Mundingburra MP David Crisafulli. Photo: Greg Miller / Sunshine Coast Daily.
Mundingburra MP David Crisafulli. Photo: Greg Miller / Sunshine Coast Daily. Greg Miller

De-amalgamation applications progress

A HANDFUL of former Queensland shires wishing to separate from their modern day councils are one step closer to success.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli announced this morning he would progress five applications for de-amalgamation to the Boundaries Commissioner for further consideration.

Noosa, Douglas, Isis, Mareeba and Livingstone were the successful applicants.

Nineteen former shires applied for de-amalgamation.

Mr Crisafulli said Boundaries Commissioner Col Meng and the Queensland Treasury Corporation would work together over the next two and half months to consider the cases for de-amalgamation.

"This was always going to be a difficult process, but if a proposal stacks up the community will make the final decision at a referendum," he said.

Proposals from former shires Douglas, Isis, Livingstone and Mareeba also will be handed to Mr Meng for "financial and logistical" consideration, Mr Crisafulli said.

Mr Crisafulli said he would use the information gathered by the remaining groups to help councils and communities heal the wounds from the forced amalgamations.

"Far from being a waste of time, this has been a great exercise in democracy by giving communities a chance to voice the concerns they were denied five years ago.

"It was always going to be more difficult years on from the initial amalgamation to build a case to operate separately, because there's already been a lot of work and money spent on unifying the former shires.

"But this proves the embers of de-amalgamation still burn and I want the councils to use this information to address some of the concerns."

Mr Meng will provide a detailed report, including recommendations, to the Minister by November 28, 2012.



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