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Local Government Board Review - Sorell and Tasman Councils

Final Report

On 3 August 2018, the Minister for Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP, published the Local Government Board's Final Report: Review of Voluntary Amalgamation and Shared Services Options for the Sorell and Tasman Councils.

The Executive Summary of the Report is also available to view and download.

The Board recommends that the Sorell and Tasman Councils pursue voluntary amalgamation, because of its potential to deliver a range of financial and strategic benefits for the Councils and the community.

The Board proposes a transitional process that would see the election of councillors for a new, amalgamated council by the end of 2019.

The Minister initiated the Review at the request of the Sorell and Tasman Councils. In undertaking the Review, the Board engaged independent consultants to provide expert advice and analysis, and undertook significant consultation with councils, other stakeholders and the broader community.

It is the Tasmanian Government’s view that any changes must be driven and supported by the local communities themselves.

The Councils will now consider the Board’s recommendations and make a decision as to whether they wish to pursue amalgamation.

Resources and related information

The following associated documents for the Review are available to view and download:

Final Report Review of Voluntary Amalgamation and Shared Services Options for the Sorell and Tasman Councils

Local Government Board Review Final Report - Executive Summary

Summary of the Local Government Board findings and recommendations

Crowe Horwath - Review of South East Councils Feasibility Study Financial Analysis, June 2018

Crowe Horwath - Property Rate Modelling Analysis Report, 31 May 2018

Contact the Local Government Division

For further information or queries on the Report contact the Local Government Division on (03) 6232 7022 or email