‘Borg back in the game

Spring­borg to head up com­mit­tee

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Matthew Pur­cell Matthew.Pur­cell@bor­der­post.com.au

FOL­LOW­ING a short stint out of the lime­light, for­mer state MP Lawrence Spring­borg has been drafted back in for a new po­lit­i­cal chal­lenge.

The for­mer South­ern Downs mem­ber and state op­po­si­tion leader said while he has cer­tain feel­ings about how amal­ga­ma­tion came about, he would re­main neu­tral and fo­cus on facts.

“I re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion to chair the project steer­ing com­mit­tee for de-amal­ga­ma­tion for the Gran­ite Belt Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion,” Mr Spring­borg said.

“I gave it a fair bit of con­sid­er­a­tion. I felt that given the significance of this is­sue and that it’s been go­ing on for so long and there’s ob­vi­ously a lot of sen­ti­ment within the com­mu­nity, that this mat­ter be looked at and dealt with once and for all, so I ac­cepted the in­vi­ta­tion.

“I do have a view that this brings it to a con­clu­sion one way or the other once and for all. The pro­viso on me tak­ing on this role is that it be a re­spect­ful process and that we have a process where we can get ev­ery­one to re­spect the out­come.

“We can all have our own opin­ions but when it comes to this we are not en­ti­tled to our own facts,” he said.

Mr Spring­borg has never shied away from his amal­ga­ma­tion opin­ion, once march­ing on Par­lia­ment House in Bris­bane to protest the de­ci­sion.

“One thing I don’t agree with – that’s the way th­ese two com­mu­ni­ties were forced to­gether against their will,” he said.

“It should never ever have hap­pened. But if this doesn’t stack up on all the ev­i­dence then that’s it.”

While he has been ap­pointed to a role that will help shape the fu­ture of the re­gion, he him­self re­sides in the Goondi­windi LGA.

“I don’t come with any axe to grind on this but my role is to be neu­tral, not steer it one way or the other,” he said.

“I just feel that the whole at­mos­phere and en­vi­ron­ment of South­ern Downs cour­ses through my veins. I just feel so con­nected to it.

“I’ve re­tired my­self to the re­al­ity of my farm. It took some en­cour­age­ment for me to do this and re­ally, at the end of the day, I just felt I needed to make this con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity to bring it to an end one way or the other.

“This is the last shot in the locker,” he said.

PHOTO: FILE

NEW ROLE: For­mer South­ern Downs MP Lawrence Spring­borg and South­ern Downs Mayor Tracy Do­bie. Mr Spring­borg has spo­ken about his role in the de-amal­ga­ma­tion push go­ing for­ward.

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