Minister for Local Government Desley Boyle talks to media at Rockhampton Zoo yesterday.
Minister for Local Government Desley Boyle talks to media at Rockhampton Zoo yesterday. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Boyle plans for regions future

IS Rocky set for a multi-million dollar Christmas windfall?

Local Government Minister Desley Boyle yesterday said she hoped the Queensland Government would have an answer for Rockhampton Regional Council before Christmas on whether its submission to cover the cost of amalgamation had been successful.

The submission was in the range of $6 million to $8 million.

Ms Boyle was in Rockhampton to talk to council about its planning for the future.

She backed Mayor Brad Carter’s assessment the region’s population was set to double and that could happen within 15 years.

“The Premier realises south-east Queensland is overloaded,” Ms Boyle said.

“Regional centres like Rockhampton will be able to handle the growth.

“The jobs will be here.”

She said Rocky ratepayers shouldn’t be too hopeful of a lower rate hike next year as local governments across the state were forced to battle several rising costs.

However, Ms Boyle said there was no evidence these costs were associated with amalgamation.

“My best guess is that ratepayers should not expect too much good news from councils state-wide,” Ms Boyle said.

Regarding council’s amalgamation submission she said the government was looking at the bottom line to see if a council was worse off after a thorough cost-benefit analysis.

Ms Boyle, who also visited Woorabinda yesterday, went to the Rockhampton Zoo during her visit.

The Queensland Government has contributed $1 million to redevelopments at the zoo, which include the new chimp enclosure.

“Ockie and Cassie certainly seem to be enjoying the extra room,” she said.



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