Letter to the Editor - April 9: Flawed council amalgamations
The NSW Government is wanting to do further council amalgamations in the belief that this will be a good outcome for all concerned.
That is not so. In recent years, most Australian states have amalgamated councils with the promise that it would be more efficient and that there would be a possibility that council rates would be lowered.
With my experience of this in Queensland it hasn't happened that way at all. Council rates have gone up. Compounding this problem was the Beattie Labor government's decision to cut back sharply on grants, saying councils are now big enough to manage their own affairs. The whole thing is a complete mess. It beggars belief another state government wants to copy what Queensland did.
Proponents of larger councils say Brisbane has had only one council since the 1920s when 25 councils were replaced by Brisbane City Council and that that has benefited Brisbane. That is not the case. Brisbane rates are as dear as Sydney, if not dearer. Why would NSW want to copy a flawed system in Queensland?