In 2014/15 LGIS has capitalised on the opportunities derived under its new ownership by the LGAQ. The new ownership has allowed LGIS to dramatically evolve its value proposition, to better serve local government to deliver greater infrastructure management outcomes.
LGIS’s service offering now aims to overcome some of the key infrastructure challenges facing local government, including but not limited to areas of market failure (such as energy), providing advisory services in areas of complexity and risk, and supporting the introduction of innovation and technology.
Key achievements this year have been:
This year Winton Shire Council progressed to the concept design phase of the Geothermal project which is expected to deliver savings of more than $15 million on electricity bills over 20 years. Murweh Shire Council has also commissioned a concept design assessment for Charleville, with energy savings of more than $12 million anticipated over 20 years. A further three councils (covering four towns) have signed up for pre-feasibility assessments and LGIS is in discussions with a further 12 councils to investigate the Geothermal potential for their communities.
LGIS has also supported McKinlay Shire Council to procure more than $500,000 of solar energy systems for council-owned buildings.
With recent focus from Queensland Treasury Corporation and Queensland Audit Office, LGIS has built a tailored set of services for local governments to develop capability for robust and strategic asset management. A number of councils have already committed to the LGIS Asset Management Program with significant growth forecast for the next financial year. With this LGIS is continuing to explore and develop innovative tools that can support councils to drive improved efficiencies and potential financial savings in managing assets.
LGIS has undertaken a diverse range of advisory services in 2015. From assessing swimming enclosure investment in Redlands City Council, a waste collections review for Cairns Regional Council, to a property strategy in South Burnett Regional Council. The scope of general advisory services provided has demonstrated that LGIS is a trusted advisor to local government, particularly in areas that contain significant risk and complexity.