THEY say absence makes the heart grow fonder – one local group and its members would attest to that and, as the 10-year anniversary of amalgamation approaches, there’s a growing push within the community to abandon it and go back to the “good old days”.
GOOD luck. Please everyone put this in your calendar. We need the whole of Stanthorpe behind Alan and his team.
— Marion McCulloch
I WILL be attending and supporting! After the past 10 years the changes that have been forced on our community have sometimes been unjust, unethical and immoral. Whilst I was always against amalgamation in the first place, we can no longer wait to try and reverse this major calamity on our region.
— Michael Jensen
WE WILL be there. Ten years ago our rates were $900, they are now well over $2500. The roads have turned to putty and they don’t care one bit about our tourism. Time to give them the flick.
— Kris Kotzas
TEN years ago I marched on Parliament House singing, “We don’t need no amalgamation, we don’t need no state control, hey Peter leave our shire alone”. Well I can’t sing and I can’t march anymore and, while I would love to see this decision reversed, I feel we must accept what happened and fight the enemy with a different weapon.
— Jackie Salzke
THAT’S a fantastic idea. What about the money that we had?
— Byron Brooks
ONCE the split goes through, SDRC must return all Stanthorpe capital reserves it has used to pay off Warwick debts. As well as the identical plant and equipment it took from Stanthorpe and permanently relocated into Warwick. As well as all rate revenue from Stanthorpe not spent in Stanthorpe Shire.
— Mary Battye