NEW CALL TO MERGE COUN­CILS

Sunday Tasmanian - - Letters -

Start by get­ting rid of Glenorchy coun­cil. It has over-priced rates and com­plete lack of ser­vice.

Stu­art Dick­en­son

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.

Mark Ni­chol­son

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.

Michael Lynch

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?

Lau­rence Mar­shall

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.

Paul McNa­mara

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.

Ryan Kin­cade

We aren’t big enough for this con­stant du­pli­ca­tion of ser­vices.

Mandy Bev­eridge

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