Preparing to present their submission are (from left) Glen Elmes, Judy Ditter, Bruce Davidson, Kate Gardiner, Paul Summers, Noel Playford.
Preparing to present their submission are (from left) Glen Elmes, Judy Ditter, Bruce Davidson, Kate Gardiner, Paul Summers, Noel Playford. Geoff Potter

Bid in for scrutiny

LOCAL Government Minister David Crisafulli said the de-amalgamation submission process was critical to let communities have their say on the 2008 forced amalgamations.

"We have urged communities to put forward submissions based on what's in their best interests now and in the future, and not just to try and right a wrong from the past," Mr Crisafulli said.

He will now assess each proposal on its merits before deciding which will progress to Boundaries Commissioner Col Meng and Queensland Treasury Corp for analysis.

"There has been some criticism that we have made the process too onerous, but this is a serious business and it's our responsibility to make sure communities know all the potential costs involved."

Mr Crisafulli said the community needed to provide a strong, evidence-based community-backed submission based on the pre-amalgamation local government boundaries. A detailed estimate of the potential financial costs was also required.

"It needs to map out a clear path for the future."

If the minister refers a proposal to the commissioner, Mr Meng will provide a report including recommendations to the minister by November 28.


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