Merger push poses more questions than it answers

By PROFESSOR BRIAN DOLLERY *

The push by the so-called Tasmanians for Reform group (in reality the Property Council representing big property owners) for council amalgamations in Tasmania leaves several critical questions unanswered.

Despite extravagant claims that wholesale forced amalgamation will somehow bring savings of ‘up to 35 per cent’ – something never previously achieved in any Australian amalgamation program – the group is notably silent on other important questions. Continue reading “Merger push poses more questions than it answers”

Brighton rates match CPI – up just 31c a week

BRIGHTON Council has kept its rate rise to the annual increase in CPI with the general rate to go up by just $16 per house next year, or 31 cents a week.

The Council will absorb the carbon tax impact, enabling it to restrict rate increases in the municipality to CPI for the 16th year running. Continue reading “Brighton rates match CPI – up just 31c a week”

Brighton signs tell the true story

SIGNS have been erected at strategic spots in the Brighton municipality to counter the push for council amalgamations that would have a dramatic impact on the municipality’s ratepayers.

Brighton Councillor Leigh Gray said the signs had been placed to combat the misleading message on signs put up by the group Tasmanians for Reform claiming that local government amalgamation would reduce rates.

Signs in Brighton municipality that counter the push by 'the big end of town'.
Signs in Brighton municipality that counter the push by 'the big end of town'.

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Property Council must work with local government

BRIGHTON Council has called on the Property Council (Tasmania) to work with local government to benefit ratepayers rather that continually attacking the third tier of government.

It says Tasmanian would be better served if the Property Council worked with local councils to achieve efficiencies. Continue reading “Property Council must work with local government”

Council amalgamation campaign is a front for Property Council

THE current campaign for local government amalgamations and particularly the establishment of a greater Hobart Council comprising Brighton, Clarence, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough is being pursued by the so-call Tasmanians for Reform Group. This group is little more than a front for the Property Council which represents large property and building owners seeking reduced rates for city office buildings and shops. Continue reading “Council amalgamation campaign is a front for Property Council”

Brighton lobbies against push for amalgamation

BRIGHTON Council is lobbying the State Parliament and other southern councils following its decision to resist the current push for the establishment of a greater Hobart council comprising the municipal areas of Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy, Kingborough and Brighton.

The Council has written to all members of State Parliament, the Mayors of the 12 Southern Councils and key property developers and business leaders, putting forward its case why Brighton should not be forced into the current merger proposal. Continue reading “Brighton lobbies against push for amalgamation”

Council absorbs carbon tax – rates go up only $16

BRIGHTON Council has confirmed that it will absorb the carbon tax impact and restrict rate increases to CPI for the 16th year running, with anticipated increases of just $23 per household.

Mayor Tony Foster said the continuation of Brighton’s fair rating model had been unanimously supported at the April Council meeting Continue reading “Council absorbs carbon tax – rates go up only $16”

Amalgamation push is totally unacceptable

By TONY FOSTER

MAYOR OF BRIGHTON

THE current campaign for council amalgamations and the creation of a greater Hobart council, being pushed by the so-called Tasmanians for Reform group (a front for the Property Council), offers nothing for Brighton or its ratepayers.

As such, Council has determined not to support it. We are confident that Brighton is considerable better off under the current arrangements and that we can achieve efficiencies and service improvements by working with other like-minded councils. Continue reading “Amalgamation push is totally unacceptable”

Studies show amalgamation is not best option for Brighton Rate Rise – no way

BRIGHTON Council will not support the current push for local government amalgamation as it offered nothing for local ratepayers.

Council has questioned the push by the Property Council and other vested interests for council amalgamations and the creation of a so-called greater Hobart council. Continue reading “Studies show amalgamation is not best option for Brighton Rate Rise – no way”

Honoured on Australia Day

BRIGHTON Council held its annual Volunteers and Australia Day Awards Civic Reception onĀ  January 25 with the reception at the Brighton Civic Centre attended by well over 120 invited guests.

Mayor Tony Foster addressed those in attendance with his Australia Day message before introducing the Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador.

Brighton mayor Tony Foster with from left, winners of the Australia Day awards, Janelle Kava, Kerry Wilks, Kath Burns, Damian Williams
Brighton mayor Tony Foster with from left, winners of the Australia Day awards, Janelle Kava, Kerry Wilks, Kath Burns, Damian Williams

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