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

    Communities to vote on de-amalgamation

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

    Thursday, March 07, 2013

    Communities to vote on de-amalgamation

    Thousands of Queenslanders will finally get to have their say on de-amalgamation with residents in the former Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas shires to go to the polls on Saturday.

    Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said it would be a rare opportunity for residents to vote on the future of local government in their area.

    “For many locals, this will be the most important vote they ever take part in because it will decide once and for all how they are governed at the grass-roots level,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    “Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) has crunched the numbers and clearly detailed the costs a new council would have to absorb if de-amalgamation goes ahead.

    “I’m confident residents will weigh up the costs and the benefits and make the right decision for their community at the ballot box.”

    For Noosa, QTC found the initial cost to de-amalgamate would be $13,651,000 or an average of $260 extra per ratepayer in the first year with ongoing costs of an extra $142 per ratepayer in the following years, rising with inflation.

    For Livingstone, QTC found the initial cost to de-amalgamate would be $9,983,000 or an average of $429 extra per ratepayer in the first year with ongoing costs of an extra $194 per ratepayer in the following years, rising with inflation.

    For Mareeba, QTC found the initial cost to de-amalgamate would be $8,200,000 or an average of $872 extra per ratepayer in the first year with ongoing costs of an extra $240 per ratepayer in the following years, rising with inflation.

    For Douglas, QTC found the initial cost to de-amalgamate would be $8,146,000 or an average of $701 extra per ratepayer in the first year with ongoing costs of an extra $462 per ratepayer in the following years, rising with inflation.

    “Regardless of whether zero or four are successful on Saturday, we are going to improve local government and finally put to bed the pain caused by Labor’s forced amalgamations of 2008,” Mr Crisafulli said.

    Voting is compulsory and $110 fines will apply to non-voters.

    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] 7 March 2013

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