Qld Govt unrepentant over council mergers

1st August 2007Despite the division created in the community over the forced mergers of regional councils and the personal abuse directed his way in recent months, Qld Local Government Minister, Andrew Fraser, says he would not do a thing differently. The Qld council mergers became national news on Thursday, when: • The ABC 7:30 Report … Read moreQld Govt unrepentant over council mergers

Qld council numbers to be halved; bush decimated

27th July 2007The number of Queensland councils will be slashed by more than half – from 157 to just 72 – following a review into the state’s local government boundaries announced today. While there will be no change to Brisbane City Council, many other councils face significant amalgamations. The speculation that the massive shires of … Read moreQld council numbers to be halved; bush decimated

Bush councils fate to be learned tomorrow

26th July 2007The Queensland Government will reveal plans for local government amalgamations tomorrow, almost a week ahead of schedule. The Local Government Reform Commission was snowed under with submissions on the contentious issue of proposed council amalgamations and given a very short period to deal with them. Despite this, it will deliver its report to … Read moreBush councils fate to be learned tomorrow

Regional councils plan referendums on amalgamation

4th July 2007The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) and the State Government have locked horns again on whether it would be lawful for councils to hold referendums on the issue of forced amalgamations. LGAQ president, Paul Bell, wants the affected councils to hold referendums on August 18, in the aftermath of the Local Government … Read moreRegional councils plan referendums on amalgamation

Poll confirms unease over rural council mergers

26th June 2007Further evidence of country Queensland’s rising distaste for Premier Peter Beattie’s push for forced rural and regional council amalgamations has surfaced in a just-released survey. People living in south-east Queensland, but excluding Brisbane city and the Gold Coast, were canvassed by the Morton Consulting poll for their views, alongside 200 provincial and 200 … Read morePoll confirms unease over rural council mergers

Report says no need for forced council mergers in Qld

19th June 2007Claims by the Queensland Government that the State’s country councils would collapse in droves financially without amalgamations have been exposed as baseless and without foundation. That’s the thrust of a just-released report by international receivers and administrators, McGrath Nicol, made public today. “The LGAQ commissioned this report after a senior public servant from … Read moreReport says no need for forced council mergers in Qld

Beattie and Rudd set up backflip on Council amalgamations

15th June 2007A groundswell of pressure by rural Queenslanders could forge a late Labor backdown on Council amalgamations. Nationals Senator for Queensland, Ron Boswell, said two events this week point to an imminent backflip by Premier Beattie – the open letter advertisements in print media where Federal Labor leader, Kevin Rudd urges the Premier to … Read moreBeattie and Rudd set up backflip on Council amalgamations

Showdown on council amalgamations brought forward

13th June 2007The Qld Government has brought forward a meeting-of-minds between disaffected western Queensland mayors and rural organisations over the smouldering issue of forced council amalgamations. Originally penciled in towards the end of the month, AgForce president, Peter Kenny, says he will now champion a deputation to Brisbane that will meet with Premier Beattie next … Read moreShowdown on council amalgamations brought forward

AGM Presentation – John Purcell, Chairman – Turning the Tide

24th May 2007 Ladies and Gentlemen:  It is once more my privilege to present the PRA Chairman’s Report.  The year 2006/2007 has been one of mixed fortunes; however, in my view, the positives have exceeded the negatives.  About this time last year we had the wind taken from our sails with the receipt of Mr Bob … Read moreAGM Presentation – John Purcell, Chairman – Turning the Tide

Beattie Govt feels the heat of council merger protests

23rd May 2007 THE IRONY of regional council staff chanting “the workers united will never be defeated” at a series of rallies may be starting to unnerve the Queensland Government’s hard-line approach to forced council amalgamations.Qld Local Government Minister, Andrew Fraser, last week maintained his take-no-prisoners stance on his plan for council amalgamations but first … Read moreBeattie Govt feels the heat of council merger protests

Backlash grows against forced amalgamations

21st May 2007AgForce is calling on the State Government to halt its forced shire amalgamation process and give the community a meaningful say, in the wake of a comprehensive AgForce member survey and more grassroots protests. In a rare political irony, angry council workers chanted union slogans in protest against a the actions of a … Read moreBacklash grows against forced amalgamations

SMALL BUSINESS AND JOBS TO SUFFER UNDER BEATTIE’S COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS

23rd April 2007 “Regional and Rural Small Businesses and local jobs are set to be decimated under the disgraceful Beattie Labor Government’s plan to force large scale Local Government amalgamations,” Shadow Minister for Local Government and Planning, Howard Hobbs said today. “The vast majority of Local Governments in Rural and Regional areas strongly support their … Read moreSMALL BUSINESS AND JOBS TO SUFFER UNDER BEATTIE’S COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS

Uproar over rural councils merger plan

17th April 2007Rural shire councils are seething that the Queensland Government has ditched a consultation process and will pursue forced shire amalgamations instead. Premier Peter Beattie today stunned local councillors across the state by announcing a new Qld Local Government Reform Commission. It will spend three months considering new boundaries for the long-term sustainability of … Read moreUproar over rural councils merger plan