Peak Downs fighting for their rights

Capella local and committee member Enid Bailey is determined to win the battle, and said she isn’t going to give up.

“We were one of the very early pioneer councils and our whole area is really flattened by all this,” Mrs Bailey said.

“We never got a chance to have a say. We just got told we were going to amalgamate and lose our shire.

“We want to have our own shire back again.

“We are going to keep going until someone listen to us.”

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Southern Downs Mayor backs away from Amalgamation philosophy

It seems that the  philosophy used to justify wholesale amalgamations in recent times, has not passed the practicality test. Not that its opponents in QLGRA and in other organisations were in any doubt about it. They have long maintained that forcibly amalgamated local governments would be more expensive to run and now one of the Mayors enduring the post amalgamation stress is agreeing that the touted economic benefits of amalgamation were ‘debatable at best.’ Faced with mushrooming costs and preparing to deliver an unpopular budget to ratepayers, it is not surprising that he is looking to shift blame.

This is the same Mayor who boasted about the amalgamated local area having a greater capacity to garner loans. It would seem that he has found that reducing the voices of local governments in Qld has weakened everyone’s position. The deal with the devil has not been to his liking it seems.

Meanwhile proponents of fairer access to boundary alterations for local governments in Qld, continue to join with the QLGRA. So we gather momentum as more people realise that bigger is not better and in fact is increasingly more expensive, less responsive and undemocratic as the closest government to the people slips even further into the hands of systems and bureaucrats and completely out of the influence of the citizens it is supposed to serve.

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Mary Rofe

Qld wide Petition Goes Live

Access the Qld Petition to Parliament asking for a fair go after the undemocratic amalgamations and denial of access to demerger we have have suffered to date.

All we ask is the opportunity to put it to the people as is our natural right in a democracy.

Your vote helps return democracy to the people who have been forgotten.

Vote at this link and share the link with all your contacts.

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2112