LANDHOLDERS MUST ACT ON VALUATIONS

3rd April 2008 Landholders must act in responsee to the recent and ongoing land valuations put out by the Department of Natural Resources and Water.   Department spokesmen make glib remarks in an endeavour to divert critisism and pressure.  Such statements include “We only value the land – it is a matter for local government shires … Read moreLANDHOLDERS MUST ACT ON VALUATIONS

Amalgamations cost ratepayers

3rd April 2008 Ratepayers should be aware that the majority of costs associated with the forced amalgamations of councils has not been funded by the State Labour Government.  The state set aside only $27.1 million for these amalgamations.  The costs are so far estimated to be in excess of $200m and climbing. The difference, $170m … Read moreAmalgamations cost ratepayers

Brisbane venue for ‘Democracy Rally’

15th January 2008With only eight weeks to Queensland’s contentious local government elections, there are moves afoot to stage a Democratic Rights Day, thereby highlighting further public unrest over issues like forced amalgamations. The over-arching umbrella group for the planned Democratic Rights Day, Australian Business and People’s Alliance Council, says it is anticipating some 20,000 people … Read moreBrisbane venue for ‘Democracy Rally’

Qld has spoken – forced council mergers a disaster

19th December 2007The overwhelming results of plebiscites on forced council amalgamations in Queensland have made it absolutely clear that the State Government has gone down the wrong path, says federal Nationals leader, Warren Truss. Mr Truss, a Queenslander himself and federal Shadow Local Government Minister, says the Qld Premier, Anna Bligh, has no choice but … Read moreQld has spoken – forced council mergers a disaster

Queenslanders condemn forced council mergers

18th December 2007Queenslanders have overwhelmingly rejected the Bligh Labor Government’sforced council amalgamations with almost 300,000 people voting againstthe move in 85 voluntary plebiscites right throughout the state. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said only an arrogant andout of touch Government would ignore such a comprehensive result. “Queensland communities have sent the Bligh Labor Government … Read moreQueenslanders condemn forced council mergers

First council merger ballot results send resounding no message

11th December 2007The Bligh Labor Government cannot ignore the resounding opposition toforced council mergers being recorded in postal vote results releasedthis week, the Queensland Coalition said today. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said he expected thestrong no votes registered by Noosa, Redcliffe and Pine Rivers residentswould be echoed right throughout Queensland. “The dictatorial and … Read moreFirst council merger ballot results send resounding no message

Ballot on forced council amalgamations closes Friday

10th December 2007Queenslanders outside the South-East affected by forced councilamalgamations have till Friday (December 14) to have their say, theState Coalition said today. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said while the ballot forthe six urban Councils (Caboolture, Caloundra, Pine Rivers, Gold Coast,Noosa and Redcliffe) closed last Friday, residents in every otheraffected area had till … Read moreBallot on forced council amalgamations closes Friday

Council amalgamation ballots posted this week

19th November 2007About 700,000 Queenslanders in 85 councils affected by the Bligh LaborGovernment’s forced council amalgamations will finally have a chance tohave their say this week by voting in local plebiscites. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said the AustralianElectoral Commission will start posting out plebiscite ballot papersthis week asking ratepayers if they supported the … Read moreCouncil amalgamation ballots posted this week

Union domination of amalgamated councils revealed

15th November 2007The Bligh Labor Government’s push for union infiltration of localcouncils has been exposed by new figures showing union officials aresitting on up to 10 of the transition committees set up under the forcedamalgamations process. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said under Labor’s laws,all of the transition committees guiding the establishment of the … Read moreUnion domination of amalgamated councils revealed

Council mergers could cost $200m in Qld: LGAQ

25th October 2007The Queensland Government has been forced to defend its handling of council amalgamations on two new fronts, including a claim by the Local Government Association of Queensland that the process of merging shires will cost councils $200 million. And the Nationals claim that a legislative bungle by the Government means the State still … Read moreCouncil mergers could cost $200m in Qld: LGAQ

Kevin Rudd deserves no support on forced mergers

16th October 2007Confirmation council plebiscites won’t be held until after the November24 Federal election made it doubly important for Queenslanders concerned over Labor’s forced amalgamations to voteagainst Kevin Rudd, the State Coalition said today. Shadow Minister for Local Government, Howard Hobbs said Queenslanderswho imagined they could vote for Kevin Rudd on the back of his commentshe … Read moreKevin Rudd deserves no support on forced mergers

Election a chance to have a say on forced mergers

15th October 2007The Federal Election is the first chance voters in Queensland will getto have a say on forced council amalgamations, the Queensland Coalitionsaid today. Shadow Minister for Local Government, Howard Hobbs said revelations madepublic last week showed Kevin Rudd met only once with Queensland’sPremier on the subject of forced council mergers which indicated Laborwas … Read moreElection a chance to have a say on forced mergers

Union hacks dominating in amalgamated councils

12th October 2007Unelected union representatives are dominating the forced councilamalgamations transition process, with revelations this week up to 54union representatives are sitting on one of the regional committeeswhich will determine how the new councils will work. Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said the State LaborGovernment’s forced council amalgamations were more about creatingstronger unions than … Read moreUnion hacks dominating in amalgamated councils

Kevin couldnt give a Rudd about councils

8th October 2007The Queensland Coalition today stepped up its call for Kevin Rudd toshow his true colours on Labor’s forced council amalgamations. Coalition Leader Jeff Seeney said Kevin Rudd’s claim he’d been‘consistent’ on forced amalgamations was a cop-out and another exampleof his “breeze sniffing” on key issues. Mr Seeney challenged the would-be Prime Minister to … Read moreKevin couldnt give a Rudd about councils

Rudd crying crocodile tears on forced council mergers

8th October 2007The Queensland Coalition has accused Federal Labor Leader Kevin Rudd of“crying crocodile tears” on forced council amalgamations followingrevelations he only met with the former Premier once to discuss theissue. In a Question on Notice, the Coalition sought details on how manymeetings, emails, letters, faxes or phone calls Mr Rudd made to theformer Premier … Read moreRudd crying crocodile tears on forced council mergers