Rural Qld shires deliver 'no' vote to council amalgamations

17 Dec, 2007 02:45 PM
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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.

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democracy?
18/12/2007 6:42:46 PM

So, whatever happened to democracy in this country? If we have this percentage of people, both rural and urban, voting against the amalgamations, will Premier Bligh listen, or will she take the "It's not my fault" stand, and pass the buck back to Peter Beattie?
Qld shires+vote+'no'+to+amalgamation
18/12/2007 8:54:52 PM

It is no surprise that the people of Burnett shire support the amalgamation of the shires in their region as they have a lot to gain in assets from the other shires, whereas the folk of the surrounding shires have much to lose. Burnett shire wants to expand the Bundaberg Airport and they are only to happy to take the money and assets of the more thrifty local councils such as Isis shire to have enough money to do so. As the first respondant remarked, what happened to democracy? I would like to add, once more, roll on the elections, we Queenslanders have looooooooooong memories.
www.qldpcs.com.au
19/12/2007 5:44:08 AM

We can run Queensland from our current Local Councils, not the Super Councils the ALP forced through Parliament. Before March's Council Elections next year, we need to be heard. To vote NO you need to fill in the free petition on my website, so we can be heard. Also please, you need to join ABPAC. What are you going to achieve for Your Local Council - Your Right to Local Representation? NOW is the time that you must act if you want to retain Your Democractic Rights. NOW is the time to take responsibility for what's happening to and within our community. The usual problem of logistics and human nature will be overcome by using One Platform from which to stand up for Our Rights. That's why ABPAC - Australian Business and People's Alliance Council Inc. was formed. ABPAC is a platform which can support the preservation of rights of the Community, of Business and of the Individual. In particular, its aim is to ensure that the acceptable standards that we, as Australians have established, are not compromised, especially Our Democractic Rights and Our Lifestyle. ABPAC is a neutrel platform from which All Local Councils and every individual in each Council Area can launch a Campaign Against Council Amalgamations - a Campaign in which All Shires will benefit from whatever is achieved. A neutrel platform has no boundaries - ALL who want to take part, are represented; the the big, the small, the near, the distant, ALL. ABPAC calls for the people in the Local Coucils, who feel a need to speak up about Council Amalgamations, to join. ABPAC calls all the people who feel that any erosion of rights of the people, by authoritarian bodies, is against our democratic values, to join. Even if you don't have a cause you want to support right now, join ABPAC, because tomorrow you may have a reason, but tomorrow may be too late! If you want an active role, or would like to nominate a representative for your Council area, please feel free to do so. A Committee of Management must be established for this Campaign and your support, or that of your nominated representative is needed.

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