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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Economy

Lots of questions …

Vegetable Love or Time’s Winged Chariots: local government reform as real change or short term response to frustrations in State economic policy setting level?

Is it just me or do others have lots of questions about what is behind the latest cycle of State government-imposed reform on local government?

Have any other people with an interest in local government got the feeling that the higher up the elected food chain policy makers get, the more simple they want life to be?

That complexity is the failure-point of political success and to be avoided at all costs?

By now a number of local government stakeholders have been presented with the Minister for Planning and Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MHA’s thoughts on reforming local government. We’ve all had the power point, selected documents and Q&A.

For those not invited to the forums, the Minister has set a single objective and timelines in which he wants it to be. He wants Tasmania to be the “most competitive and attractive place to live, work and invest in the entire country” and he wants it done with a voluntary amalgamation investigation process.

Firstly, at the Council level in 2015.

Secondly at the Local Government Board level, with transitions ready for commencement by the end of 2016.

Don’t get me wrong – if an amalgamation or shared service or fee for service arrangement is the best cost-benefit analysis proven way ahead for what is needed now and into the future for Tasmania, all well and good. I remain open to suggestions and of course, I’m politically independent, so there’s plenty of opportunity for debate across a wide range of ideas.

So what’s my problem, then?

Read the answer on Eva’s blog here

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  1. Basil Fitch

    March 10, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Regarding Council Amalgamations, differing opinions by Aldermen Ted Sands (L’ton City Council) and Alderman Tim Woinarski (West Tamar Council), refer to Auckland N.Z.

    Both have failed to put the real facts of Local Govt. in N.Z..

    N.Z. have a central Govt. (Federal) and Local Govt. there is not a State Govt.

    Auckland has a population of 1.5million people,
    20 councillors, 21 Community Boards, with a total of 149 members.

    A Budget of $3 billion and $29 billion Equity and 8,000 staff.

    Auckland is about 3 times the size of Tas. yet
    Tas have 40 politicians (State Govt), 29 Councils and around 300 councillors, including 80 in the 8 Northern Councils!

    Because we have a State Govt. it is not possible to introduce the N.Z. model of Local Govt. completely but I can assure ratepayers much could be used in any future amalgamation.

    I believe N.Z. Local Govt. operators to be the slickest I have witnessed.

    The Tas. & Aust. model is ‘old hat’, out-dated for years.

    Revolutionary change is needed. Basil

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