Devolution referendum finds support from Tableland Regional Council
The proof of support for a referendum on devolution from the Tableland Regional Council was now clear, former Mareeba Shire mayor Mick Borzi said yesterday.
More than 600 people packed into Mareeba's International Club to discuss a range of issues affecting the town. "We called for a vote for a referendum to de-amalgamate," Mr Borzi said. "There was only one vote against."
Mr Borzi said there might have been two or three abstentions but essentially the voting was 600 to one. He said before Mareeba Shire amalgamated with Atherton, Herberton and Eacham shires four years ago, a poll showed 86 per cent of locals opposed the move.
Mr Borzi said people outlined "frustrations" including developers having to wait long to progress projects and people having communication difficulties. "I will now write to the heads of the political parties and to the Government telling them about the meeting and the outcome and see what happens," Mr Borzi said.
He said it would be a "very courageous" Government that rejected outright a call for a request for a vote on de-amalgamation. Mr Borzi said the cost of de-amalgamating would be $2.3 million, but he expected the Government to pay. "It was forced upon us by the State Government so the people should not have to pay for it…the Government should," he said.
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