Ballot on forced council amalgamations closes Friday

10th December 2007Queenslanders outside the South-East affected by forced council
amalgamations have till Friday (December 14) to have their say, the
State Coalition said today.

Shadow Local Government Minister Howard Hobbs said while the ballot for
the six urban Councils (Caboolture, Caloundra, Pine Rivers, Gold Coast,
Noosa and Redcliffe) closed last Friday, residents in every other
affected area had till December 14.

“Every resident who is concerned about Labor’s destruction of their
local community needs to get their ballot paper in by Friday and
encourage all their neighbours and friends to do the same,” Mr Hobbs

“If the overwhelming majority of residents vote NO to forced
amalgamations the Bligh government will have to listen and so too will
Kevin Rudd who made it plain he was opposed to forced mergers in the
run-up to the Federal election.”

Mr Hobbs all residents in affected council areas were eligible to vote
and should have received ballot papers in the mail.

“Anyone who hasn’t received their ballot paper should immediately phone
the Australian Electoral Commission’s Plebiscite Enquiry Centre on 1300
302 117 or email:

Media contact: Howard Hobbs 46 22 88 88