Super council must balance all aspects of region: Submission

TANNUM Sands resident Max McAuley has strong feelings about the amalgamation of this region's councils.

Max was one of many people in the Gladstone region who took the time to make a submission to the Local Government Reforms Commission by the closing date of May 25 relating to amalgamations.

"If amalgamations should happen it should be for positive reasons rather than just to have a change,'' he said.

"In this region it should be targeted toward developing the Port Curtis region into a fully dynamic region.''

Mr McAuley said before living in Tannum Sands within the Calliope Shire, he had lived in Gladstone and "had a feeling for both".

He said under the current situation, Gladstone was surrounded by the Calliope Shire Council.

But he said if there was to be a merger of Gladstone, Calliope and other councils, Gladstone should not dominate the new region although it would have the major population base.

"I don't know that Gladstone has the experience to make decisions over rural areas.

"It does not have the seachange and treechange experience that Calliope Shire Council has.

"Any amalgamation needs to look at the super council as a new entity with all the aspects of the region in balance.

Mr McAuley said the administration of the new council should be in the Calliope Shire which would be more central than if it was situated in Gladstone.

"Also any new council should not have a name linking it with the names of any of the existing councils in the region.

"Possible names could be Curtis Regional Council or Port Curtis Regional Council,'' he said.

Calliope council has pointed to the strength of feeling over forced amalgamations among its ratepayers.

The council conducted information booths in four locations.

A spokesperson for the council yesterday said the booths attracted more than 1500 submissions from residents.

These submissions have been forwarded to the commission to assist it in its decisions on council mergers.

The spokesperson said the 1500 submissions did not include private submissions made by shire residents.