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Tasmanian council on brink of sacking

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016 Andrew Drummond

Southern Tasmania's Huon Valley Council will be sacked unless they can convince the state government otherwise.

After months of deliberations including a parliamentary warning to resolve infighting between elected representatives, Local Government Minister Peter Gutwein on Tuesday announced his intention to appoint an independent operator by mid-October.

"There is unfortunately only one course of action available to me," he told parliament.

"I'm announcing today that I'm putting in motion the necessary steps to dismiss the council and install a commissioner."

The decision comes a week after he called for Mayor Peter Coad to resign.

Mr Gutwein in June gave councillors six months to work out their differences but Mr Coad withdrew from mediation.

The minister admitted on Tuesday he doesn't have the power to sack the mayor and instead looked to a more widespread solution.

"It is now apparent that the council will fail to deliver the outcome specified in the ministerial direction despite the best endeavours of some involved," Mr Gutwein said, citing the refusal of two more councillors to engage in mediation.

He will write to all councillors outlining his intention.

"Once I have considered the response from councillors, if not convinced otherwise, it is my intention to recommend to the governor that the council be dismissed by mid-October and a commissioner be appointed to fulfil the functions of the council.

"I have no intention of initiating an immediate council election - the people of the Huon Valley and council staff deserve a period of stability."

The commissioner would be in place for at least 12 months.

"It is unfortunate that it has come to this point ... however, as this council is unable to work together for the benefit of the Huon community they have left me no other option," Mr Gutwein said.

No council staff are expected to lose their jobs as a result of the move, he added.

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