The Current Situation

Southern Tasmania is currently divided into I2 municipalities.

Southern Tasmania has a total population of approximately 250,000. Approximately
82% of the population live in the metropolitan area of Greater Hobart.

Greater Hobart comprises all or part of the Local Government areas of Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy, Kingborough, Brighton and Sorell.

The region as a whole represents approximately 48% percent of the total Tasmanian population.

The population of each of the council areas* is:

  • Brighton: l5,807
  • HuonValley: l5,l34
  • Central Highlands:2,324
  • Glamorgan/SpringBay:4,500
  • Clarence City: 52,140
  • Kingborough: 33,464
  • DerwentValley: 10,036
  • Sorell: I3,127
  • Glenorchy City: 44,628
  • Southern Midlands: 6,054
  • Hobart City: 49,887
  • Tasman 2,374

*Source: ABS Estimated residential population 2009

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Tom Brown September 22, 2011 at 9:19 am

Allow the councils in financial trouble to merge with thier neighbours if they need to, otherwise if it aint broke don’t try to fix it.

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Ian Wright September 22, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Say no to mergers !!!

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Nigel Shearer September 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Current situation is ridiculous in modern era. Historically small councils have operated without the critical mass to provide quality and value for money services to local residents. This structure is totally unsustainable.

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rick October 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Why is bigger better? A bigger organisation does not mean it will be more efficient.

Lets look at two recent examples of public spending which question the bigger is better paradigm.
1) the Building Education Revolution.
Who got better value – the state run schools which tender large contracts or the local independent schools with individual tenders? I think the local independent schools with local people committed to ensuring that the local needs were meet and building provided a lasting value to the school did much better than large state run education departments.

2) Southern Water meter installation.
The tender of 50,000 plus meter installation is an excellent example where theory that a large tender will deliver the cheapest and most efficient outcome can fail. The problem is the job was so large that no local firms could tender for the contract and the capable inter-state firms were also limited. Hence, the competitive advantage of the large contract were not realized with the perverse result that local business received little benefit too.

I think the large council is great if you want to disenfranchise the local community, remove the local identity and discourage the local involvement in local issues.

I also say no to mergers!

Further, a council does need to have all the expertise inhouse to tackle the issues they must deal with. The existing technology makes using the global expertise much easier now than ever. Finally, if you look overseas the trend is just is likely going in the opposite direction where for example education and medical care is being devolved to the local level where the local community can more effectively identify the spending priorities and desired outcomes.

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