No Obstacles for Councils with Amalgamation Referendums No Obstacles for Councils with Amalgamation Referendums

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06-07-2007
No Obstacles for Councils with Amalgamation Referendums

The Local Government Association of Queensland and its legal advisers have given concerned councils guidelines on conducting community polls on the amalgamation issue, association president, Cr Paul Bell said today.

“Community polls will be the last chance residents will have to make their feelings known,” Cr Bell said.

“It’s important that people who are against forced amalgamations have the opportunity to speak up and not be overridden by a government determined to push on regardless,” he said.

“A referendum gives everyone – whether they are for or against – a chance to have a say. And whatever the people decide, councils will be happy to live with the outcomes. Government opposition to referendums really suggests the premier is not interested in what the people think.

“Parliament reconvenes on August 21 after the Local Government Reform Commission has delivered its recommendations by August 1, with the government making its determination in September. It’s this timing which has led us to recommend Saturday, August 18, as the most suitable community polling date.

“We believe that local members of parliament who will vote on the proposed new legislation should be given an opportunity to know what their constituents think.

“Our advice is that no legal action can be taken to prevent the state parliament from implementing the Local Government Reform Commission recommendations,” Cr Bell said.

The LGAQ has suggested to councils a poll question, supported by “yes” and “no” cases. The question suggested is:

Do you reject any recommendation of the Local Government Reform Commission that requires forced amalgamation or boundary change for XYZ Council?

 

 

 

Local Government Association of Queensland
LGAQ House, 25 Evelyn Street, Newstead Qld 4006


Cr Paul Bell

Cr Paul Bell, AM President
Executive
president@lgaq.asn.au    P: 07 3000 2222    M: 0418 791 596