With constant questions about the viability of South Australia’s smaller Councils, a group of seven Councils is finding a way to retain their identity, avoid amalgamation and present a vision for the Councils of the future.
This map shows the 7 participating councils that make the ERA
The Eastern Region Alliance (ERA) is a group of seven eastern metropolitan councils who voluntarily collaborate across Council led projects and services.
The combined income and expenditure of these Councils is almost a quarter of a billion dollars ($250 million). The ability for the seven Councils to identify shared service opportunities where one of the seven Councils is responsible for overseeing the delivery of a particular service thereby reducing duplication and maximising resources; for developing a joint strategies; and the potential for identifying new sources of revenue which minimises our reliance on rates places this group at the leading edge of Councils across SA
Member Councils of ERA are the Cities of Burnside, Campbelltown, Norwood Payneham & St Peters, Prospect, Tea Tree Gully, Unley, and the Town of Walkerville.
At the 2011 Census, ERA’s resident population was 284,503 – just under 18 per cent of the State’s population of 1.597 million, and nearly a quarter of Greater Metropolitan Adelaide’s 1.225 million.
In job terms, employment within ERA’s boundaries is estimated to have reached 89,521 – 10.9 per cent of South Australia’s employment (compared with the City of Adelaide’s employment at that time of 109,403 – 13.3 per cent of the State’s employment). Employment of ERA’s residents is larger, however: 141,027 persons (17.2 per cent of the State’s employment as at the Census of 2011).
The economic contribution of the residents of ERA in 2011 is estimated to be $17.3 billion (19.0 per cent of the State’s GSP) – slightly larger than its population share. The value of goods and services produced within ERA’s boundaries is estimated to be $10.1 billion in 2011. This represents 11.1 per cent of South Australia’s Gross State Product.
Clearly the ERA region represents a significant force within Greater Metropolitan Adelaide.
“Adelaide’s Eastern Metropolitan Councils working together to better serve their communities.”
“To secure a sustainable lifestyle, excellent services and facilities for our communities and to advance the interests of Adelaide’s Eastern Metropolitan Region.”
1. To improve cooperation, collaboration, and coordination across the seven (7) member Councils.
2. To establish a robust operational framework to deliver effective and efficient services
3. To be successful in attracting state and federal government funding for regional initiatives.
4. To increase awareness, and the influence of, ERA within the three spheres of government.
By actively seeking opportunities to work collaboratively, the Eastern Region will benefit from increased sharing of knowledge and expertise, administrative efficiencies and opportunities to seek State and Commonwealth funding. This all adds up to better results for our communities and greater environmental benefits.
Our Councils choose to work as partners to achieve agreed social, economic, environmental, cultural and other related priorities for our local communities and eastern metropolitan Adelaide as a whole.
The Alliance sets out to achieve benefits, without the negatives and losses that come with Council amalgamations. We retain local democracy, representation, proximity of service, local accountability, immediacy of response, and identity. We deliver economies of scale, and avoid duplication of individual effort.
The Eastern Suburbs are regarded as affluent but there are pockets of disadvantage and gaps in service delivery. Part of our role is regional advocacy to ensure that our communities receive a fair share of resources, services, and investment from State and Federal Governments.
Regional co-operation amongst councils is possible, provided there is the will, and a platform. The Eastern Region Alliance provides a platform that is both efficient and effective.
The 7 member Member Councils of ERA are the Cities of:
- Norwood Payneham & St Peters,
- Tea Tree Gully,
- and the Town of Walkerville.
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