TOWN PRIDE: Trey Colyer, Alex Steffanon, Heather Colyer and Ruth Steffanon at a previous public rally for de-amalgamation.
TOWN PRIDE: Trey Colyer, Alex Steffanon, Heather Colyer and Ruth Steffanon at a previous public rally for de-amalgamation. Matthew Purcell

Public rally to reveal all

IT'S a question many want the answer to: where is the de-amalgamation process up to?

All your queries will be answered when the Granite Belt Community Association holds another public rally next Tuesday evening.

The association's investigations into the proposed de-amalgamation are drawing to a close and the group will deliver the report to Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe before year's end.

"We are pleased with the progress of our investigations and thank Lawrence Springborg and the project steering committee for their efforts," GBCA president Reverend Alan Colyer said.

"The committee remains positive but there is still a long way to go and a number of steps still have to be achieved.

"Council have been open to our requests for information and have provided consultant David Spearritt with the information required to put the financial analysis together.

"We are very thankful to Mayor (Tracy) Dobie and staff for their openness through the process."

The association will hold its public address on Tuesday, December 11, from 7pm at Stanthorpe Showgrounds. There will be a briefing on the study and on the next steps going forward.

"On behalf of the GBCA, I would like to thank all the wonderful people in our community who have put their signatures and donations behind our efforts to create a new Granite Belt council," Rev Colyer said.

"To date we have raised $60,636 (of an $80,000 target) from 212 individuals and groups. This is an impressive show of community support and the desire for a Granite Belt council.

"We are humbled by their support and are working hard to make sure that we present a professional business case proposal that all can have confidence in."

One question that still remains up in the air - what does the future hold for Dalveen?

"The Dalveen community, which has a close connection with the wider Granite Belt community both in nature and geographically, have confirmed that they would wish to join a new Granite Belt council, if one was to be created.

"A petition to this effect has been collected by the residents of Dalveen who are over the age of 18.

"This petition will be sent to the minister and also be included in the GBCA report," Rev Colyer said.

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