Local Government Structural Reform, the Australian Model, Discussed in Ian Tiley New Textbook

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Ian Tiley has made a close study of mergers of local governments in Australia. He chronicles council amalgamations in each Australian State and Territory, and in a case study of the 2004 forced merger of six councils into the New South Wales Clarence Valley Council entity, of which he was first Mayor, details the net positive outcomes and financial benefits of the successful merger in “Divided We Fall? An Insider’s Perspective on Local Government Amalgamations”

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Recent Australian local government structural reform has manifested as council amalgamations and predominantly as imposed merger processes. Divided We Fall? An Insider’s Perspective on Local Government Amalgamations, is Ian Tiley’s expert textual guide to the complexities of Australian governance. It is clear and concise, making it an invaluable easy to read tool for local governance.

This book examines council amalgamations across Australia over the past two decades, citing the council amalgamations that became the NSW Clarence Valley Council as the case study. The imposed amalgamation of four general-purpose and two county councils could have been a recipe for chaos; instead this book describes the gains and the challenges.

Written from the author’s deep-seated knowledge of local government, the book details the net positive economic outcomes and financial benefits against measurable indicators and describes the impacts on local democracy. Based on detailed research, this long term local government ‘insider’ perspective of the Australian model will be of value to all those interested in driving or understanding change through local government reform.

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About the Author
Ian Tiley has almost five decades continuous experience in New South Wales local government, initially in management and administration and, since 1991, as an elected councillor to five councils and serving as Mayor to two councils including as inaugural Mayor of the Clarence Valley Council. He is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of New England Armidale NSW and was recently appointed by the New South Wales Government to a four person Taskforce to write a new Local Government Act and review the City of Sydney Act. He has served on a number of regional development governance entities and continues to campaign for the future of regional Australia.    

Divided We Fall? An Insider’s Perspective on Local Government Amalgamations by Dr. Ian Tiley
A Case Study of Clarence Valley Council, New South Wales
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Trade Paperback; AU$39.99; 525 pages; 978-1-4797-3895-3
Trade Hardback; AU$59.99; 525 pages; 978-1-4797-3896-0
Ebook; AU$3.99; 978-1-4797-3897-7

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