BACKLASH NOT AN END TO REFORM
COUNCIL mergers are off the table but don’t for one minute think they are dead and buried. As the dust settles on the State Government’s attempt to rationalise council services, there are already calls to take another look at the process. Many believe there is an urgent need to create more efficient local councils with better management procedures, less duplication of services and a more productive work environment. It wasn’t so much the merger proposals that caused the backlash but the way the Government tried to implement them. Any government will be wary about taking on the program after the big show of public anger but council mergers have the potential to benefit residents greatly in the long term. The process should start with ratepayers and councils deciding the best formula and then allowing all parties to find a process that achieves the goal. Oh, and a couple of hundred million dollars to facilitate the process.
Rick Lee - CNG editor