Option 3

Greater Hobart

A new Greater Hobart City Council is created from Hobart, Glenorchy, Brighton, most of Clarence, and the urban part of Kingborough.

A new Council would comprise Richmond and its surrounds and the Sorell area.

The Channel and Bruny Islands and Huon Valley would merge to form a new Council.

The other Councils remain the same.

This option would maximise the potential of Hobart to provide a powerful voice for the metropolitan area and for the whole of Southern Tasmania.

Significant savings would be made, and the City of Greater Hobart would be of a size that would command respect both nationally and internationally.

lt would be of a scale consistent with regional and capital city Councils in the rest of Australia, but rural communities would retain their local identity and local control.

On the flip side, some areas within the new metropolitan boundaries could feel the loss ofvtheir independent identity.

The greatest benefits would come fiom a stronger Hobart and Southern Tasmanian economy, better advocacy for the region, a simpler local government structure, improved efficiency, less duplication and cost savings.

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P Rodwell September 2, 2011 at 4:10 pm

The notion of a single municipal entity for the metrpolitan area of Hobart (both sides of the Derwent) appears logical and has merit. The detailed analysis of the option says that amongst the disadvantages is the potential for Hobart to swamp the smaller rural councils. That being the case, I am at a loss to understand why consideration was not given to a combination of options 3 & 4 i.e. a single Council for metropolitan Hobart and some rationalisation of the remaining rural Councils to produce more substantial bodies with sufficient “clout” to effectively represent their areas.

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J. Davies September 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

I prefer the City of Greater Hobart (Option 3) to be in Option 4 with Regional Amalgalmations, thus reducing 12 councils to 4 councils. 9 councils (Option 3) is too many councils for a total population of approximately 250,000.

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David Richardson October 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

I have just read the contribution to this discussion made by the Institute of Architects. This seemed to be a well reasoned contribution, that brought into alignment the range of various other strategies/ plans for the southern region that are forming or have formed.

The idea of a central urban ‘hub’, with three surrounding ‘spokes’ sounds reasonable. This would appear to achieve the twin objectives of improved economic efficiency and local governance. It may also be more politically palatable.

From a financial viability perspective, each of the ‘spokes’ is likely to have a sufficent number of rateable properties within the urbanised part (Sorell, Huonville and New Norfolk) to enable each municipal area to be sustainable. The population for each of the ‘spokes’ would appear to roughly range between 20,000 and 33,000.

This option may also be more acceptable from a local governance perspective, as each of the three spokes could ensure greater accessibility to local councillors and more closely align communities of interest.

I sense that a single southern council or even options 3 and 4 will be a step too far for the communities involved. I would discard Option 1. It is good idea, but will always prove to be difficult to implement, as evidenced by the recent water and sewerage reforms.

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Jim March 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

I really like this option, we need simpler more efficicent councils

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Brian Walter April 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I think Option 3 gives the greatest gains for now, with the greatest opportunity of success.

A greater Hobart council is a “must have” in my view. There’s no continuing needs for 3 larger Hobart councils in such a small area. We miss too much opportunity for a cohesive approach to transport, infrastructure and planning issues with the current arrangement & Hobart to me has always meant the “greater Hobart” including all the areas proposed in this option 3.

The regional councils will still have their influence in the regional areas & a larger Hobart unit can bring more influence on the national stage.

One suggested amendment to the regional structure is to include Tasman with the larger Sorell Council, as in my view Tasman is unviable as it is.

On the other options, Option 2 with a single regional council would only be fasible if all the State Government(s) ceased to exist. Option 1 is not an option- We need to make local Government more efficient.

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