Pre-polls for de-amalgamation vote open today in Yeppoon
AND they're off…
Pre-polling began today in the referendum to decide the future of the region.
People were lined up out side the Yeppoon Courthouse all morning to get in early and have their say.
Hundreds of people are believed to have voted this morning already.
Voters in all four areas in Queensland seeking de-amalgamation - Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Port Douglas - go to the polls on March 9 but voters can cast an earlier vote if they are unavailable on polling day.
"I've said time and time again that this is an important vote for these communities and I'd urge them to read the Boundaries Commissioner's report to get the information they need," Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said.
The pre-poll address is Livingstone Area Returning Officer's Office, Yeppoon Court House, 21-23 Normanby Street, Yeppoon.
Voting is compulsory and $110 fines will apply to non-voters.
De-amalgamation information is available at www.dlg.qld.gov.au/bc//
Referendum information is available at www.ecq.qld.gov.au/