The decision follows the review of survey results from the community on options outlined in the two voluntary amalgamation feasibility studies as well as the option of no amalgamation at all.
From 31,000 surveys posted to residents in September, a total of 5,593 surveys were received – a response rate of 18 per cent.
The results reveal that 52 per cent or residents were not supportive of an amalgamation in the south east and 64 per cent not supportive of an amalgamation in greater Hobart.
Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman, said the Council will now advise the Minister for Local Government that Clarence does not wish to pursue a voluntary amalgamation in the south east or as part of a Greater Hobart.
“While the survey results were not determinative in their own right, Council has seriously considered the feedback from the community and decided not to pursue an amalgamation with neighbouring councils,” Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman said.
“While the two feasibility studies identified some benefits, questions remain about adequate representation for our community, levels of service, impact on rating and Clarence subsiding service improvements outside its area.”
“We will also strongly oppose any proposal by the Local Government Board to involuntarily incorporate or annexe any part of the Clarence local government area.”
The survey also asked residents if they were supportive of a strategic alliance between Clarence, Kingborough, Glenorchy and Hobart. A strategic alliance aims to deliver a more integrated approach to strategic planning within a regulated framework under a Greater Hobart Capital City Act.
Council reaffirmed their decision from a Council meeting held in August to further pursue a strategic alliance.
“We believe that there is merit in establishing a strategic alliance with Hobart, Glenorchy and Kingborough and we will advise the Minister for Local Government of this,” Mayor Chipman said.
“A strategic alliance would see all four Councils work together within a regulated framework to provide an integrated whole-of-community approach to strategic planning for sustainable and competitive urban growth within metropolitan Hobart.
“This would include matters around regional land use planning, transport, infrastructure, social inclusion, environmental and waste management.”
More information on the survey results can be found in the Council report from 18 December at www.ccc.tas.gov.au/agendas&minutes.