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UWA STUDY SHOWS BIGGER COUNCILS NOT BETTER

Posted in fremantle by freoview on June 21, 2013

There is an interesting article in today’s Subiaco Post about a study on local council amalgamations by University of Western Australia economist James Fogarty and co-author Amin Mugera.

Fogarty told the Subi Post that there is no evidence at all that merging councils would be better for delivering services or the economy of local councils. Interestingly this is the first major study done on this in WA and the results are supported by studies done interstate and overseas.

Fogarty and Mugera measured the efficiencies of 98 W.A. councils and came to the conclusion that policies should not been based on assertions but on evidence.

No doubt our matter of fact Premier Colin Barnett will totally ignore these facts and ram through the mergers of local councils, no matter if for example Fremantle wants to marry Melville or not. Like all spin experts Colin will not let stand facts in the way of his dictatorial approach to government. The question is though with the government wanting to save money all around, why it would waste it on amalgamations that are unlikely to benefit the community. The Muja power station financial disaster should make the Premier think twice about it.

Roel Loopers

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  1. Julie Matheson said, on June 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Local Govt. and Subiaco.

  2. Glen said, on June 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Its kind of annoying having something ill thought out and downright harmful to what is existing rammed down your thought isn’t.

    Maybe our local Councillors should step back and think about this for a moment as they are doing exactly the same thing to the existing established successful artists at Arthur Head, harming their business futures and causing so much angst and stress.


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