How BMCC Compares

BMCC spends a whopping 23% of it’s budget on Administration. Here’s what other fringe metropolitan Councils spend…Gosford 5%, The Hills 5%, Wyong 2%. We have a serious problem with a very bloated senior management. We need more staff on our roads and parks, weed control and environmental projects. With our rates rises BMCC is just employing more admin staff to produce more glossy brochures telling us how well they are doing!


The statistics quoted are comparatives from the NSW Office of Local Government. You can browse all this information at

BMCC Gosford The Hills Wyong
Expenditure on “Administration” per resident $301 $78 $38 $23
Average residential Rates $1249 $919 $1081 $913
Amount spent on roads & footpaths per resident $97 $147 $140 $165

These figures don’t include the upcoming 40% rates rise or the recent unexpected increase in waste fees!

No BMCC Workers AheadI have talked to many former and current staff members. They all say the same thing…BMCC needs more workers and less administrators. The official statistics above bear this out.

BMCC’s recent satisfaction survey

BMCC conducted it’s own random community survey conducted by IRIS Research at the University of Wollongong.

The reason you haven’t heard much about this is that BMCC did not do very well.

This table below outlines the service activities and facilities that were identified as not meeting resident expectations. If a service or facility has a cross in both the quadrant analysis box and the gap analysis box, it is a good confirmation that this area needs high priority.



Here is the full document Community_Survey_Report_2014

I think all this data indicates that we well and truly need more people out on the job and less bureaucrats and administrators.



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16 thoughts on “How BMCC Compares”

  1. Goodonya Rob.
    Its facts like these that the community need to see and understand..
    Changes at BMCC are not just required in management and financial control however. A council which is of and for the community first will have an entirely different character. Instead of being a top down bloated bureaucracy spending our money to keep their status quo, an effecive and accountable council will be one that does`nt need to perform occasional ‘satisfaction surveys’…because it will be of and, in tune with the community.
    Whats needed is complete CULTURAL transformation at BMCC where in the community interest, councillors dominated by party rule are eliminated. The same goes for undemocratic direction by an overpaid chief executive. Salaries of all senior positions must be transparent.
    Keep up the good work.
    Blue Mountains ratepayers need you.

  2. Do you actually know if it is possible to bring BMCC into line with the Hawkesbury stats?
    Who do you have looking over the numbers that have a financial background and can verify that this is in fact possible – even within say 4-5 years?
    Surely there are auditors available to scrutinise such massive expense blowout experienced by BMC?

    1. Thanks Carl, The Office of Local Government and the NSW Treasury Corporation have a lot of resources to help Councils. BMCC doesn’t use much of these services.
      Also I think we need to utilise the immense wealth of knowledge and experience of our retired residents to form citizens committees that provide oversight and efficiency advice in aspects of Council operations.
      Section 377 of the NSW Local Government Act allows for these sort of committees to be officially formed.
      Auditors are only required to ensure that the accounting practices meet minimum legal standards.

  3. These figures really blow out of the water all the excuses BM council makes when anyone tries to question their spending. Good research. They have no argument against government numbers.

  4. These figures are truly awful. At first I didnt believe you but I downloaded the government statitics and its all there. How could it have got this bad?

    1. I used to work at BMCC and after a while you have to either stop caring or leave. That’s why thing take so long. I stopped caring for a while before I left and just didn’t try hard.

      1. This comment has some truth but is too broad and generalised. I also used to work at BMCC and I understand your frustrations but must set the record straight. There are plenty of really good workers at BMCC and the departments vary a lot. It does happen that workers get disheartened and slacken off but it is not as bad as your generalisation makes out. The biggest problem that I found was that good workers were often micromanaged and not allowed to make decisions. This meant that things could still be done well but often took a long time.

  5. There is a rumour going around that the General Manager at BMCC recently got a big pay rise and now earns about the same as the Premier of NSW. Do you know if this is true?

    1. I have heard this too… from some very well informed sources. The sad thing about BMCC is that there is no transparency on things like Senior staff salaries. The GMs and other wage rises went to a confidential session of a meeting earlier this year and the word going around is that all the Political Party Councillors voted in favour of it. The public, the people who pay these wages are not allowed to know what they are. I believe they should be published.

  6. BMC always says that the Mountains are “different” when it comes to comparisons with other councils. Rob, these statistics blow this claim out of the water. When it comes to the need for administrators BMCC is exactly the same as the others.

    1. The community survey was a joke. No option for reform or efficiency gains. The only options were to give them more money to waste. No wonder only 4000 out of about 30,000 ratepayers responded. None of the options were worth ticking.

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