BRIGHTON Council and Stornoway Maintenance have signed a mutual resourcing agreement which will see sharing of plant, equipment and labour for the delivery of road construction and maintenance works between the two organisations.
The program aims to create a single pool of resources to support the Council’s municipal works program, while giving Stornoway an enlarged pool of expertise and equipment to draw from in delivering its own contracts.
The agreement arose through discussions regarding the common resourcing challenges of both local government and the private sector, particularly difficulties in accessing skilled labour, underutilisation of equipment and seasonal workload variations.
Stornoway CEO Tim Gardner said the agreement has had immediate benefit.
“Knowing that we can work in with Council to help deliver their works program has allowed us to employee and train up more people,” Mr Gardner said.
“At the same time, we can quote work for other clients knowing we can draw upon Brighton’s capabilities and resources.”
Brighton Council general manager, Ron Sanderson said the agreement is an innovative approach to managing resource levels through a time of change for local government.
“This model allows us to keep control of our maintenance works, while improving utilisation of experienced staff and specialist plant and equipment”, Mr Sanderson said.
The scope of the services in the mutual resourcing program includes asset inspection and reporting, project supervision, maintenance works programming, routine maintenance works delivery, minor capital works delivery and emergency response requirements.
After a successfully trial in 2008, the new agreement was formally put in place on July 1.