Ex-mayor maintains push to go it alone
FORMER Isis Shire Mayor Bill Trevor has not lost hope he will be able to get the State Government's decision on a de-amalgamation referendum for the shire changed.
Local Government Minister David Crisafulli announced in December last year he had turned down an application to allow the shire to vote on whether to de-amalgamate from Bundaberg.
But Mr Trevor has consistently refused to admit defeat.
Yesterday he said he was waiting to be notified of a date for a meeting he had requested with Mr Crisafulli.
"We hope to find out when the meeting will be in the next day or so," he said.
Mr Trevor said he would tell Mr Crisafulli about the community's disappointment at his decision. He also would be talking about some of the issues raised by the Queensland Treasury Commission in a report that influenced Mr Crisafulli's decision.
Mr Trevor has said before he does not agree with the figures showing the cost of de-amalgamation. He claims the figures were above what the Isis De-amalgamation Committee estimated.
But Mr Trevor said he was unsure if he would be able to change Mr Crisafulli's mind on the referendum at this stage.
"But you can never say never," he said.
Mr Trevor said there were a lot of people in the Isis Shire who were still unhappy at Mr Crisafulli's decision.
"The community has asked us to have a talk with the minister," he said.
Mr Trevor said there were a lot of reasons behind the community's disappointment.
"If you look at the whole scenario, service levels are down in the Isis (since amalgamation) - there's nothing happening in the outlying areas."
Mr Trevor pointed to the example of amalgamations in Victoria, where he said some regional areas were amalgamated with city councils.
"There's no one there who makes decisions on things in the outlying areas, and there's no leadership in the outlying areas," he said.