COMMUNITY VOICE: Craig Bailey, Natalie Curtis, Enid Bailey and Tony Richmond.
COMMUNITY VOICE: Craig Bailey, Natalie Curtis, Enid Bailey and Tony Richmond. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emecabinet

Capella locals fight for Peak Downs Shire

WITH their hopes high and their voices determined to be heard, the Capella Peak Downs Shire De-amalgamation Committee members marched into the Community Cabinet to fight for their shire.

Members Craig Bailey, Natalie Curtis, Enid Bailey and Tony Richmond met with the Local Government Minister David Crisafulli to speak about the struggles their town has faced since amalgamation.

"Peak Downs Shire was quite a wealthy shire and at the point of amalgamation, that all went," Mr Bailey said.

"Our rates have doubled and doubled and our service has decreased and decreased.

"There's been nothing done on the shire since amalgamation, nothing to justify the higher rates whatsoever."

The committee started a petition and gained 500 signatures in the first meetings held.

"The response we got was phenomenal. We didn't have enough paper for them to sign," Mr Bailey said.

Capella local and committee member Enid Bailey is determined to win the battle, and said she isn't going to give up.

"We were one of the very early pioneer councils and our whole area is really flattened by all this," Mrs Bailey said.

"We never got a chance to have a say. We just got told we were going to amalgamate and lose our shire.

"We want to have our own shire back again.

"We are going to keep going until someone listen to us."

Mr Bailey said there was a long road ahead, but it was a step in the right direction.

"He (the Minister) knows we exist, and he has invited us to put our case to him further, and I think going forward, we will as a community put our case to him," he said.

"He hopes he can work with the existing regional council, but I'm afraid there is no regional representation and there never will be while you have a large central populous.

Mr Bailey said he was feeling positive about the outcome.



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