LOCAL Government has welcomed the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council’s (PESRAC) final report which promotes among other things, structural reform of Tasmania’s local government sector.
As the level of government closest to communities, local government supports a reform process that delivers change in the best interests of Tasmanian communities.
In order for community voices to be heard, a reform process must be collaborative with council and communities. It must work to understand what councils are delivering well, the challenges they face and importantly, take the time to understand the community’s needs.
“The Local Government of Tasmania (LGAT) welcomes genuine discussion and collaboration around a changed approach to local government reform,” said LGAT president Mayor Christina Holmdahl.
“We know from other states that successful reform must be community led. Each community’s challenges and strengths have to be understood to identify the right services for them now and into the future,” Cr Holmdahl said.
“Bigger is not always better. Reform should focus on delivering what communities need in a sustainable way allowing for local innovation and solutions.”
“Councils are place-shapers that drive most people’s attachment to, and satisfaction with, the area in which they live.
“The experience of COVID-19 has shown the strong links between community members and their council and the important role councils are already playing in driving community-led recovery.
“LGAT has a strong history on working collaboratively with State Government to enable local government to best serve the needs of our communities. I look forward to seeing this same approach as we work together to drive community-led recovery in Tasmania,” Cr Holmdahl said.