John Quinn from the Coningham and Lower Snug Community Association has produced a short treatise on the topic of Council amalgamations. We should all be interested in this issue.
He concludes that:
The case for the amalgamation of the five councils is out of line with contemporary thinking. The financial justification for the amalgamation is very questionable and the benefits can largely achieved through other less disruptive, costly and risky forms of consolidation. The ratepayers of Kingborough face higher risks because their council is relatively low cost and without debt. Kingborough Council need to look hard at the strategic positioning of Kingston. They need to talk openly with other councils, including Huon Valley, and the State Government. The future of the Channel and Bruny Island should be tied to Kingborough.
Click here to read his discussion paper.