Bluey from Keppel Sands expressed his concerns about the upcoming election to Local Government Minister David Crisafulli in Yeppoon last Wednesday.
Bluey from Keppel Sands expressed his concerns about the upcoming election to Local Government Minister David Crisafulli in Yeppoon last Wednesday. Trish Bowman

Settling the dust before the de-amalgamation vote on March 9

LOCAL Government Minister David Crisafulli hit the pavement in Yeppoon last Wednesday to ensure residents had access to sufficient information about the upcoming de-amalgamation vote in March.

Mr Crisafulli said he understood there was some confusion in the community with a lot of people pushing both sides of the argument.

"My visit is for the sole purpose of ensuring the mums and dads on the street have awareness before they vote," Mr Crisafulli said.

"It will be compulsory for people to vote and those that don't will be fined, so it is important for people to exercise their thoughts and look at the facts.

"Mr Crisafulli said only people living in the former Livingstone Shire would have the opportunity to vote because they would be the ones to carry the costs of de-amalgamation if that was the way that people decided to vote.

On the issue of how much de-amalgamation would cost the ratepayer, Mr Crisafulli explained that while the independent Queensland Treasury Corporation figures were all online for everyone to see, it would be up to a newly de-amalgamated council to look at how they could cut costs to minimise rate rises.

"The figures we have are estimated on what a stand-alone council would cost to provide the same level of service that the region already has," Mr Crisafulli said.

"I think it is healthy for people to debate the costs, this is democracy in action and people need to discuss their views.

"I am well aware that the past 5 years have seen local Government battered and bruised by the state and I can assure you that local Government is too important to this government and regardless of the outcome of the March election we will ensure that we will make it work."
 

Fact box

The costs

  • Total one-off costs…..$3,900,000
  • Average one-off costs per proponent rateable property………$243.23
  • Total one-off fixed asset costs……….$3,823,000
  • Average fixed costs per proponent rateable property…$238.43
  • Annualised fixed costs per proponent rateable property…………..$44.91
  • Total incremental annual recurring costs……$2,260,000
  • Incremental annual recurring costs per proponent council rateable property….......$140.95
  • Annualised fixed asset costs demonstrate the financial effect of spreading the cost of the asset over their useful life (ie depreciation expense)


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