De-merger business case released

Lawrence Springborg.

The Granite Belt Community Association (GBCA) says it is pleased to announce the business case for “A New Granite Belt Council” will be available for viewing by the public on the association’s website from 9am today, Friday 21 December.

Chairman of the De-amalgamation Project Steering Committee Lawrence Springborg said he felt it was “important that I undertake the role of Chairman of the Granite Belt Community Association’s de-amalgamation sub-committee and thank them for extending me the opportunity.”

“I would like to acknowledge their professionalism and diligence in the task undertaken to consider this issue on behalf of the community,” Mr Springborg said.

“The Southern Downs Regional Council through Mayor Tracy Dobie, Councillors, CEO David Keenan and his staff also deserve our appreciation for the open, cooperative and professional way that they have approached and supported our committees work.

“They have provided virtually all the information sought in a timely and open way.

“This was not always easy for them as they were busy attending to their statutory obligations for external audit requirements during that time.”

Mr Springborg acknowledged the community’s past support of him, which has always been most gracious and supportive of him in his role as their local member over 28 years and felt that the question of the feasibility of re-establishing two viable local council areas had to be resolved once and for all.

“The community’s desire to answer this question has led to a very professional evaluation, supported by the Minister for Local Government Stirling Hinchliffe and his office, who have been of great assistance and encouragement and deserve our recognition and thanks,” the former MP said.

“This report is based on the advice and analysis of highly-respected local government expert and consultant David Spearritt and concludes that it is feasible to recreate two viable and functioning councils.

“This lingering question has finally been answered.

“It is now up to the Minister for Local Government, the council and the community to decide the next steps.

“This report is a fine example of community determination, perseverance, cooperation and respect.

“I encourage that cooperation and respect to continue, as it is critical to concluding a proper consideration of this report and its outcomes.”

• To view the report visit www.granitebeltcommunity.com

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