Given how badly the first two attempts at discussing the region's divisions went, is there really any excuse not to give it a third go - and actually pay attention this time?
Given how badly the first two attempts at discussing the region's divisions went, is there really any excuse not to give it a third go - and actually pay attention this time? KarpenkovDenis

Time for council boundary choice to get undivided attention

IT'S generally a good idea to give controversial ideas a second look.

It can keep you from sleeping on the couch, which is how the region's rural residents' relationship with the council seems to have gone.

In short, they feel like they've been given the cold shoulder; a Cinderella whose fairy got drunk and forgot to show up and is now relegated to watching from the sidelines in a beloved but well-worn shawl while the cool city kids party in flash new clothes.

When it comes to council issues like roads, it seems some of the Gympie region's outskirts wish they could feel this good.
When it comes to council issues like roads, it seems some of the Gympie region's outskirts wish they could feel this good.

Mayor Mick Curran understandably refutes this, pointing to the council's work upgrading bridges and sealing roads as evidence that rural areas get their fair share.

It doesn't cancel out the phone calls, letters and comments from rural residents saying otherwise, though.

We don't know if rejigging or removing divisions would fix this. But it's worth a look.

In 2008, it seems there wasn't time to choose. Undivided was the easy answer.

Slicing the electoral pie into eight has not unified the region, with the public appearing to have buyer's remorse.
Slicing the electoral pie into eight has not unified the region, with the public appearing to have buyer's remorse. JILL CHEN

The council had time in 2010 and 2011, but bungled it in new and interesting ways and forced the state to step in.

Interestingly, in 2011 the council didn't want change and voters did. Fast forward to 2018, and that's flipped.

Perhaps it's time to learn if we can prove the Rolling Stones wrong and get what we want.

And maybe finally bring the council in off the couch.

Gympie Times


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