We have now seen the shape of the first
wave of the reform of local government.
The four community well-beings – environmental, economic, social and
cultural – are no longer to be key drivers for local government. They will be replaced by the responsibility to provide “good quality local infrastructure,
public services and regulatory functions at the least possible cost to
households and business”. This is fine
as far as it goes. I absolutely support
provision of the various functions of local government to a good quality
standard at the least possible cost so that our community receives real value
However, I have concerns about removal of safeguarding
our environment and supporting our economy as key drivers to be considered by
local government when planning its activities.
This is because these are vital platforms for the future of our country
and the prosperity of our communities.