In February 2016, Council in partnership with the Department of Premier and Cabinet commenced a South East Council’s Feasibility Study (“the Study”) of potential voluntary amalgamations and shared services. The purpose of the Study was to assist Council in determining whether there is merit in amalgamating with other South East Councils and to establish a baseline of information, data and modelling that can be used for consultation with the community.
The Study, carried out by KPMG, was completed in September 2016 and investigated five options:
- Option 0 – Extension of common service arrangements;
- Option 1 – Amalgamation of Clarence City Council, Sorell Council, Tasman Council and Glamorgan Spring Bay Council;
- Option 2 – Amalgamation of Clarence City Council, Sorell Council and Tasman Council;
- Option 3 – Amalgamation of Sorell Council, Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and Tasman Council; and
- Option 4 – Amalgamation of Sorell Council and Tasman Council.
A copy of the study and supporting documents produced by KPMG can be accessed below:South East Councils Abridged Report (705.4 KiB) South Eastern Councils - 1 - Current State Analysis (1.0 MiB) South Eastern Councils - 2 - Options Analysis (2.4 MiB) South Eastern Councils - Final Report (2.7 MiB)
In order to find out what our community thinks about voluntary amalgamations a community survey is currently being undertaken and will close on Friday 5th May. The aim of the survey is to gauge, in broad terms, the general community interest in amalgamations and if they want Council to continue with the process. It is designed to find out what the ‘community feel’ is on the topic, as to whether they are ‘for’ or ‘against’ amalgamations and what the preferred option is.
Residents and ratepayers are encouraged to complete the short online survey which can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/amalgamation-community-survey
Those requiring assistance to complete the survey can contact a member of Council’s Customer Service Team who will complete the online survey on your behalf, over the phone. Our Customer Service Team can be contacted on 6269 0000 between 8.00am – 4.45pm, Monday to Friday.