NEW CALL TO MERGE COUNCILS
Start by getting rid of Glenorchy council. It has over-priced rates and complete lack of service.
A definite reduction is needed. It’s mind boggling how the current structure is. While we are at it, get rid of the Upper House and increase the Lower House numbers.
Not just councils, Tasmania is overloaded with all sorts of boards, committees and quangos, with CEOs on very nice remuneration packages. Most over-governed and bureaucratic place in the world, no wonder it takes years to get anything accomplished.
Tassie should wake up to the cost of all the duplicated administration throughout the state. There are councils on the mainland that are probably bigger than Tasmania in both population and area. Yet we persist with wanting to spend money we don’t have running these outfits. Still, we have those who would increase the size of our State Government. Consider the cost per Tasmanian taxpayer of supporting the state pollies and admin. Maybe we should become a shire of one of the mainland states?
Five councils at most to cover five regions that could closely work together to promote prosperity in each while also allowing Tassie to be promoted effectively. Give all councils at most one week to decide their future. Then let’s get cracking acting collectively in the best interest of all Tasmanians.
Tasmania needs three local government areas, based more or less on the 62, 63 and 64 telephone areas. 29 councils on an island of half a million people is ridiculous.
We aren’t big enough for this constant duplication of services.