One Capricorn Region spokesman Geoff Murphy.
One Capricorn Region spokesman Geoff Murphy. Trish Bowman

Survey reveals de-amalgamation poll could be a photo finish

A NEWSPOLL survey commissioned by One Capricorn Region, the group that opposes de-amalgamation, has revealed 43% of 300 respondents would vote in favour of de-amalgamation, until they were told the Queensland Treasury Corporation's predicted costs of a split.

The findings of the survey of former Livingstone Shire Council residents getting set to vote in the referendum on March 9 was revealed this morning.

While 43% of respondents initially said they would vote yes, 37% of respondents said they would vote no, and 20% were unsure.

But One Capricorn Region said once respondents were informed of QTC's forecasts that ratepayers would pay an additional $429 in the first year after the split and an additional $194 the year after, the number of voters who intended to vote yes dropped.

One Capricorn Region spokesman Geoff Murphy said the Newspoll survey found 83% of residents surveyed were aware of the upcoming de-amalgamation vote, showing the level of undecided voters showed residents wanted more facts. 

Capricorn Coast Independence Movement chairman Paul Lancaster this afternoon condemned the survey, calling it a "push poll".



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