Council amalgamations may not have gone far enough

Even after the forced amalgamations of many regional councils in 2008, Queensland still has a significant number of councils with very small populations. The median population of Queensland local government areas is 4,910 – far below the median for most other States (see the chart below, based on data I found in a new Productivity Commission report on the Role of Local Government as Regulator). So out of Queensland’s 73 local government areas, 36 of them have populations below 4,910. This suggests substantial scope for future amalgamations and cost savings to me.

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