What are the chances of the Toowoomba region de-amalgamating?
What are the chances of the Toowoomba region de-amalgamating? Bev Lacey

What's the chance of Toowoomba council de-amalgamating?

ONE of the architects behind a plan to create a new rural council out of the western Toowoomba region doesn't hold much hope for a review on the issue.

Former Clifton mayor Ian Jones' comments come after thousands of Stanthorpe residents this week forced Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie to reconsider de-amalgamation from Warwick.

As chairman of the proposed Darling Downs Shire steering committee, Mr Jones watched a proposal to review the current boundaries crushed by then Local Government Minister David Crisafulli in 2012.

He said Cr Dobie had been forced to acknowledge the issue because of the weight of numbers, something he said the western communities didn't have.

"She's saying she's dead against it, but the residents are angry and she has to listen," he said.

"We had a council who at election time promised to organise a review, and soon as they are elected they put it on the backburner.

"We've asked for a boundary review, and to let the change commissioner make up his mind about where the boundaries should be."

 

 

The original plan was not to return the original local governments as one super-shire, but to redraw new boundaries based on an independent review.

But Mr Jones said rural communities lacked the strength of numbers to mount a political threat.

"The councillors know there are no votes in the country," he said.

Mayor Paul Antonio, who was a strong opponent to amalgamation back in 2008, said in March it would be hard to see a de-merger happen.

"I really think it's latter days now - I think we're stranded," he said.

"Once an egg has been scrambled it's pretty hard to get it back in the shell."



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