Former MP Lawrence Springborg speaks about his new de-amalgamation committee role:
THE next phase in the de-amalgamation process is under way with the appointment of a specialist consultant.
The Granite Belt Community Association announced 40-year local government veteran David Spearritt as the man to tackle the road ahead.
“We are pleased to announce that we have engaged the services of Orion Consulting Network, represented by Mr David Spearritt to assist us with the preparation of the business case and financial feasibility of de-amalgamation,” GBCA president Rev Alan Colyer said
. “Mr Spearritt has over 40 years of experience in local government, including 15 years as a senior executive in the Brisbane City Council, six years as a Deputy Local Government Commissioner & Director of Financial Review and more recently 22 years as a highly regarded independent consultant on local government matters.
“He has provided professional advice to 33 of the 77 local councils in Queensland, including the Southern Downs, Goondiwindi, Scenic Rim and Toowoomba Regional Councils.”
Mr Spearritt’s nous was also called upon during the successful de-amalgamation reviews involving Noosa, Mareeba and Livingstone councils.
“He is highly regarded throughout local government in Queensland and was at the very top of our list of preferred consultants,” Rev Colyer said.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have secured the services of a consultant of this calibre. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Queensland.
“His skills and experience will be invaluable in assisting the GBCA to produce a sound and robust financial analysis and business case for the de-amalgamation proposal.”
Rev Colyer said the initiative was gaining momentum with appointment of Lawrence Springborg as Project Steering Committee chairman and now Mr Spearritt’s engagement.
“Community support is now vital through this next stage and financial and other contributions are now urgently required to give this initiative the best possible chance of success,” Rev Colyer said.
GBCA needs to fundraise up to $80,000 to progress with the full business case.
“We are well on our way to raising the funds and donations of any amount, big or small are welcome,” he said.
“If everyone who attended the rally and signed the petition donated $15 we would be at our target.”
Donations can be made by direct deposit to Bendigo Bank or you can drop into Granite Belt Cleaning and Hospitality or Maddies Gift Gallery.
“Even with the help of a consultant, there is no guarantee of success, that is up to the government.” Rev Colyer said.
He is highly regarded throughout local government in Queensland and was at the very top of our list.
— GBCA president Rev Alan Colyer