The Local Government Association of Tasmania has rejected the forced amalgamation campaign, saying it benefited vested interests and was unlikely to deliver savings to ratepayers.
Chairman Cr Barry Easther said Tasmanians for Reform, which is spearheading the campaign, was just a front of vested interests “masquerading as a group that has community interests at heart”.
Tasmanians for Reform has rejected the criticism, claiming that it is the largest group of its kind in Tasmanian history, with members ranging from butchers to real estate agents.
Cr Easther criticised its claims that 80 per cent of Tasmanians backed amalgamations.
“If this was the case, we would have communities marching on town halls across the state demanding change,” he said. “Community members tell me that they are sick of being used as part of this grab for cash by the big end of town.”
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