Reports by some media outlets alleging Council did not follow proper process when appointing an LGIS provider are categorically false, and to suggest otherwise is blatant ‘fake news’, Council General Manager Anthony McMahon said.

“Let me assure you that Hilltops Council undertook an exhaustive open tender process to identify a provider for Council’s new Local Government Information System (LGIS),” Mr McMahon said.

“In accordance with Section 55(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1993, formal tenders were called for this work late last year through an open tendering method invited by public advertisement.

“Council also worked with an independent consulting company with specific and high-level knowledge of information systems technology to help in the development and evaluation of the tender submissions, which included onsite demonstrations by shortlisted providers that were able to meet the tender specifications,” he said.

Mr McMahon said Council received ten submissions, from which three were short-listed including the existing providers in both Young and Harden, before Technology One was identified as providing the best value for money.

“To clarify, the former Boorowa system was not an option that could be considered because that system is no longer in the market place,” Mr McMahon said.

“It’s important for rate payers to know that appropriate processes and regulations were followed in relation to the LGIS, and any media outlet that makes wild accusations about misconduct should first check with Council to get their facts straight; their audience deserves to know the truth,” he said.

Mr McMahon said the LGIS will not only streamline Council’s internal operations, but will also expand the customer services provided by Council.

The LGIS project is being funded by resources allocated to Hilltops Council by the NSW Government to facilitate the merger process.