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The Good and the Not So Good. The Good - 1995  166 Councils reduced to 157  All ‘donut’ situations Gold Coast Warwick Bundaberg Gympie Ipswich Cairns.

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1 The Good and the Not So Good

2 The Good - 1995  166 Councils reduced to 157  All ‘donut’ situations Gold Coast Warwick Bundaberg Gympie Ipswich Cairns Mackay  Others were also considered (ie Maryborough)  Extensive consultation was involved

3 The Good – 1995 Aftermath  Of those surveyed community members who expressed an opinion, 75% believed service delivery had improved  Only 7% indicated a desire to revert back to the original boundaries

4 The Not So Good – 2008  157 Councils reduced to 73  Main apparent basis for action was lack of financial sustainability  Lack of detailed consultation

5 The Not So Good – 2008 Aftermath  Overt public opposition  Formation of groups such as the QLGRA  De-amalgamation and continuing unrest

6 Qld Local Government Reform Alliance “Return to community acceptable natural local government boundaries that reflect locally held beliefs about community and identity and provide local amenity and service”

7 Taroom Shire Council 1879 - 2008  18,644.5 square kilometres  Taroom township (680 people)  Council employed approx 75 people  The Leichardt Tree

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16 2008 - The Decision Made  Division 1 of Taroom Shire (including the township of Taroom) to be merged with Banana Shire Council  The remainder of Taroom Shire to be amalgamated with Western Downs Regional Council  57 Council staff to Banana, 15 to Western Downs  Banana Shire (centred 198 klms away) didn’t want Taroom  No significant natural barriers between the communities … Local Government Reform Commission

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20 No significant natural barriers between the communities….. Local Government Reform Commission

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22 Banana Shire Council 1879 - 2008

23 Banana Shire Council Est. 1879

24 Taroom 2009 - present


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