Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

MA­REEBA de­cided to break away from Table­lands Re­gional Coun­cil and re­gain the con­trol and at­tempt to make them­selves ‘‘the eco­nomic pow­er­house’’ of the re­gion.

The ma­jor­ity of Ma­reeba res­i­dents be­lieved the com­mu­nity had suf­fered since the forced amal­ga­ma­tion in 2008 but vot­ers in other ar­eas such as Ku­randa over­whelm­ingly voted to re­main part of the TRC.

Former mayor Mick Borzi said it was a great day for democ­racy af­ter ‘‘a long and spite­ful cam­paign which fur­ther split the Table­land com­mu­ni­ties of Ather­ton, Ku­randa and Ma­reeba’’.

The fight for the spoils of bat­tle be­tween the TRC and Ma­reeba is about to be­gin with ac­cu­sa­tions of who contributed what at amal­ga­ma­tion time al­ready re­ver­ber­at­ing around the shires.

Table­lands Re­gional Counil Mayor Rosa Lee Long was non­plussed at the re­sult, say­ing: ‘‘We will be really pleased to see Ma­reeba go.’’

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