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Fraser Coast Regional Council to conduct 2 polls

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To the Chief Executive Officer, Mayor and Councillors of Fraser Coast Regional Council

We, the undersigned, wish to express our STRONG OPPOSITION for the proposed development of the Fraser Coast Sports Precinct and have STRONG SUPPORT for a Council de-merger.

Local Government Act 2009 Chapter 7 Other provisions page 230 Current as at 1 March 2017; Authorised by the Parliamentary Counsel states under s268A “A local government may, in the way decided by the local government, conduct a voluntary poll of the electors in its area or a part of its area on any issue of concern to the area or part.

We, therefore request Fraser Coast Regional Council conduct 2 polls to gauge exactly what the community wants:

1.         Referendum to put in abeyance the development of the Hervey Bay sports precinct and stop all further development of the above until the people have had their say

2.         Referendum on the separation of the Maryborough Region (Tiaro, Woocoo shires) from Hervey Bay.

The Sports Precinct is an issue effecting the entire region.  Details of petition, opposing letter and updates can be found here:

As a result of the deamalgamation petition with 8,653 signatures being tabled in Parliament on 5th May 2015, the Qld State Government has asked us to approach Fraser Coast Regional Council for a referendum on deamalgamation. As this petition was aimed at Maryborough the rest of the Fraser Coast did not have an opportunity until now.

We believed the main reason for the forced amalgamation was to save money. This has not been the case. We are all are paying more than double and not receiving the proper representation we are worthy of.

This amalgamated council has not listened, nor has it consulted with the community on many of the issues that we are faced with.

If you agree with wanting a referendum and want to know exactly what people of the entire Fraser Coast think on the two most contentious issues we face, please sign, like (Y) and share across all your social media platforms.

Hard copies can be download here and printed for those that do not have internet access. 

It is our opinion many regions are wanting this too.

If you are not one of the 9% who only care if your water runs, toilet flushes and the lights come on and you wish to support the process by attending Fraser Coast Regional Council Meeting No. 10 in Maryborough on 26th July. Alternatively, please contact your divisional Councillor and let them know what you want. Contact details can be found here: 

Deamalgamation Petition Details:

Subject: De-amalgamate Maryborough region from Fraser Coast Regional Council
Eligibility: Queensland residents
Sponsoring Member: Bruce Saunders MP
Principal Petitioner: Clifford Thomas, 82 John Street, Maryborough QLD 4650

Number of Signatures: 8653
Tabled Date: 05/05/2015
Referred to Minister/s: Hon Jackie Trad MP
Response Due Date: 04/06/2015
Response Tabled: 04/06/2015

To: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

The petition of residents of the State of Queensland draws to the attention of the House that the recent forced amalgamation of the Maryborough Region to Hervey Bay has failed . Rural and tourism towns are never going to gel. Neighbouring rural towns Gympie and Bundaberg are surging to prosperity while Maryborough is slowly dying. Our Councillors are unable to represent the people because of the large areas they have to cover.
Your petitioners therefore request the House to De-amalgamate Maryborough Region from Fraser Coast Regional Council to Maryborough Regional Council and Hervey Bay Council, run as two separate entities.

Principal petitioner: Clifford Thomas 82 John St., Maryborough 4650

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