Oberon Council gets NSW Government help to implement Cloud-based financial management

MEETING: Cr Clive McCarthy, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, mayor Kathy Sajowitz and council general manager Gary Wallace at the announcement of an innovation grant.
MEETING: Cr Clive McCarthy, Member for Bathurst Paul Toole, mayor Kathy Sajowitz and council general manager Gary Wallace at the announcement of an innovation grant.

MEMBER for Bathurst Paul Toole has welcomed Oberon Council’s successful application for a NSW Government grant to implement a “Cloud-based” financial control centre.

Oberon Council is one of 26 councils and two county councils to share $2 million in grants under the NSW Government’s Innovation Fund, which were available as one-off grants to rural and regional councils with a population of fewer than 10,000 people.

The grants program helps councils find smart solutions to local issues, according to Mr Toole.

He said the grant of $37,000 to Oberon Council would help it implement a Cloud-based financial management and reporting suite to support better planning and decision-making.

“The NSW Government wants to make sure every community gets their fair share of support and this program is a great way to reach those smaller communities which face different challenges to other parts of NSW,” Mr Toole said.

“This program isn’t just about solving problems, it’s about improving the lives of ratepayers by delivering the local services that they deserve.”

This round of grants is on top of $2 million in innovation grants awarded to almost 20 councils last year.