Forced Council Amalgamations

Forced Council Amalgamations

19 May 2015

Debate on my motion in Parliament exposed the government’s plan to force financially sustainable councils to merge. The government wants politically advantageous boundaries. I am concerned about service disruptions, cost increases and lost efficiencies and representation; benefits could be achieved through better resource and service sharing. 

Bigger councils mean bigger election campaigns and I told Parliament we must reform the lax local government election funding laws. I encourage you to voice your concerns to the Premier HERE.  I will continue to work with the local government sector to oppose forced amalgamations and last week met with rural and regional mayors in Parliament to further discuss strategy.  

Let's work together to celebrate and protect our great city!