commitments by local authorities in the region to establish or continue joint committees or other joint governance arrangements, in order to better deal with 1 or more of the issues referred to in Subsection 2; and the three-year agreement is the main instrument for coordinating the work of the different local authorities, which have to work with a large number of agencies to find solutions to other problems, including local authorities. In addition, the Local Government Act 2002 allowed regional councils to participate in activities reserved for territorial councils, and this amendment created a potential for confusion with respect to roles and responsibilities. . . .