Premier Jeremy Rockliff’s new commitment that no councils in Tasmania will be forced to amalgamate with their neighbours is a welcome development in a Local Government Review process that has stoked community concern and a widespread campaign to protect the integrity of local government representation and planning decision making.
Local Government Review
Planning Matters Alliance are continuing the rollout of public community meetings to discuss mooted changes to local government, including forced amalgamations and the removal of planning from local Councils.
Planning Matters Alliance Tasmania and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust today called on the state government to respond to the recent Council submissions to the Future of Local Government Review and rule out forced amalgamations and major changes to planning.
Removing councils as a Planning Authority and forcing amalgamations could kill Local Government in Tasmania and with it local representation, accountability and core services.
During the Tasmania 2021 state election PMAT urged voters to call on all political candidates to defend the right of every Tasmanian to have a say over their own future.