Option 4

Separate Eastern & Western Shores for Hobart & Regional Amalgamations

The creation of new local government areas, reducing I2 Councils to, say, five – Eastern Shore, Western Shore, South Eastern Coast or Tasman, D’Entrecasteaux, Central Lakes.

The Eastern Shore would comprise Clarence, Brighton and the urban part of Sorell.

The Western Shore would comprise Hobart, Glenorchy and urban Kingborough.

South East Coast or Tasman would comprise the eastern part of Southern Midlands, Sorell, Tasman and Glamorgan/Spring Bay.

D’Entrecasteaux from a merger of Huon Valley and the rural part of Kingborough.

Central Lakes from Central Highlands, Derwent Valley and the western part of Southern Midlands.

This would mean a more equal balance of power between Councils in the region, as well as a more efficient way of working.

lt also recognises the claims by some that the eastern and western shores of Hobart are different communities.

However, it would fail to capitalise on the potential of a single political voice and administration for the whole metropolitan area of Hobart.

There would be a significant amount of upheaval for limited cost savings.

The region could also lose out in advocacy.

The greatest benefits would come from a simpler local government structure, improve efficiency and less duplication.

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P Rodwell September 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Sorell is sufficiently geographically separate from the Derwent’s eatern shore and the urban part of Clarence to remain as a key part of the SE-Tasman unit. And is the gateway to both the East Coast & Tasman. It would give a little more mass and impetus to to this area.

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J. Davies September 5, 2011 at 10:31 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, instead of 5 (Option 4).
The Eastern & Western Shore councils are so close together they may as well be one council. It would be of a size consistent with capital city Councils in the rest of Australia.

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Neil Morrow September 10, 2011 at 10:15 am

I agree with J. Davies with a greater Hobart council area and 3 regional councils. Any amalgamations and restructure should take the opportunity to completley reconsider industrial relations arrangements with council employees. The current system is inefficient and costly – particularly the 9 day fortnight provisions. All amalgamations should strive for cost savings and efficiencies which should be achievable considering the removal of water and sewerage from Local Government responsibility.

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Kevin Alomes September 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I think I would prefer option 4. The population of the Clarence, Sorell and Brighton Municipalities now have a population of 83,000 plus now and growing at a reasonable rate. So imagine in years to come the population could be over 100,000 people. I sure that will be more than enough to administer by one Local Council as well as being able to service the area.

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G. Ashmore September 16, 2011 at 5:41 pm

By amalgamating Hobart, as in Option 3, and creating a larger suburban council area, the three remaining areas, as in Option 4, become easier to market from a tourism perspective, ie. East Coast, Channel Country and Central Highlands. Much of the cost benefits should be shared by these rate-payer diminished new Councils to enhance their viability as Hobart will then be receiving the lion’s share of future rates.

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rowan sproule March 18, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I concur that a hybrid option providing a single Hobart council embracing both western and eastern shores and with three regional councils covering the east, the south/south west and the north/west would give a healthy balance with ratepayers, provide a strong voice for the capital city and deliver substantial savings through shared infrastructure, systems and planning systems. Further, the substantial reduction in elected members and overtime, administration staff, must also deliver significant cost savings. Developers and investors would welcome such a structure in the south which could act as a role model for state-wide changes.

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