Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

30 November 2017

Peter Gutwein, Minister for Planning and Local Government

Working with councils to deliver better services for the North West

The Government is working with councils across the State on how to deliver the best possible local government services at the lowest possible cost to ratepayers.

I welcome the release of the Cradle Coast Authority Shared Services Project Final Report.

The report concludes that over $9 million in potential benefits could be delivered by increasing the services shared by councils on the North West.  Services considered by the report include procurement, information technology, human resources management and works and services.

For this sort of resource sharing to work, it must be driven by local communities and by the councils themselves.  Other states have tried to impose council reform from on high and failed because it hasn’t been supported and driven by local communities.

We have been clear that we will not be forcing amalgamations or resource sharing and I would encourage the people of the North West to join the conversation and to share their views with their local council and its councillors.

It is now up to the local councils concerned to consider this report in detail and consult widely with their communities.

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