Tasmania Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Gutwein
Draft Changes To The Local Government Act 1993 Released For Comment
Victor P Taffa
Tasmanians are invited to have their say on the Government’s proposed changes to the Local Government Act 1993, Minister for Planning and Local Government Peter Gutwein said.
Last year the State Government released a discussion paper and called for submissions from the community. A Steering Committee was established comprised of representatives from the Local Government Association of Tasmania, the Local Government Professionals Australia (Tasmania) and DPAC.
In all 64 submissions were received. A draft bill has been prepared based on the feedback, and today the Government is releasing the draft bill for further consultation.
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.
“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.” Mr. Gutwein said.
“We want everyone interested to have their say and have their voices heard. I would also encourage all councils to review the draft bill and provide their feedback too.”
Consultation period for the draft bill will close at 5 pm on May 5th. After that, the bill will be finalised and introduced into Parliament later in the year.
Review of the Local Government Act has considered a number of matters such as:
- Functions of mayors, deputy mayors and elected members;
- Appointment, functions and powers of the general manager;
- Management and reporting;
- Functions and powers of the Director of Local Government;
- Functions, powers and procedures of the Local Government Board;
- Functions, powers and procedures of a Board of Inquiry;
- Government elections – electoral rolls, funding and advertising;
- Recognition, structure and role of regional bodies;
- Reduction of unnecessary administrative requirements.