16 Jul 2010

Nelson/Tasman council merger idea to be studied

7:47 pm on 16 July 2010

The Local Government Commission is to investigate a possible amalgamation of Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council.

The commission has accepted a petition from the region signed by 10% of voters from each area.

A possible merger has long been touted by Nelson councillors but opposed by many in Tasman.

The man behind the latest succcessful move, Nelson councillor Aldo Miccio, says a Local Government Commission investigation will take the emotion out of the debate.

If amalgamation is recommended, he says, it could be put to a referendum next year.