De-amalgamation to go to a vote in four regions

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli. Lee Constable

RESIDENTS in four regions have been given the go ahead to vote on whether they want to de-amalgamate from their council.

After a lengthy application process, Isis, Douglas, Mareeba, Noosa and Livingstone have been assessed on the likely success of breaking away to return to their old shires.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli announced this morning Noosa would progress to the next stage.

Residents in Douglas and Mareeba will also go to the vote but their likelihood of success was found to be much lower Mr Crisfulli rated the likelihood of each potential new council achieving a sustainable future.

He found Noosa had a good chance at long-term viability, Livingstone had a medium chance, Mareeba unlikely and Douglas highly unlikely.

Isis was rated with no chance.

The Queensland Treasury Corporation found the initial de-amalgamation cost for Noosa  would be $13,651,000 or an extra $260 per ratepayers in the first year.

There would also be ongoing costs of an extra $142 per ratepayer in the following years, rising with inflation.

"No doubt there are costs, but if the community feels that the pain in the pocket is worth the price for an independent council area, they'll get their old council back," Mr Crisafulli said.

Only residents in the former council area will vote, with a referendum to be held in the first quarter of 2013. Voting will be compulsory.

Topics:  council, de-amalgamation, queensland government



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