Rocky gives merger urge

ROCKHAMPTON City councillors last night urged neighbouring shires to keep an open mind when entering into talks on amal- gamation.

Rockhampton, Livingstone, Fitz- roy and Mount Morgan last week agreed to conduct a study together- into the possibilities of amalgam- ation, boundary realignment, part amalgamations and joint boards of management.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said the study would simply lay the facts on the table for resi- dents. She said the debate was not about mayors and councils, but what was best for residents.

"No one is deluding themselves that this will be an easy task,'' she said.

C Jim Webber said the study had to happen.

"I for one have never been a fan of amalgamation for amalgamation's sake,'' he said. "We can't put our heads in the sand. I commend the other shires for being prepared to be part of the investigation.



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