Glen Alexander, Adam Cooper and Helen DePalma Day, all from Yeppoon, voted Yes in the ballot to de-amalgamate Livingstone Shire.
Glen Alexander, Adam Cooper and Helen DePalma Day, all from Yeppoon, voted Yes in the ballot to de-amalgamate Livingstone Shire. Kathleen Calderwood

Councillors take a stand on boundary changes

COUNCILLORS today agreed they would send a clear message to the State Government - although they know it is a message that will not be heeded.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli told Mayor Margaret Strelow in a brief meeting in Brisbane on Tuesday that there would be no changes to the Livingstone/Rockhampton boundary when the councils split at the end of this year.

Cr Strelow was seeking to keep those areas which voted heavily against going with Livingstone at the March 9 referendum with Rockhampton.

Polling booths at The Caves, Marlborough, Milman and Nerimbera showed voters in those areas were strongly opposed to a split.

Although she did not receive majority support from her fellow councillors when she first raised the idea of approaching Mr Crisafulli on behalf of council on Monday, that changed today.

Cr Rose Swadling said no matter the outcome, Rockhampton Regional Council needed to be on the record as a council "that cared about its people".

Find out which people the councillors felt should have appealed to Mr Crisafulli for a boundary re-alignment in tomorrow's edition of The Morning Bulletin.



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