Government research finds rate rises more popular than council mergers

By Paul Hemsley New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell and his Local Government Minister Don Page have a new electoral headache to deal with in their efforts to sell the controversial idea of council mergers in the state. New polling research commissioned by the Independent Local Government Review Panel in New South Wales has revealed […]

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 […]

Agriculture-Science hub moves its QLD location

A Queensland based research station will move its location from Kairi to Mareeba for about seven million dollars. The Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation’s (DEEDI) Kairi Research Station will move to Mareeba in the Tablelands Region, with funding of $6.95 million supplied from the auction of the former site. DEEDI sold 209 hectares […]


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