Council wants people to decide divide

A SECOND round of public consultation has begun to gauge residents' opinions on electoral divisions for the Fraser Coast Regional Council.

In the original survey on this issue in February, only 1.71% of eligible electors responded.

The council followed 81% of those who voted for divisions and opted to recommend a carve-up of the the amalgamated local government area.

Of the people who voted for divisions, 52% supported multi-member divisions and 48% supported single-member divisions.

So evenly were voters split on this issue, the Change Commissioner has baulked at making a ruling, opting instead to canvass the ratepayers again.

Fraser Coast residents must now recommend to maintain the status quo, opt for 10 divisions with one councillor each, five divisions with two councillors each or three divisions with multiple councillors.

Public consultation will close at 5pm on June 27.

The council has arranged for a number of public forums in the local government area to discuss the proposals.

Forums will be held at:

Station Square, Maryborough, from 9am to 2pm on Thursday, June 16;

Pialba Place Shopping Centre, Hervey Bay, from 9am to 2pm on Friday June 17, and;

Tiaro Field Day, from 9am to 2pm on June 25.

Residents can provide feedback by completing a questionnaire on line from the Council website, or by telephoning Council's Customer Service Centres on 1300 794 929.

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