Draft local government bill

Act. Community members are invited to have their say on the state government’s proposed changes to the Local Government Act 1993.

Last year the government released a discussion paper and called for submissions from the community. In all, 64 submissions were received. A draft bill has been prepared based on the feedback, which has now been released for further consultation.

Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Gutwein invited community members and local councils to provide feedback.

“There are many challenges facing the local government sector and it’s important we make sure they have the right structure and the right tools so that they can best serve their communities,” he said.

“We are committed to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of local government to reduce costs to ratepayers and to make Tasmania the best place in the country to live, work, invest and raise a family.”

The review has considered a number of matters such as: functions of mayors, deputy mayors and elected members; management and reporting; and reduction of unnecessary administrative requirements.

The consultation period for the draft bill will close on Friday May 5. The bill will then be finalised and introduced into parliament later in the year.

For more information visit www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/lgd.

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