QLGRA on the Radio

Exciting news!!  ABC Radio 612 4QR runs a 1 hour program called Focus hosted by Emma Griffiths.  The program  takes a more detailed look various issues
Tomorrow’s program is about Councils in Queensland.  (Pity they only have one hour!)
Colin has be invited to speak on behalf of the QLGRA so we encourage everyone to listen in.  Finally a voice for concerned citizens and the ratepayers.
Time: 10am
Date: Thursday 24th May 2018
There is also opportunity for people to make comment.
Talkback: 1300 222 612

SMS: 0467 922 612 (rates apply)

Other guests as we understand it will be Bob Abbot (former Mayor Noosa and Sunshine Coast) and Mark Jamieson (Mayor Sunshine Coast and current President of the LGAQ).  

So listen up folks – we never know how this cookie is going to crumble,
Good luck Colin

Council mergers: Did they actually save us money?

12th Mar 2018 – article by Geoff Egan

MERGING Queensland’s councils was lauded as a way to save taxpayers millions.

But a decade after amalgamation the Queensland Government has no data on what, if any, savings amalgamating councils made.

The much-protested upheaval, including a threatened plebiscite, turned 157 councils into 72 and ended 724 councillor positions.

From March 15, 2008, amalgamations were designed to cut costs through greater economies of scale.

Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam said the mergers had not solved councils’ financial woes.  “Any claims of savings were clearly illusory,” he said.  “Financial conditions haven’t changed one iota. Amalgamation wasn’t the silver bullet.”

[This article continues for several paragraphs.  Read the full text at ipswichadvertiser.comn.au]

MP for Gympie Tony Perrett Says Council Mergers Have Failed

March 12, 2018

Member for Gympie Tony Perrett believes Council amalgamations, which were supposed to produce many benefits for ratepayers, have failed to deliver any value.

Speaking on the 10th anniversary of the controversial 2008 council mergers, the former Kilkivan Shire councillor and Gympie Regional Council Deputy Mayor said in hindsight, the mergers were really a State Government cost-shifting exercise.

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Read the full story at southburnett.com.au