A triumphant Bill is happy the fight is over
BILL Ludwig is a triumphant man today after the former Livingstone Shire voted a resounding 'Yes' to deamalgamation.
But it was a close call - 56.81% voted Yes, while 43.19% voted No.
Regardless Cr Ludwig is excited for the future.
"Yesterday the people of the former Livingstone Shire, of whom I am just so proud, made history by voting to reclaim the rightful independence that was wrongly taken from them five years ago through forced amalgamation with Rockhampton," Cr Ludwig says.
"To everyone who voted, signed petitions, worked behind the scenes, and supported this just cause to reclaim our independence and our right to determine our own future, good on each and every one of you for helping to make this a reality.
"Those efforts have meant both our community, and the region, now have an opportunity to make a new beginning."
Mayor Margaret Strelow says the Rockhampton Regional Council will follow the undertaking of de-amalgamation in good grace.
"We wish them well," she says.