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Should New South Wales follow the example of the UK’s councils?

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Are shared services the answer?

The Australian council system is an unusual one.  In New South Wales they have 152 councils, and although it’s a big state, in comparison with the way things are run in Europe, the ratio of councils to people seems far too exaggerated. Especially, when there is such a disparity between council sizes.  The smallest only has a population of 1251, which means that the level of support and services will far outstrip that of one of the larger councils, where resources sometimes have to provide for over three hundred thousand people.

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