CONFUSION over the new de-amalgamation petition, which will allow the Capricorn Coast community to vote on the issue, has left many people thinking they have signed when they have not.
Rockhampton Regional councillor Bill Ludwig said many people who signed last year's de-amalgamation petition still did not don't realise they must sign again in order for the Cap Coast to get a our democratic right to for a vote.
"As the new de-amalgamation petition approaches the halfway mark with almost 2000 signatures, people who signed last year's petition are being urged to sign again or the Coast will be denied a vote," said Cr Ludwig said.
"Without 4200 signatures on the new petition, we will be denied a vote and be stuck with amalgamation whether we like it or not."Cr Ludwig said there were are only four more weeks to gather the remaining 2200 signatures needed.
Cr Ludwig said he is calling for volunteers to assist at petition tables in the Yeppoon and Emu Park CBD's for the next three weekends to gather the vital signatures needed.
"People who can give an hour or two to help can call 0428791792.
All volunteers will get a free de-amalgamation t-shirt to keep," said Cr Ludwig said.
"The petition is simply asking for a review and a vote, which means we will get all the facts, including costs to make an informed decision before any final vote is taken.
"Signing the new petition again is about ensuring we get the democratic vote we deserve on this important issue.
"I have to agree with those who believe the LNP State Government (is) are being very tough making us do this all again at such short notice, especially after our previous 10,500 petition, but they set the rules."
Petition forms can be downloaded from www.freecapcoast.com.au or signed at Woody's, the Mirror office, Chemmart Yeppoon, Mitre 10, Home Hardware, Keppel Plaza Tobacco Shop, Video Ezy, Cedar Park Butcher, Cooee Bay Store, Beachside 66, PRD Real Estate, Yeppoon Co-op, Causeway Lake and Roslyn Bay Kiosk, Emu Park Super IGA, Charlies Corner, Cawarral General Store, Keppel Sands Store and Pub, Farnborough Store, local service stations, The Caves and other Coast businesses.