CCIM Chairman Mr Paul Lancaster CPA believes financial reports support the bid for de-amalgamation. Photo Trish Bowman / Capricorn Coast Mirror
CCIM Chairman Mr Paul Lancaster CPA believes financial reports support the bid for de-amalgamation. Photo Trish Bowman / Capricorn Coast Mirror Trish Bowman

Lancaster defends his decision to cut comments on facebook

PAUL Lancaster has defended his decision to delete comments he made on the costs of de-amalgamation on One Capricorn Region's Facebook page.

At the heart of the debate was the chairman of the Capricorn Coast Independence Movement's argument that $10million would be the whole cost of a split.

Others who commented on the page, including Mayor Margaret Strelow, argued that figure would only be for the first year of de-amalgamation.

Queensland Treasury Corporation found the initial cost for Livingstone to de-amalgamate would be $10million or an extra $429 for each ratepayer in the first year.

There would also be ongoing costs of an extra $194 a ratepayer each year there-after, rising with inflation.

These figures would include incremental annual occurring costs, which QTC has described as ongoing extra costs, rather than costs of de-amalgamation.

They are the operating costs Livingstone would have operating as a new council.

They are forecast as $2.2million, while one-off costs are $8.8million.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli has said a new council could adjust its budget to suit itself.

One Capricorn Region claimed Mr Lancaster deleted his posts after other people "drew his attention to a major flaw in his calculations".

But Mr Lancaster said he deleted the posts because he was sick of the continual Facebook notifications on his phone as more and more people commented.

"I stand by my comments," Mr Lancaster said.

"I was just challenging the logic. There's no conspiracy, I was just getting sick of Facebook messages."



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