The num­bers do count

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS YOUR SAY - — S Brown, War­wick

IN Au­gust last year there was a pub­lic meet­ing at Stan­thorpe’s Sul­li­van Oval where 200 peo­ple passed a vote of no con­fi­dence in the South­ern Downs CEO and mayor.

In her TV in­ter­view straight af­ter the meet­ing the mayor fa­mously said “I don’t know what it means”.

A week af­ter the meet­ing she wrote to the meet­ing or­gan­is­ers say­ing at­ten­dees only rep­re­sented 0.8% of ratepay­ers and 0.4% of res­i­dents and, as such, didn’t rep­re­sent the “whole com­mu­nity”.

Oh dear, madame mayor, what a mis­judge­ment. If 20,000 peo­ple ral­lied in King Ge­orge Square would the Pre­mier dis­miss it as just 0.4% of Queens­land res­i­dents?

Those 200 peo­ple were the van­guard and coun­cil should have lis­tened to their con­cerns and built some bridges.

In May 2018 some 6000-plus peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion to sup­port de-amal­ga­ma­tion.

I didn’t see any re­ports from the mayor say­ing this was just 17% of res­i­dents.

When peo­ple ral­lied at CF White Oval to sup­port de-amal­ga­ma­tion, I didn’t see re­ports say­ing this was just 3.5% of res­i­dents.

When the Gran­ite Belt Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion raised more than $62,000 to do a pro­fes­sional study into de-amal­ga­ma­tion I didn’t hear any­one from coun­cil com­ment­ing that it was nearly $2 from ev­ery res­i­dent or $4 from ev­ery ratepayer in the South­ern Downs.

In all like­li­hood, the money was prob­a­bly drawn from just the one-third of the pop­u­la­tion which lives south of the rab­bit fence, so more like $6 and $12 a per­son. Num­bers mat­ter. Es­pe­cially for politi­cians. The State Gov­ern­ment has read the wa­ter cor­rectly and is tak­ing de-amal­ga­ma­tion se­ri­ously.

Will the news­pa­per can­vass coun­cil­lors for their thoughts? Be­cause the si­lence is deaf­en­ing.

Will the mayor’s legacy be a split shire?

Will we re­mem­ber Mayor Do­bie as the mayor who lost Stan­thorpe?

PHOTO: COOPER WREN

Aerial shots of a pub­lic de-amal­ga­ma­tion rally ear­lier in the year.

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