Time to merge

IT WAS indeed refreshing to read Brighton Mayor Tony Foster’s comments and his thoughts on the very subject that causes many in local government to run for cover and remain in denial.

Tasmania is overrun by local government – 29 mayors, 29 general managers, 29 senior engineers and the list goes on.

Until we, as local government members stand up and demand that the Minister for Local Government instigate change by way of amalgamation as soon as possible then nothing will change.

Cr Foster’s words that both sides were “gutless” is totally correct.

Too many mayors are hiding behind the mantra of “losing identity” instead of being honest and saying “I need to protect my patch forever against incursion, I need to protect my fiefdom at all costs against those who want change, that is the harsh reality”.

The government will not change the status quo, because it is simply politically unpalatable to do so.

We lack leadership in government, and we lack the fortitude within local government to insist on change.

– TED SANDS, Alderman, Launceston City Council.

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