CHANGE: Fraser Coast councillor Anne Maddern has raised the issue of de-amalgamation.
CHANGE: Fraser Coast councillor Anne Maddern has raised the issue of de-amalgamation. Alistair Brightman

Report to outline steps for possible council de-amalgamation

A REPORT on how Maryborough and its surrounding suburbs could be split from Hervey Bay will be discussed at Wednesday's council meeting.

Division 2 councillor Anne Maddern has called for the report into the possible processes of de-amalgamating the Fraser Coast.

It is the first serious consideration for the case of de-amalgamation in several years.

But Ms Maddern would not talk about the possibility of splitting the Fraser Coast, instead using the motion to address people's concerns.

Would you like to see the Fraser Coast de-amalgamated?

This poll ended on 14 June 2016.

Current Results

No, I am not in support of de-amalgamation

30%

Yes, I would like to see the region split

63%

I'm unsure at this stage

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

"There was a petition that was presented to Parliament, and then at our last general meeting two of our constituents put it (de-amalgamation) to council," she said.

"At the very least it's good manners to acknowledge that."

The Tiaro councillor and former Member for Maryborough refused to make known her position on the issue.

"I don't know what the outcome of this might be and I don't want to pre-empt it," she said.

"It comes back to what the community wants - I am there to represent the community."

IN COUNCIL

Maryborough, its surrounding towns and Hervey Bay were amalgamated in 2008 and Mick Kruger was named mayor of the Fraser Coast.

The prime purpose of this whole process is to acknowledge there are people out there are who are not happy," she said.

"There are people in the community who feel disenfranchised."

One of those people is Clifford Thomas, who led a petition to de-amalgamate the Fraser Coast which gained more than 8600 signatures.

"Maryborough has been run down to such an extent and little money has been spent here in eight years," he said.

"We were doing all right financially - but the region has been run down (to the benefit of Hervey Bay).

"It's not a we or they, it's a fact. We were pretty financially well-off before amalgamation."

A spokesman from the Department of Local Government said several requirements were needed before the Deputy Premier would consider making a referral to the Local Government Change Commission.

These included community and Fraser Coast Regional Council support for de-amalgamation and a financial analysis.

These had yet to be met.



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