DEAMALGAMATION might be a hot issue right now in the Douglas region but Cairns Regional Council has taken a cold stance and not allocated any money in the event it occurs in this year’s budget.
Mayor Bob Manning said the council is waiting for the boundaries commissioner to present his report.
“Once the report is received it will be determined if this goes to the next phase and there is no money specifically allocated for that,” he said.
“If the next step is taken and the Government indicated deamalgamation will occur this council will operate with the Government and the former Douglas Shire to give effect to this decision.”
Local Government minister David Crisafulli has written into the Gazette and said the region should try to make amalgamation work because “the social and financial cost to deamalgamate could be even worse”.
“It would be irresponsible to allow communities to deamalgamate on a whim, only to have people revolt months later at the prospect of higher rates to pay for it,” he said.