And the controversy is set to continue. The economies of scale often cited as the logic for amalgamations are not guaranteed, while the local democracy costs can be high, especially for smaller communities.
'Control of local government is increasingly important. As state and national governments appear unable to deal with a growing number of pressing issues, cities in Australia and internationally have been key sites for leadership.
On issues from climate change to employment conditions, local governments have proved nimble, innovative and responsive to local desires. The significance of amalgamations thus extends well beyond their immediate constituents.' The Conversation