Five Queensland councils win de-amalgamation bids

Five Queensland councils have had an early victory in their bid for de-amalgamation.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli today announced the former Douglas, Isis, Livingstone, Mareeba and Noosa shires were successful in their bids to have their mergers with larger councils re-examined.

A further 14 councils nominated for possible de-amalgamation were rejected.

Mr Crisafulli says Queensland Boundaries Commissioner Col Meng will examine the proposals with input from the Treasury Corporation.

The bids will need to convince the Commissioner of their viability, before being put to local referenda early next year, Mr Crisafulli says.

“I am determined that every single dollar is costed, every single benefit is put on the table and every hurdle is put on the table,” he told reporters in Cairns.

“When people turn up to vote, if they get to that stage, they will do so with their eyes wide open.”

Mr Crisafulli said the state government would not contribute to the financial costs of any de-amalgamation.


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