Coast councillors explain deamalgamation position

COUNCILLORS Bill Ludwig and Tom Wyatt have supported a motion for Rockhampton Regional Council to not use ratepayers money to fund a 'no' case to fight the Livingstone de-amalgamation bid.

The Motion which had three parts also included a statement that RRC formally oppose de-amalgamation.

However, in a statement released late yesterday, both Cr Ludwig and Cr Wyatt have made it very clear that they certainly did not support that part of the Motion.

"Cr Wyatt and I supported the part of the Motion which related to not using ratepayers funds, or Council staff, to campaign against de-amalgamation," Cr Ludwig said.

"It would have been inappropriate and unfair to Livingstone residents if their rates were used to fund a campaign against de-amalgamation."

"We believe Livingstone has one of the strongest cases in the State for de-amalgamation and the community deserve their vote on the matter," Cr Ludwig said.

Cr Wyatt said he was also pleased RRC will not be mounting a 'no' case using ratepayers funds.

"The Coast and rural residents of Livingstone deserve a 'fair go' when it comes to de-amalgamation and deciding our future," Cr Wyatt said.

"As far as I'm concerned we should be going full-steam ahead for de-amalgamation and getting back to having two more efficient Councils instead of the big bureaucracy we have now."

"It's not rocket science to know that we have gone backward with amalgamation, and the figures show Livingstone ratepayers have been putting in up to $3M extra every year in rates."

"Call me old fashioned but with Livingstone putting in up to 37.5% of rate revenue and only getting 23% of the capital spend we are definitely getting short-changed under amalgamation," Cr Wyatt said.

CCIM Chairman Paul Lancaster and Cr Ludwig will fly to Brisbane tomorrow to present the financial case for de-amalgamation to the Boundary Commissioner and Queensland Treasury Corporation.



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