing standards for drinking water quality including the implementation of Health Based Targets in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines, training of water treatment operators is required to meeting regulatory requirements.
Part of an overarching Workforce Development Strategy, the CWUA aims for Water Treatment Operators to be “certified” under the industry recognised National Certification Framework for Water Treatment Operators.
The training of water & wastewater operators (and subsequently certification) from across the region has been evolving since 2011 and is the road has been as follows:
- 2011 – Regional Training, Mentoring & Resource Sharing Strategy identified
- 2012 – Water Resources Working Party formed to deliver Strategy
- 2013 – Workforce Development Pilot Project
Four CWUA member Councils (Parkes, Cowra, Orange and Forbes) participated in the NSW Pilot of the National Certification Framework for Operators within Drinking Water Treatment Systems managed by the Australian Water Association contributing 16 out of 50 candidates.
- 2014-2015 – the mapping process commenced and training gaps identified
- 2016 – Training Program Commenced – Round 1
Approx. $30k in funding secured from State Training Services to deliver the 76 units identified through the pilot program to the 16 candidates, training delivered in the Central NSW region by North Coast TAFE. Once the pilot was completed, the Water Industry Skills Taskforce appointed the Water Industry Operators Association (WIOA) as the certifying body for Operators in NSW.
- 2018 – Training Program – Water- Round 2
Following the success of the pilot and utilising the tools and expertise developed, the program was rolled out to other CWUA member Councils.
Round 2 comprised:
- Smart & Skilled funding
- 4 blocks of training over 4 months
- Training was delivered in 5 LGAs
- Site visits for 9 participating councils
- A total of 211 units were delivered across 17 units of competency
- 43 operators completed the training project; 19 operators now certified Water Operators under the WIOA national certification scheme
- 2020 – Training Program – Wastewater – Round 3
The training for Round 3 commenced in October 2020 and was completed in June 2021. Upon successful completion of Round 3, operators will be awarded a Cert III in Water Industry Treatment – Wastewater and Certification under the WIOA National Certification framework.
Round 3 comprises:
- Smart & Skilled funding
- 7 blocks of training over 8 months
- 566 units to be delivered
- 20 Units of Competency
- 52 wastewater operators
- 9 member Councils
The environment will be better off as well-informed operational practices can prevent inappropriate off-site discharges, conserve water and avoid damage to aquifers and waterways.
Future plans for Round 4 are to have Recycled Water Operators trained & certified plus Water and Wastewater training delivered in the region every alternate year.
Southern Lights NSW
Southern Lights NSW is an enabling infrastructure project designed to deliver better, safer, cheaper lighting and smarter, connected communities. Not only will lighting levels be improved, the project will provide significant connectivity benefits to regional and rural communities across southern NSW from Bega to Broken Hill.
Covering 41 Local Government Areas, the Southern Lights’ project is evidence of the capacity for local government to collaborate for innovation. Southern Lights’ Project Partners are the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC), the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO), Central NSW Joint Organisation (CNSWJO), Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) and Broken Hill City Council.
The roll-outs have commenced in Bathurst, Cabonne and Orange.
Progress on the rollouts can be found on Essential Energy’s Engagement website.
The Department of Local Government requires Councils to have an assets policy and asset management strategy to meet community expectations as identified in the Community Strategic Plan for improved efficiencies and minimised costs.
A combined project of the Water Utilities Alliance, and Roads Technical Committee commended to develop a regional procurement of a third party to run the National Asset Management Assessment Framework (NAMAF) across CNSWJO member Councils inclusive of all asset classes to improve asset management practices. As Asset Management capability and capacity is a priority for the New South Wales Government and the performance audits planned to be undertaken by the Auditor General.
All NAMAF assessments have been completed in this region and a workshop on outcomes, a regional perspective and next steps will occur as the Covid situation improves.
164 Bridge assessments for member Councils and a regional report to inform further funding and collaborative opportunities with the State and Federal Governments’ with a view to delivering even more value to members and the State. Click here to view a case study.
CNSWJO supports inter Council cooperation through its operational and strategic groups. These are:
- The General Managers’ Advisory Committee
- The CNSWJO Water Utilities’ Alliance
- The CNSWJO Roads and Transport Committee
- The CNSW Tourism Group
- The CNSWJO Planners’ Group
- The CNSWJO Human Resources Managers Group
- The CNSWJO Training, Learning and Development Working Group
- The CNSWJO WHS/Risk Management Group
- The CNSWJO Energy Group