Submissions now invited – Local Government Board Review of Voluntary Amalgamation and Shared Services for Sorell and Tasman Councils

Public submissions are now invited on a Local Government Board Review of voluntary amalgamation and shared services options for Sorell and Tasman Councils.

Local Government Board Chair, Mr Greg Preece, said the Board’s Review had been initiated by the Minister for Planning and Local Government at the request of the two Councils. The Board’s public consultation phase commences on Saturday, 24 February 2018 and ends on Friday, 6 April 2018.

“It is important that anyone who may be affected takes this opportunity to have their say.”

“The Board’s due diligence review will be guided by four key principles, that any option is: in the interests of ratepayers, improves the level of service for communities, preserves and maintains local representation, and ensures that the financial status of the entities is strengthened.”

“We are inviting anyone who may have an interest in the matter – residents, ratepayers, visitors, and businesses within the area as well as people in the surrounding area who may be affected to provide their views.”

Written submissions close on Friday, 6 April 2018.

Mr Preece said consultation will be a key component of the Review and that the Board would be releasing a Consultation Paper tomorrow to assist persons interested in making a submission.

Those interested in making a verbal submission, can do so by booking an appointment before 5pm, Monday 19 March 2018, at the Board’s public hearings in Sorell, Tasman, or Hobart.

The times, dates and venues for the public hearings are as follows:

  • Hobart – at RACV/RACT Apartment Hotel on Monday 26 March 2018 from 3pm;
  • Tasman – at Tasman Council Chambers on Tuesday 27 March 2018 from 3pm; and
  • Sorell – at Sorell Council Chambers on Wednesday 28 March 2018 from 3pm.

For further information about the Review, including the Consultation Paper and the Terms of Reference for the Review, call (03) 6232 7022 or visit: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/lgboard

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Previous Voluntary Amalgamation Information

In February 2016, Council in partnership with the Department of Premier and Cabinet commenced a South East Council’s Feasibility Study (“The Study”) of potential voluntary amalgamations and shared services.  The purpose of the Study was to assist Council in determining whether there is merit in amalgamating with other south east Councils and to establish a baseline of information, data and modelling that can be used for consultation with the community.

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