Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AF­TER a fever­ish cam­paign, former Liv­ing­stone shire res­i­dents gave the nod for de-amal­ga­ma­tion from Rockhampton Re­gional Coun­cil.

Liv­ing­stone and Rockhampton City Coun­cil were both de­scribed as fi­nan­cially ‘‘mod­er­ate’’ be­fore amal­ga­ma­tion in 2008 while Mount Mor­gan and Fitzroy Shire were rated as very weak and weak.

With Liv­ing­stone now to split from the other three, the bal­ance ap­pears set to weigh in Liv­ing­stone’s favour.

With 30 per cent of coun­cil’s work­force to head to Liv­ing­stone, Mayor Mar­garet Strelow said they would use the ma­jor re­struc­ture to build a more ‘‘pro­gres­sive and ag­gres­sive’’ at­ti­tude.

Cr Bill Lud­wig has in­di­cated he hopes to change Liv­ing­stone’s name to Capricorn Coast Re­gional Coun­cil if he is elected as mayor of the new coun­cil.

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