Amalgamation Compensation Disappointing LGAQ Amalgamation Compensation Disappointing LGAQ

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Thursday, 15th April 2010
Amalgamation Compensation Disappointing LGAQ

Local Government Association of Queensland president, Cr Paul Bell, has described compensation allocated to amalgamated councils announced by Local Government Minister Desley Boyle today as disappointing.

"We have previously estimated compensation for the massive costs involved in the amalgamations at $200 million. The $18.6 million allocated to just six councils is a mere fraction of this," Cr Bell said.

"It is also disappointing the government has taken so long to come to this decision," he said.

"Minister Boyle has announced compensation to Isaac Regional Council of $4.06 million, North Burnett Regional Council $348,000, Scenic Rim Regional Council $2.79 million, South Burnett Regional Council $1.127 million, Southern Downs Regional Council $2.38 million and Torres Strait Island Regional Council $7.58 million.

"I'm sure these councils appreciate their allocations, but I know some councils who missed out will want to know why.

"Councils and their communities will pass judgement on what is fair and reasonable as they battle ongoing cost constraints.

"Councils will need to craft their upcoming budgets with consideration to the effects of this decision," Cr Bell said.



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