Tasmania has changed significantly over the past 25 years, and despite the past quarter of a century seeing substantial social, economic and technological changes, the Local Government Act has remained the same.
In June, I announced a major review into Tasmania’s local government legislation. Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of a discussion paper on the review that will be undertaken into Tasmania’s Local Government Legislation Framework.
The review will deliver a legal framework that both supports and empowers Tasmania’s local government sector to operate as effectively as possible in the 21st century.
It will investigate supporting greater innovation, flexibility and productivity; minimise red tape; enhance accountability and transparency; and increase community engagement, participation and confidence.
It should be noted that this is a review of the legislative framework and not about amalgamation or municipal boundaries. Tasmanians will have an opportunity to have their say about how local government can best represent their interests, now and into the future.
The Government is also calling for expressions of interest for a Review Reference Group, which will be appointed to workshop, problem-solve and provide advice to the Government’s Review Steering Committee.
The Government is looking for a diverse range of stakeholders with an interest in local government, who can bring elected member, community, local government professional, business, research and industry perspectives to the Group.
The Discussion Paper provides a snapshot of local government governance and operations and considers how the future legislative framework should look.
I invite everyone who has an interest in the future of Tasmania’s local government sector to provide submissions and consider submitting an expression of interest for the Review Reference Group.
To provide a submission visit: http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/local_government/local_government_legislation_review2