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

    Minister stands by Mareeba de-amalgamation costs

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

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    Minister stands by Mareeba de-amalgamation costs

    People living in the former Mareeba Shire are being urged to consider 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 details the cost for Mareeba 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.

    QTC found the initial cost for Mareeba to de-amalgamate would be $8,200,000 or an extra $872 per ratepayer in the first year.

    There would also be ongoing costs of an extra $240 per ratepayer every year thereafter, rising with inflation.

    Mr Crisafulli refuted claims that the Boundaries Commissioner’s report was wrong.

    “Residents can be very confident in QTC’s numbers,” he said.

    “Respected firm KPMG has independently investigated the IT requirements for the region including upgrades to existing infrastructure and website costs,” he said.

    “All historical data used by QTC has been audited by the Queensland Audit Office and the forecasts have been tested to make sure they are fair and reasonable.”

    Mr Crisafulli said additional information, including the full KPMG report, the five-year forecasts, and profit and loss balance sheets prepared by QTC, was sent to the Mareeba proponents in December.

    “A new Mareeba Shire Council must be able to at least maintain current service levels to residents if it de-amalgamates from Tablelands Regional Council,” he said.

    “While the report shows a new Mareeba Shire Council would have a mountain to climb just to be viable in the long term, we believe locals should decide if a rates increase is worth it.”

    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] 20 February 2013

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