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.’’