Lobbyists form state body
A NEW statewide group seeking justice for local communities "cheated by council mergers" has been formalised.
Stanthorpe man Bob Johnson, the Save Our Shires chairman, was elected chairman of the new Queensland Local Government Reform Alliance (QLGRA) at its inaugural annual general meeting on Saturday.
Mr Johnson continues to fight for de-amalgamtion and said the QLGRA called on the state government, whose members previously opposed forced amalgamations, to carry out their election promise to put local government back on track.
"The government put a process in place that ... disallowed many former council areas to re-establish their local communities, or to seek boundary changes," he said.
"Only four were allowed to de-merge despite 19 having applied."
Mr Johnson said the QLGRA was open to all local community groups, would advocate at state level until the Beattie government's "failed amalgamation process" was properly redressed, allowing de-mergers for councils seeking them and allowing others to re-draw boundaries and otherwise restore community representation and re-empower communities.
He said the QLGRA "continues to gain momentum" in Queensland and there was interest in New South Wales.
The e-petition can be found at parliament. qld.gov.au under links Work of Assembly and then Petitions.
For more information phone secretary Joanna Kesteven on 54635304, Mr Johnson on 0432950645 or visit qgralliance.com.au.