GBCA president Alan Colyer speaking during the public rally held earlier this year on April 29.
GBCA president Alan Colyer speaking during the public rally held earlier this year on April 29. Matthew Purcell

Give up an hour and take it in

FROM a very young age, and at every step throughout our lives, we are taught to plan.

Plan for school, plan for work, plan for marriage, plan for travel, plan for retirement, plan for your death; it is a never-ending minefield of planning.

So, it is no surprise that the push for a de-amalgamated Granite Belt to take us into our future, has seen such an overwhelming groundswell of support.

After all, why plan for a future in our region, if our region isn't what we want it to be? For the past several months we have all waited with bated breath as the 'process' took place.

We have witnessed a public rally, fundraising, social media 'debates', a lot of speculation from both sides and a lot of hard work behind the scenes by the Granite Belt Community Association.

And finally, the time is here. On Monday, a small group from the Granite Belt Community Association will present the finalised business case to the Minister for Local Government, Stirling Hinchliffe.

This report will have everything the state government has required of our community in its endeavour to shape our own destiny.

The following evening it will be our turn to hear this same business case.

This association will be honest, transparent and up front about their findings and what it will mean for every single resident of our community.

There will be questions taken from the floor so that everyone leaves with an understanding of the outcome and what the next steps will be.

It really doesn't matter what side of the fence you sit on, I urge you to give up an hour of your time and listen, engage and be informed.

It is my personal opinion that there should be nothing more important than planning for the future of our region.

This is not just for ourselves, but for the generations that come after us. Too much has been taken from our region and the fight to regain our control has only just begun.

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