Merger talk ?insult? claim

WHAT started as a discussion over a conference turned into a debate about amalgamation at the Living- stone Shire Council general meeting on Wednesday night.

A report on the Local Government Association of Queensland's size, shape and sustainability conference, which was held three weeks ago, was tabled at the meeting to update councillors on the structural reform agenda for local government.

Councillor Glenda Mather told the meeting she didn't want to see areas of Livingstone Shire lost to other councils.

"I don't want to see that area (Glenlee/Glendale) lost as a sacrifi- cial lamb like Parkhurst was,'' she said. "I won't let you play that trick Mr Chairman,'' she said addressing Mayor Bill Ludwig.

Cr Ludwig hit back, saying he found Cr Mather's comments very offensive.

"Excuse me, do not insult me or this table,'' he said.

"Call me old fashioned but I think that you should listen to your com- munity and let them decide.'' Councillor John Smith said the matter came down to rates and services.



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