I WOULD like to respond to Mayor Tracy Dobie’s comments on the Stanthorpe Border Post’s website regarding de-amalgamation and the Granite Belt Community Association.
We have had previous meeting with the mayor and councillors, as have a number of our members.
At a meeting of the association last year our group was instructed by its members to not meet with the mayor and councillors as they believed it to be unproductive and a waste of time.
The mayor attended this meeting and is noted in our minutes.
De-amalgamation was discussed and it was resolved by our members that we investigate the possibility of de-amalgamation.
The mayor made comments regarding de-amalgamation and there was lengthy discussion.
So I find her comments in the article confusing.
As for the comments regarding Stanthorpe’s small ratepayers base, the previous shire council managed the finances so that there were significant reserves and only a small debt. This was achieved on a smaller amount of income as rates collected then were significantly less than they are now.
Our association has been diligently researching de-amalgamation, however we are not prepared to release our research until it is all verified so that we cannot be accused of misinforming the community.
De-amalgamation is possible if the community wants it – it’s time to "Turn up or Put up". — Rev Alan Colyer, president, Granite Belt Community Association