For­mer MP Lawrence Spring­borg speaks about his new de-amal­ga­ma­tion com­mit­tee role:

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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

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