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Petition started to de-amalgamate the council

A MARYBOROUGH resident has started a petition to de-amalgamate from the Fraser Coast Council and claims the town is being fed the scraps - but the Mayor has shot the plan down, comparing it to unscrambling an egg.

A petition was started to reverse the decision made by the Anna Bligh Government in 2008 to amalgamate Queensland councils.

But after the LNP's landslide election win in 2012, Local Government Minister David Crisafulli gave council the option to de-amalgamate.

More than two years later the debate has reignited, with Maryborough resident Simone McArdle starting the petition using online, paper and even QR codes.

"Under the thinly disguised, worn out phrase, 'Pushing the Fraser Coast forward'," she added.

"Fraser Coast obviously means Hervey Bay and many residents of Maryborough and her districts are tired of being fed scraps ..."

Ms McArdle plans to put up the QR code signs around Maryborough.

By Wednesday afternoon, about 135 people had signed the petition.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell had a simple response when asked if de-amalgamation was on the radar: "No".

"Talk about unscrambling an egg," he said.

Cr O'Connell denied the claims Maryborough was being forgotten.

"There is a sharing of finances and it's done on a regional priority basis," he said.

"We're about to spend close to $6.5 million in the CBD of Maryborough.

"Maryborough does not miss out."

Maryborough councillor Chris Loft said de-amalgamation wouldn't work and he claimed the Heritage City was the "economic heart" of the region.

Mr Crisafulli also dismissed the de-amalgamation argument.

"We gave each former shire the opportunity to put forward a case for de-amalgamation in 2012," he said.

"I am always happy to work with any group to address their concerns and look for ways council can better serve ratepayers, but the window for communities seeking to de-amalgamate has closed."



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