President hopes people power will save the village
ROCKHAMPTON'S Peter Finnigan is putting his faith in people power.
In just under three weeks some 6000 people have signed a petition, showing overwhelming support for the Rockhampton Heritage Village.
The petition was formed after a Your Budget, Your Choice session, where the future operation of the Heritage Village was discussed.
Facing large cost increases after the decision for a regional de-amalgamation, Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Margaret Strelow is looking at ways to save council costs.
Mr Finnigan, who is the Heritage Village friends association president, couldn't be happier with the willingness of people to support the village's cause.
He has counted the numbers and said more than 80% of people who signed were from the new boundaries of the Rockhampton Regional Council.
Close to 1000 signatures were from outside the area, including tourists.
Mr Finnigan wants to see the Heritage Village maintained as a joint-venture between the volunteers and Rockhampton Regional Council.
"We wanted the people to say keep it as it is, and that's what they've said," he said.
Cr Strelow had not had the chance to look at the petition as of yesterday.
"I'm happy to keep receiving feedback on this issue and appreciate the commitment the volunteers make to the village," she said.
"At the end of the day however, there will be difficult decisions to make if we are to avoid a major rate rise."
Cr Rose Swadling is expected to present the petition to council at the next council meeting.