Voters urged to look at Victorian de-amalgamation experience
CAPRICORN Coast voters should look to the experience of split Victorian shires where rates have soared by 72-78% over five years, according to One Capricorn spokesman Geoff Murphy.
"In 2002, Victoria's Delatite Shire, encompassing the regional centres of Mansfield and Benalla, was de-amalgamated," Mr Murphy said.
"In 2006 rates were 72% and 78% higher in the smaller and larger councils respectively, despite both councils benefiting from increased financial assistance grants.
"Voters should ask themselves if a 72% increase in rates over five years is worth it," he said.
Mr Murphy said a united Capricorn council was better placed to keep rates in check and influence state and federal governments to invest in infrastructure for the communities.
"Our communities and the local economies in the Capricorn region are tightly linked.
"It is only by working together as One Capricorn Region we will continue to grow and prosper," he said.
"One Capricorn Region has been presenting facts from independent sources, including the Queensland Treasury Corporation and the Queensland Boundaries Commission," Mr Murphy said.
"Delatite Shire data was contained in an analysis conducted by David Spearitt, director of the Orion Consulting Network on behalf of the Moreton Bay Regional Council."