Rural Qld shires deliver 'no' vote to council amalgamations
The first results are in from 42 of the rural and regional Queensland shires participating in the voluntary plebiscites on council amalgamations, with the 'no' case winning the day in all but three instances.
There are 79 rural shires participating in total, with the final results from all shires expected to be known tomorrow.
Today's results follow on from the strong 'no' vote delivered last week in six urban shires.
In a number of shires an absolute majority of the population voted against the unpopular policy of merging neighbouring councils into super shires.
But in other shires the voter participation was low, weakening the standing of the 'no' result.
And in three shires the 'yes' case has won the day.
Residents of two Torres Straight Island councils voted 'yes', albeit with very low voter participation.
Residents of the Burnett Shire were almost evenly split on the issue, with the 'yes' case getting over the line by 5203 votes to 5107.
SOURCE: Extract from a full report to appear in Queensland Country Life, December 20 issue.