Council changes

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph

Questions will soon be asked whether the Pilbara Regional Council could be moved and downsized.

A motion to look at the structure of the PRC by the end of the financial year, including relocation to the Pilbara and the cost of downsizing, was approved by eight votes at a meeting in Perth on February 22.

Pilbara Regional Council chief executive Tony Friday said the motion was part of a corporate business plan lodged every four years since 2000 to review and maximise value to the region.

“The process is tested to provide value for members and provide the corporate business plan — we’ll put our tenders in the next few weeks,” he said. “It’s done every four years as a requirement. We don’t anticipate any dramatic changes.

“We think it’s still considerably cheaper down in Perth but is good to test these things.

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“If it turned out that we could employ project managers in the regions for less cost, then I’d much rather do that.”

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