11 September 2012 — Shared service centres and capped operating costs are just some of the recommendations of an Urban Taskforce Australia report. Sydney’s Liveability Crisis – Reforming Local Government says alternatives to forced amalgamations will make councils more efficient while ensuring they continue to effectively represent and respond to their communities. Urban Taskforce chief executive Chris Johnson said it was time to reform local government in NSW. The report’s key proposals include keeping local government local, having councils as local place managers, sharing service centres, using Hunter councils as a model, capping operating costs, holding independent assessments, creating regional panels, creating regional infrastructure levies, having regional alignment and carrying out a pilot project along Parramatta Road.