BOUNDARY QUESTIONS: Nicklin MP Peter Wellington.
BOUNDARY QUESTIONS: Nicklin MP Peter Wellington. Cade Mooney

MP Wellington says where do we draw the line on redraws?

DELAYS at accessing flood relief have parts of the hinterland raising questions about boundary changes with the Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington.

And with concerns about Gympie landholders getting priority flood relief over nearby neighbours in the Sunshine Coast Council still on his mind, the MP has asked Local Government Minister David Crisafulli about the boundary change process.

And Mr Wellington said part of the reason for his question during parliament was to do with the desire of the Eumundi Doonan and Verrierdale Group to join the soon-to-be de-amalgamated Noosa Council.

However, he said there was no formal lobby process under way in his electorate.

"Recently some community leaders raised with me the appropriateness of the current location of the local government boundary between the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and the adjoining Gympie council," Mr Wellington said in the House.

"What steps would the community have to take if there was a groundswell of support to change the location of the council boundary?"

The minister said the process for creating a change in boundaries existed through the change commissioner.

"What it needs is an application from that community, and consensus," Mr Crisafulli said.

"It needs to clearly be able to show there is some benefit for both areas.

"What the member is referring to is a more major shift. With that major shift will always come controversy, but the process exists which allows that to occur."

Mr Crisafulli said the most recent de-amalgamation voting processes was undertaken because the State Government did not want to "embark on another circus of dragging communities from one side of an imaginary line to another" without having a say.

"Right now what this state needs and what this beautiful level of government needs is some certainty to move forward," he said.

"The process does exist, but what this side of the house believes is that it has to be driven from the local community.

"There needs to clearly be benefit for that local area and there needs to be a common view that pushes forward," the minister said.


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