3 Aug 2016

Councillor says Norfolk struggling under new regime

3:27 pm on 3 August 2016

One of Norfolk Island's new regional councillors Lisle Snell says they are finding the new governance system unsatisfactory and it's putting stress on some of the island's residents.

It's a month since a regional council under New South Wales was brought in to run the island after Canberra shut down the island's parliament a year ago, removing Norfolk's autonomy.

The Chief Minister of Norfolk Island, Lisle Snell

Lisle Snell used to serve as Norfolk's chief minister Photo: Supplied

Mr Snell was the island's chief minister under the old administration and he says councillors are stymied under the new regime.

He says everyone is trying to make it work but there are many changes to work through.

"I'm referring to income tax, changes in health, changes in pension systems, changes in legislation, governance issues and so on. It's a huge change for the people of Norfolk Island and some of them are very very stressed about it."

Mr Snell said the elderly, sick and the unemployed were especially struggling.

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