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Communities seek to undo council mergers

Fri August 31, 2012 10:37am

THERE'S been strong interest from Queensland communities hoping to undo controversial council amalgamations.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli has received 19 submissions from communities interested in resurrecting former councils swallowed up in the 2008 amalgamation process.

But he made it clear that lodging a submission is just the first step.

Communities have to show there's a strong community desire to return to the old order, and that it's financially viable.

The government has said it won't be funding the resurrection of former councils.

Former shires wishing to de-amalgamate will have to meet all costs involved, including those of the council they want to break away from.

Submissions deemed to have a strong case for change will be referred to the boundaries commissioner, who will work with Queensland Treasury to determine their viability.

A final report, including recommendations, will be handed to Mr Crisafulli by November 28.

"This will be a difficult and costly process, but if a proposal stacks up, the community will get to vote at a referendum," the minister said in a statement.

The former Noosa and Douglas shires are considered to be among the best prospects for progressing towards a vote on de-amalgamation some time next year.

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