‘No plans to change council'
KEPPEL LNP candidate Bruce Young says there is no commitment from party leader Campbell Newman to implement a de-amalgamated council for the Capricorn Coast.
Mr Young was responding to comments by Cr Tony Williams in yesterday's Morning Bulletin, where he called on Mr Newman to give a clear indication of his position on a de-amalgamation for the Rockhampton Regional Council.
Cr Williams said council was in limbo because of the threat of de-amalgamation if Mr Newman was elected, and could not review its operations.
Mr Young yesterday said Mr Newman gave Cr Bill Ludwig a commitment to look at his de-amalgamation proposal, but that was it.
Cr Ludwig is leading the debate for the Capricorn Coast to be de-amalgamated from the regional council, and has so far gained more than 7000 signatures on a petition.
“Campbell Newman is committed to look at the proposals, and there is nothing more than that,” Mr Young said.
“I spoke with Bill and we are aware that he has over 7000 signatures.
“For 7000 people to put pen to paper voicing their concerns, there is obviously a lot of disenchantment out there.”
However, Mr Young said the LNP was concerned about the rising costs of living in considering the Capricorn Coast and other proposals to disband amalgamated councils.
“Campbell Newman has to be elected first,” he said.