Dave Tarcy took his own poll to see what the Capricorn Coast community really think about de-amalgamation.
Dave Tarcy took his own poll to see what the Capricorn Coast community really think about de-amalgamation. Contributed

Vote on daylight savings but not council amalgamations

CAPRICORN coast resident David Tarcy said he found it odd that as Queenslanders we were given the right to say how we wished to set our clocks - daylight savings or not - but not given the right to decide how we wished to be governed locally or regionally. 

On March 9 that decision will be rectified as former Livingstone Shire residents will go to the polls.

With so much in the media from the proponents and opponents of de-amalgamation, it occurred to Mr Tarcy that no one had actually surveyed the residents for their opinion.

With that thought in mind Mr Tarcy decided to collect a small random sample of opinions from Capricorn Coast residents.

"Before getting to the results, I must state/clarify two things.

First, and most importantly, a sincere thanks to those of you who answered the survey and a sincere apology if I offended anyone by asking you the question," Mr Tarcy said.

"I realise now that I do not wish to conduct surveys for a living and have a newfound empathy for the next person seeking my opinion.

"Having said that, nearly everyone on the coast greets you with a smile and many are keen to stop and have a chin wag, with only the occasional 'bugger off', 'none of your business' or 'who's paying you?'"Second is the sample I took.

I chose four locations, beach walkers along Farnborough beach, IGA in Emu Park, workers and shoppers along James/Normanby St, and the two shopping plazas in Yeppoon.

" Mr Tarcy said he also collected data on whether the respondents were male or female, under 30 years of age, between 30-50, or over 50.

"I wasn't so rude as to ask anyone their age so there is an inherent guess error in that data, and with the colourful people who live on the coast it's even possible that I may have an error in the male/female category," Mr Tarcy said.

"I spoke to 321 people, none of whom were known to me so as not to skew results."Each person was asked if they lived on the coast, and whether they would vote yes or no to de-amalgamation, or if they were undecided?

Mr Tarcy said he identified that there was a large undecided group and there were a number of people who thought a no vote meant no amalgamation so he was hoping various committees would do a good job informing everyone that yes meant de-amalgamate and no meant stay amalgamated.

"Only those on the electoral roll as of Friday, February 8 are eligible to vote," Mr Tarcy said.

"I hope every person thinks and chooses wisely, and I'm very glad to say it is finally now up to us, and not the councils, on what we want."



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