In late 2008 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Cities of Burnside, Campbelltown, Norwood, Payneham & St Peters, Prospect, Tea Tree Gully, Unley and the Town of Walkerville, to form the Eastern Region Alliance (ERA).
Since signing that MOU, the seven ERA councils have worked towards improved co-operation, resource sharing, more effective working relationships and joint actions to agree and address strategic priorities between any two or more of the seven councils.
ERA has aimed to:
Improve cooperation, collaboration, and coordination across the member councils.
Establish a robust operational framework to deliver effective and efficient services
Be successful in attracting state and federal government funding for regional initiatives.
Increase awareness, and the influence, of ERA within the three spheres of government,
In so doing, ERA councils believe they will help ensure a sustainable lifestyle, excellent services and facilities for its constituent communities.
The CEOs of the seven councils have met monthly to discuss issues of mutual interest, while the Mayors and CEOs have met quarterly. Chairing of these meetings is rotated annually, alphabetically by council name.
For the ERA Mayors and CEOs, the focus for 2015 was on the drafting and refining of an ERA strategic plan, in the belief that this will guide the way for the Eastern Region Alliance to move to the next level of cooperation. One of the plan’s aims is to ensure that ERA’s membership reflects the Eastern Adelaide South Australian Government region. Because the City of Tea Tree Gully sits within the Northern Adelaide region, as of December 2015 it has ceased to be a member of the Eastern Region Alliance. Nevertheless, Tea Tree Gully will continue to participate in some ERA projects where appropriate.
Since 2008 a variety of joint projects have been carried out by working parties or Portfolio Groups made up of staff from the ERA councils, engaging consulting expertise where appropriate.