Tasmanian peak bodies to scrutinise new state government

The Local Government Association of Tasmania (LGAT) has joined with a number of other community organisations to issue a Statement of Priorities for Tasmania that will be used to measure the next state government's performance and ability to focus on 'what Tasmanians want for their State'.

CEO of LGAT, Dr Katrena Stephenson said joint progress reports would be issued quarterly from the swearing in of the next State Government.

“Tasmanians want a State Government that is transparent and accountable against a Vision of the State we know they want: A strong network of communities that work to ensure current and future prosperity is within reach of every Tasmanian.

“We stand here today as a unified group of diverse organisations that represent and provide services and support to the vast majority of Tasmanians across our State.

“And together we are saying to all politicians—all those who aspire to represent Tasmanians— that it is time for them to try a new way of doing things so that we can achieve improved outcomes for every one of us.

“It is time to set our self interest aside and focus on our common interest—the future prosperity, health and resilience of all Tasmanians.

“This means working together to do things differently. It also means each of us having an equal opportunity to take part in our current and future economic prosperity.

“Will our political representatives take up this opportunity to concentrate on that which brings us together rather than focusing on creating division?”

The coalition includes Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA), Council on the Ageing (COTA), the Housing Industry Association of Tas (HIA) the Local Government Association Tasmania (LGAT), Master Builders Tasmania (MBT), Regional Development Australia Tasmania, Shelter Tas, the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tasmanian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (TCDPA) and the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (TasCOSS).

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