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    Acting Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Queensland has four new councils

    Acting Minister for Local Government, Community Recovery and Resilience
    The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie

    Wednesday, January 01, 2014

    Queensland has four new councils

    Today marks a new chapter in Queensland’s local government history with the start of four new councils in Noosa, Livingstone, Douglas and Mareeba.

    Acting Local Government Minister Jarrod Bleijie said the Newman Government had delivered on its election promise to right the wrongs of Labor’s forced amalgamations in 2008.

    “This is an historic day for democracy for the residents in these areas who fought long and hard to have their voices heard over the appalling miscarriage of justice dealt them by Peter Beattie and Anna Bligh,” Mr Bleijie said.

    “In stark contrast to Labor, the Newman Government believes local councils are best placed to make the right decisions for their communities.

    “We promised to give communities a vote if there was a chance of re-establishing a viable, independent council and we kept our word.

    “It’s now up to the new Mayors and Councillors to work together with each other and their neighbouring councils to get the best results for their communities.

    “We look forward to working with them.”

    Mr Bleijie said the first order of business for the new councils would be to consider the interim budget prepared by the transfer managers.

    “While there’s no doubt the new councils have some big decisions to make in the coming months, I’m confident we have the right mix of fresh ideas and experience to set the new councils on the right course,” he said.

    “I wish the Noosa, Livingstone, Douglas and Mareeba councils every success as they set about delivering for their communities.”

    [ENDS] 1 January 2014

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