Refocussing Local Government - JANE NEES

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

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 for money.

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.   

Keywords: Local Government

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