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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Sorell and Tasman Councils Review Process

Voluntary Amalgamation and Shared Services Options

Background

In September 2016, KPMG delivered the South East Feasibility Study (the Feasibility Study) which contained modelling for amalgamation and further resource-sharing options involving four South East Councils: Sorell, Tasman, Clarence City, and Glamorgan-Spring Bay Councils.

At the formal request of Sorell and Tasman Councils, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP, the Minister for Planning and Local Government, authorised the Local Government Board to undertake a review into potential voluntary amalgamation options for Sorell and Tasman Councils (the Review). The Review formally commenced in December 2017. Clarence City and Glamorgan-Spring Bay Councils opted not to participate in the Review. The current membership of the Local Government Board is available for your information.

Scope of the Review

The scope of the Review is focusing on three options:

  1. NO CHANGE TO SORELL AND TASMAN COUNCILS
    Current and Future Viability (10 and 20 year outlook) of the Sorell and Tasman Councils
  2. FURTHER RESOURCE-SHARING OPTIONS
    Potential to improve viability through further shared service arrangements between the two Councils
  3. MERGER OF SORELL AND TASMAN COUNCILS
    Merger of Sorell and Tasman Councils into one local council

The guiding principles for considering voluntary amalgamations and shared services as set out in the Terms of Reference include that any reform must:

  • Be in the interests of ratepayers;
  • Improve the level of service for communities;
  • Preserve and maintain local representation; and
  • Ensure that the financial status of the entities is strengthened.

The Terms of Reference are also available from the Local Government Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet, by telephoning (03) 6232 7022 or by emailing lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au.

Review Process

The Review includes carrying out due diligence and public consultation as required by the Local Government Act 1993 and as directed by the Terms of Reference. The Board has been requested to provide its Report to the Minister by 29 June 2018.

Public Consultation

The Board invited the community, councils and other stakeholders to have a say about the Review by making a written and/or verbal submission(s) to the Board, between 24 February 2018 and 6 April 2018.

A Consultation Paper was prepared to assist persons interested in making a submission by providing information on the scope of the Review, the Review process, and how to make a submission. The Consultation Paper is also available from the Local Government Division by telephoning (03) 6232 7022 or by email to lgd@dpac.tas.gov.au.

The Board offered three public hearings in Hobart, Nubeena and Sorell to provide an opportunity to those interested in making a verbal submission.

Submissions

The Board received 55 submissions and a petition for the Review and these are available to view and download for your information.

The Board is currently in the process of drafting its Final Report to the Minister for Local Government and will provide the Report to the Minister by 29 June 2018.

    For further information on the Review

    Please contact the Local Government Board Secretariat on (03) 6232 7022.