Geoff Murphy leads the One Capricorn movement to keep the former Livingstone Shire amalgamated with Rockhampton Region.
Geoff Murphy leads the One Capricorn movement to keep the former Livingstone Shire amalgamated with Rockhampton Region. Chris Ison

Capricorn Coast Business Alliance’s stance blasted

ONE Capricorn Region spokesman Geoff Murphy yesterday condemned the Capricorn Coast Business Alliance's decision to back de-amalgamation.

The successful businessman questioned the business logic in splitting from Rockhampton Regional Council.

"It would make much more sense for the CCBA and its members to push for improved performance from the current regional council, than to take a punt on the unknown where the only certainty is higher costs for businesses and ratepayers," Mr Murphy said.

"By working together under a united regional council the Capricorn business community will be in a much more powerful position to lobby government for grants and to attract new investments in key industries like tourism."

But Mr Murphy held back his worst criticism for the way the group decided its official stance.

Only 60% of the CCBA's 70 members voted on the group's official position on a split. Of those 42 members that voted only 62% voted yes.

CCBA president Gary Kerr said the group's committee researched the pros and cons of de-amalgamation over the past six weeks and came to the conclusion a split would be in the coast's best interest.

Mr Murphy also addressed the committee.

"This is hardly a resounding endorsement from the coast business community for de-amalgamation," Mr Murphy said.

But Mr Kerr stood by the CCBA's position.



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