Professor Dollery and his colleagues from UNE have taken advantage of being able to use 2014 data to compare the performance of merged councils with their unmerged counterparts over ten years. When researching the Queensland data, where in 2008, 157 councils were merged into 73, it was demonstrated that this resulted in a greater proportion of councils exhibiting dis-economies of scale. That is, mergers created entities that were simply too large to be run efficiently.
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16.3.31 Dollery Bigger is not Better’ in ‘The Conversation’ https
21 April 2016 – Amy Remeikis reporter with the Brisbane Times reports :
Independent MP Rob Pyne has had a victory, with the government announcing a review of local government complaints and councillor conduct – although Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said it was at the request from local government stakeholders themselves. Click the link below to read the full article ….