Call for Careful Consideration over Change

By: Jane Nees  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Local Government

Lots of people are getting excited about the prospect of local government reform.  There are changes in the wind for resource management and local government legislation – the perceived failure of some councils to hold costs in the face of expanding responsibilities and manage resources such as water and will certainly lead to stronger direction from central government.  The Minister of Local Government is keen on unitary authorities because he believes they are more cost effective and deliver better outcomes.  He has signalled he is a fan for further amalgamations, but that he will not force any change – this should come from the community themselves.  

So we are seeing a lot in the media about what people think might be desirable change to local government structure in their patch.  Some seem keen to rush headlong into a change that may offer them solutions to their own particular problem.   However, I have always believed that change should be carefully considered and not rushed.  There is nothing less productive than change for change’s sake.  

Keywords: Local Government

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