Com­ments con­fus­ing

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | YOUR SAY -

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

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