Council to explore options for potential mergers and resource sharing

Clarence City Council has agreed to explore options for voluntary mergers and shared services with neighbouring municipalities to determine whether any potential new arrangements can be in the best interests of Clarence ratepayers.

Clarence City Council has agreed to explore options for voluntary mergers and shared services with neighbouring municipalities to determine whether any potential new arrangements can be in the best interests of Clarence ratepayers.

The decision comes after the Minister for Planning and Local Government wrote to all Tasmanian councils seeking to initiate a conversation around voluntary amalgamations and resource sharing.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said Clarence Council had advised the Minister that it would consider exploring options with any neighbouring municipalities that were willing to participate.

“It is important to emphasise that Council’s preparedness to be involved should not be seen as a decision to merge with another Council,” Mayor Chipman said.

“The scope and process of any feasibility study will be subject to further determination by Council.

“At this stage, Council is simply indicating that it is willing to explore options to see if there are better ways of looking after Clarence residents and ratepayers.”

 

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