Merging Councils Not Enough

By Christopher Brown AM

Changes to local government boundaries proposed by the state government are an all-too-rare demonstration of good policy amid a sea of political incrementalis. It stands in contrast to the timidity of the Carr government which baulked at reform a decade ago for fear of a union backlash.

The council amalgamations announced by Premier Mike Baird and Local Government Minister Paul Tool at Christmas were a good start but they will only deliver long term impact if they are followed by a wider reform process.

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