Glenda wants controversial boundary lines to stay
GLENDA MATHER can't put her finger on why some residents from the localities of Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview have apparently asked for the boundary lines to be reviewed in order for them to return to Rockhampton council.
The Livingstone Shire councillor's comments come just days after the Rockhampton council discussed the possibility for a future boundary realignment before the 2020 election in their council meeting earlier this week after a number of Rocky councillors said they had been approached by residents in those areas begging to come back to the local government of Rockhampton.
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But Cr Mather, who is also a Glenlee resident herself, said if the local government boundary lines were changed and the transition occurred, Livingstone Council would suffer a $2million loss or more.
"It's disappointing that the Rocky council is persisting in its push for a boundary re-alignment, because there will be no further benefit for the areas the mayor is pushing to claim," Cr Mather said.
"If people want to go to Rocky, I want to know why. I don't know what benefits they think they'll have, the only thing in their lives that will change are who they pay their rates to.
"I'd like to know what their real reasons are, I don't hold any grudges against them for asking but I just don't know what they think will change. Their locality of interest will not change, as it won't change for many other shire residents who already see Rockhampton as their main community of interest."
In yesterday's edition one Glendale resident texted into The Morning Bulletin possible reasons as to why some residents could want the switch.
"At Glendale the shoulders of all roads are breaking away, the park septic is leaking and there are no bus stops in Glendale," the resident said.
However Cr Mather said no one had approached her with any issues.
She added that she is more than happy to talk to any resident who has a concern about their locality.