War­wick want ‘rid’ of south

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

WAR­WICK res­i­dents have be­gun talk­ing up the prospect of de-amal­ga­ma­tion, with some see­ing Stan­thorpe as a waste of their ratepayer dol­lars.

Ac­cord­ing to South­ern Downs Res­i­dent Ac­tion Group sec­re­tary An­drew Gale, the split would un­likely have a heavy im­pact on War­wick.

“The power base has al­ways seemed to be in War­wick,” Mr Gale said.

“When we had the amal­ga­ma­tion of Rosen­thal, Kil­lar­ney and so on

War­wick still re­mained the power base.

“That’s tra­di­tion­ally what hap­pens, smaller cen­tres get gob­bled up by the larger cen­tres.”

He said a num­ber of peo­ple have ex­pressed they would pre­fer not be as­so­ci­ated with Stan­thorpe.

“I’ve asked some prominent busi­ness peo­ple how do we fix the prob­lems in War­wick and im­me­di­ately they say ‘get rid of Stan­thorpe’.”

Mr Gale said he strongly be­lieved any costs as­so­ci­ated with de-amal­ga­ma­tion should be barred by the State Govern­ment.

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