Prime Minister of Tasmania – Interim report on the review of the future of local government

June 9, 2022

Nic Street, Minister for Local Government

The Liberal Government of Tasmania understands that a capable, efficient and sustainable local public sector will be key to driving the future prosperity of the Tasmanian economy and the well-being of Tasmanian communities.

That is why the government has committed $1.64 million in the Tasmanian Budget 2022-23 over two years to continue the important work on reviewing the future of local government.

The review is undertaken by the Local Government Board, chaired by the highly respected Sue Smith AM, and the scope of the review includes the full range of board roles, responsibilities and functions, including:
*Statutory responsibilities, such as land use planning;
* Provision of services, including waste management and road maintenance;
* Governance and administration, such as asset management; and
* Place-based community roles, such as strategic planning or community advocacy.
Stage 1 of the review began on 20 January 2022 and as a result the Council has undertaken a wide range of face-to-face and online engagement activities across Tasmania.

The Board will report to me on its interim findings from community and stakeholder consultations at the end of this month, with the Board delivering the final report in June 2023.

I am pleased that through their effective collaboration with the Tasmanian Local Government Association, the Council has ensured that all members of the local government sector have had real and meaningful opportunities to participate in the first stage of the review, and I look forward to receiving the interim report soon.

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