REVIEW: Greg Hoffman has been hired to assess the de-amalgamation proposal.
REVIEW: Greg Hoffman has been hired to assess the de-amalgamation proposal.

Further de-amalgamation reviews

A FURTHER assessment of de-amalgamation is set to happen with Southern Downs Regional Council employing an outside consultant.

After compiling its own review, council has sought Greg Hoffman to scrutinise its review and the Granite Belt Community Association's split proposal.

A review of key information will be presented to the community at workshops in Stanthorpe and Warwick next month.

Mr Hoffman will analyse whether any potential issues have been overlooked or not put forward in either the GBCA's proposal or council's response.

He was Queensland Local Government Commissioner 1992-1996 and chief executive officer and general manager of the Local Government Association of Queensland.

Queensland Treasury is also completing an analysis of the GBCA proposal.

Southern Downs Deputy Mayor Jo McNally said the review and workshops will ensure the community is given the opportunity to query both reports and raise questions and issues.

"The community workshops will provide residents with an opportunity to ask important questions to clarify details and hear key information from Mr Hoffman,” Cr McNally said.

The GBCA yesterday released its response to council's review.

"We have concentrated our response on the financial and administrative issues raised in the management review,” GBCA'sAmanda Harrold said. "The steering committee have had to deal in some degree as well with sundry allegations ranging from the strange to the seriously misleading.”

"The association is disappointed that SDRC has missed an opportunity for constructive engagement by producing a report that is partially a partisan defence of the authors' organisation and partially a frequently inaccurate commentary on the GBCA report,” president Rev Alan Colyer said.

"We hoped for an impartial consideration of our proposal by senior council officers within the confines of their expertise on financial and administrative issues. Instead, the review ranges beyond finances and structure and into a submission against de-amalgamation,” he said.

Community workshops will be held at Stanthorpe Civic Centre at 6.30pm on April 1 following the draft budget information session.

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