Divorced Queensland councils set election date

By Paul Hemsley Queensland ratepayers who eagerly sent forced council mergers packing by voting for de-amalgamation from neighbouring councils will go to the polls on 9 November to elect their new representatives. The state government’s announcement has confirmed that people living in Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas will get new local leaders from 1 January […]

Sunshine Coast plans for life without Noosa

By Paul Hemsley Queensland’s Sunshine Coast Council has moved quickly to officially sever ties with its forced-merger bedfellow, Noosa Council, by excluding it from its regional planning scheme after being allowed to decouple by the Campbell Newman government. The previous Noosa council is scheduled to be resurrected in January 2014 after residents in four areas […]

Councils to decide if de-amalgamation is too costly

By Paul Hemsley The Queensland state government has moved to roll-back controversial mega-councils formed through forced mergers and asked local governments to put forward their case on whether they want previous jurisdictional boundaries restored. The potential break-up of the mega councils is part of wider push to decentralise administration and local governments by recently elected […]

State and local government reject de-amalgamation

By Angela Dorizas in Cairns Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has rebuffed the Liberal-National Party proposal to de-amalgamate councils across the state. LNP’s de-amalgamation plans were announced earlier by Oppositon Leader Lawrence Springborg at the annual conference of the Local Government Associaiton of Queensland. The Premier told conference delegates that state government would not back down on […]

Springborg’s de-amalgamation plan

By Angela Dorizas in Cairns If elected next year, the newly merged Liberal-National Party (LNP) will allow councils across Queensland to de-amalgamate. Opposition Leader, Lawrence Springborg, announced LNP’s de-amalgamation plan at the annual conference of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) in Cairns. The announcement came in response to a challenge by the Minister […]


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