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    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Minister stands by Livingstone de-amalgamation costs

    Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable David Crisafulli

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

    Minister stands by Livingstone de-amalgamation costs

    People living in the former Livingstone Shire are being urged to look at all the facts as they prepare to vote on de-amalgamation.

    Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said the report prepared by the Boundaries Commissioner and Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) accurately detailed the cost for Livingstone to de-amalgamate.

    “This is a big decision for the region and it’s important residents know exactly what they are voting for on March 9,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “A new Livingstone Shire Council must be able to at least maintain, if not improve on, current service levels to residents if it de-amalgamates from Rockhampton Regional Council.”

    QTC found the initial cost for Livingstone to de-amalgamate would be $9,983,000 or an extra $429 per ratepayer in the first year.

    There would also be ongoing costs of an extra $194 per ratepayer each year thereafter.

    “Residents can be very confident in the numbers,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “QTC is totally independent, has no vested interests and has a vast amount of experience working with Queensland councils over many decades.

    “While the report shows a new Livingstone Shire Council would have to increase rates, we believe locals should decide if that’s worth getting their old council back.”

    Only registered voters in the former council area will vote at the referendum on March 9.

    De-amalgamation information is available at http://www.dlg.qld.gov.au/bc// 

    Referendum information is available at http://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/

    [ENDS] 23 January 2013

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