Tasmanian councils harden push for container deposit scheme

By Paul Hemsley Councils in Tasmania are backing the idea of a state-based Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) after a new independent report found the move could generate long term savings for local governments in kerbside waste collection and disposal. The fresh look at the potential value of a CDS on the Apple Isle comes after […]

Tasmanian councils accused of “rip offs”

By Paul Hemsley An already combative relationship between Tasmanian councils and industry group Tasmanians for Reform has deteriorated further amid a fresh row over whether new increases in council rates are justified without moves to reduce the high number of local governments in the island state. Business-led Tasmanians for Reform has attacked the move by […]

Feedback flies into constitutional committee

By Julian Bajkowski and Paul Hemsley Local governments keen to persuade a parliamentary committee of the merits of holding a referendum on Constitutional recognition of local government alongside the 2013 federal election have set at a cracking pace, with more than 33 documents lodged as the deadline for submissions looms. The slew of input comes […]

Tas consultation paper to look at council performance

By Rob O'Brien State and local government in Tasmania have announced a consultation paper on how to measure the performance of councils. Releasing the paper, the Premier, David Bartlett, and the President of the Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT), Cr Barry Easther, said the initiative would improve the management and sustainability of the third […]

Car grants brings Tassie communities in from the dark

By Rob O’Brien   It’s a been a long time coming but Tasmanian communities have been offered a solution to isolation in the form of car grants from the state government. Councils, community groups and NGOs have all signed up for the Cars for Communities Grant Program, which should see them overcome the tyranny of […]

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