Opinion

Split off Maryborough? Why not the Bay

Comment: ATTENTION the 8500 people from the Maryborough area who signed the de-amalgamation petition: What is your argument?

If there is any town that would benefit from de-amalgamation, it should be Hervey Bay.

Financial stats show that this council spends more operational money in Maryborough than is collected there - $1.52 million more, to be precise.

Hervey Bay has a surplus of $1.49 million.

So the growing town of Hervey Bay supports the heritage city.

So what is your argument, Maryborough?

In the petition tabled to parliament days ago, you cite a Maryborough council as being closer for residents.

There is a council administration block near City Hall now, so what's the new benefit?

You can't argue that this council is Bay-focused while diggers sit on Kent St completing multi-million-dollar improvements.

Give us hard evidence.

You have four councillors and the mayor living in the district.

I love Maryborough and I know it has some challenges. But the "it's always someone else's fault" attitude won't get you anywhere.

Blame the council, blame the State Government or blame the flooding.

At the end of the day, your time could be better spent working to build a vibrant city.

Topics:  council, de-amalagamation, local politics, maryborough




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