City seeks review tenders

BLACKTOWN Council will go ahead with plans to call for tenders to conduct a service review after a rescission motion was lost last week.

Labor councillors feared the unknown cost and effect on the council's staff while the review takes place.

It is proposed the review cover services provided by at least half of the council's 1500 staff within the first two years.

"It will do nothing but destroy morale in the place," Cr Leo Kelly said.

"Why do we need consultants? We should be big enough to talk to our own staff. It's a waste of public money."

Cr Edmond Atalla believes the motive behind the review involves outsourcing services.

"If you need to benchmark, you don't need consultants," he said.

"I don't believe this is right way of achieving best practice."

Liberal councillor Karlo Siljeg accused Labor councillors of scaremongering and listed two examples of how the council could improve.

"Have you tried to book a council hall and seen how much paperwork is involved?" he said.

"There's no online system to book a hall. To book a sports field, you need to go through two or three hoops to find out how you can book one."

Independent Russ Dickens welcomed the review.

"Residents deserve to know how efficiently their council is being run," he said.

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