Leave Livingstone Alone - Vote No!

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The Queensland Electoral Commission’s community survey on the external boundary change closed at 5pm on 4 July 2022. Thank you to everyone for the responsible approach taken to participate in the Leave Livingstone Alone campaign.

We now await the survey participation rates and results by ECQ that are due in early August.

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Removal of the northern suburbs of Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview will have diabolical financial impacts on our way of life and prosperity. It creates strong precedence for further ‘attempts’ not only to our shire but other local governments across the state.

The proud Shire of Livingstone was

The Queensland Electoral Commission’s community survey on the external boundary change closed at 5pm on 4 July 2022. Thank you to everyone for the responsible approach taken to participate in the Leave Livingstone Alone campaign.

We now await the survey participation rates and results by ECQ that are due in early August.

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Removal of the northern suburbs of Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview will have diabolical financial impacts on our way of life and prosperity. It creates strong precedence for further ‘attempts’ not only to our shire but other local governments across the state.

The proud Shire of Livingstone was established in 1903. Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview have never belonged to Rockhampton.

The Queensland Government’s financial analysis tells us that for every property, rates will need to rise between $161 and $250 annually to fund the boundary change alone.

Our ratepayers are already burdened by some of the highest rates in Queensland due to the unfair financial impacts imposed at de-amalgamation in 2014.

The Rockhampton Mayor says a boundary change is fairer for all. It’s not. It only advantages Rockhampton. It’s certainly not fairer for our residents who are going to experience the financial impost of this blatant land grab.

We are currently experiencing strong population and investment growth and strategic confidence is needed to strengthen the foundation of our shire. We must be able to establish and properly maintain amenities and services that match community and statutory expectations. The capacity to do this will be seriously undermined by the transfer of these suburbs.

We value all areas of the shire equally and we have a stronger economic future together. Themes contained in our Community Plan:Towards 2050 align to Liveable, Natural, Leading and Future Livingstone – all 11,758 square kilometres!

Implications are for current and future generations - VOTE NO - Leave Livingstone Alone!


  • 29 June - Letter confirms boundary change is against government policy

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    Livingstone Shire Mayor Andy Ireland says he’s perplexed at the Queensland Government’s decision to proceed with the northern suburbs boundary review, given it is contrary to government policy.

    People enrolled to vote in Livingstone and Rockhampton are currently being mailed a voluntary survey by the Local Government Change Commission to ask whether they support Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview being transferred to Rockhampton Regional Council.

    Mayor Andy Ireland has today publicly released a letter from the then Minister for Local Government in August 2020, which outlines the government’s policy.

    “The letter clearly states: ‘The Queensland Government’s policy for significant Local Government boundary changes requires that the affected Local Governments support the change and that the affected communities also support the proposed change’,” Mayor Ireland said.

    “Livingstone Shire Council is vehemently against this ridiculous proposal and has made this extremely clear to the State Government on many occasions.

    “Therefore, to allow a boundary change is contrary to the government’s own policy and will put significant financial stress onto our residents if it were to be approved. The Queensland Treasury Corporation’s own figures show that our ratepayers will be $161-$250 worse off if this boundary change goes ahead.

    “Rockhampton’s attempt to tear Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview from Livingstone compromises the financial sustainability of our Shire and the State Government should not be entertaining the proposal.”

  • 23 June - Fears government funding could be slashed if boundary review goes ahead

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    Important community services in Livingstone could be scaled back or cut, if the northern suburbs boundary change goes ahead.

    The Local Government Change Commission is currently investigating transferring the suburbs of Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview to Rockhampton Regional Council despite much protest from Livingstone Shire Council.

    Councillor Pat Eastwood, Portfolio Holder of Healthy and Inclusive Community, said if the proposal was to go ahead, Council would have to increase rates or reduce services to cover the costs.

    “Our level of government grants and assistance is also at risk if the boundary change goes ahead,” Cr Eastwood said.

    “Council receives annual funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments, based on our population, for many vital community programs and services such as our libraries.

    “That financial support could very well be reduced if Livingstone’s population takes a hit with the loss of these three suburbs to Rockhampton.

    “Council provides so much more to the community than roads, water and waste services and it would be a shame to see our community lose any arts, culture, community, sports or educational programmes if government funding is reduced due to a lower population.”

    Councillor Rhodes Watson, Portfolio Holder of Vibrant Community, said Council would have difficult decisions to make if it were forced to reduce services.

    “Council sponsors and hosts a wide range of events which help put our community on the map, boost tourism and support the local economy.

    “We provide funding to local community and sporting organisations for important projects that help meet community needs.

    “We hold educational programmes and activities to encourage sustainability, promote the environment and disaster resilience.

    “We upgrade parks, bikeways, walking trails and install new recreational equipment to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

    “All of these services and more are under threat if a boundary change is approved.

    “If we have a smaller population, we are likely to get less money from the State and Federal Governments which we rely heavily on to help us provide the facilities and services this wonderful community expects and deserves.”

  • 22 June - Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview are where they’ve always belonged

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    Livingstone Shire Councillor Andrea Friend is calling on Livingstone and Rockhampton residents to remember that the ‘northern suburbs’ have always belonged to Livingstone Shire and should remain a part of its rich history for years to come.

    Cr Friend said that the three localities of Glendale, Glenlee and Rockyview have been part of Livingstone Shire since its inception in 1903, except during amalgamation of LSC and RRC from 2008 to 2014.

    “Prior to de-amalgamation, the then Minister for Local Government, confirmed that the pre-amalgamation boundaries would remain, and rightfully so. Their connection is with Livingstone Shire,” Cr Friend said.

    “When the grazing land in these areas was developed in the mid-1980s, it was LSC that supported the larger lot lifestyle for its residents. The larger lot lifestyle that offers privacy, kerbside appeal, nature, room to expand, space for the kids to play, and favourable resale values.

    “Livingstone Shire has many similar rural residential localities, just like the northern suburbs, that define our shire.

    “Whilst Council acknowledges that a percentage of local residents may support a boundary change, there’s no doubt that it will have significant consequences, which is why the ‘communities of interest’ in this unnecessary debate encompasses all of Livingstone Shire.

    “The Queensland Government’s financial analysis tells us that for every property, rates will need to rise somewhere between $161 and $250 annually to fund the boundary change.

    “It’s tragic to see that this land grab is causing a division between LSC, RRC and its people. A more collaborative regional approach better serves the residents of both councils now and into the future.

    “This week, enrolled voters in Livingstone and Rockhampton will receive a voluntary survey in the post from the Electoral Commission Queensland asking whether you support the proposed boundary change. Impacts are for all ratepayers and residents, not just those in the three localities.

    “Livingstone deserves a strong future!

    “Please VOTE NO to protect Livingstone’s way of life, today and for future generations.”

  • 16 June - Mayor Ireland encourages all LSC enrolled voters

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    Mayor Andy Ireland is strongly encouraging all residents to participate and ‘Vote No’ in the upcoming boundary change survey.

    Starting next week all enrolled voters will receive a survey in the mail from the Electoral Commission Queensland asking if they support the boundary change.

    Mayor Ireland said that even though you may not live in the suburbs of Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview, the outcome of this survey will affect you and it is vital that all residents take part in the survey.

    “All residents within the Livingstone Shire Council will feel the repercussions through reduced services, increase of rental costs for those renting and significantly increased rates for homeowners.

    “The implications of this proposed boundary change are for current and future generations and will have a diabolical effect on the Livingstone Shire.

    “We are strongly urging everyone in the community to vote no and send the message to leave Livingstone alone!”

  • 14 June Media Statement - Public submissions open

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    Please attribute to Livingstone Shire Mayor Andy Ireland:

    Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Andy Ireland is strongly encouraging all residents of Livingstone Shire to consider lodging a public submission with the Electoral Commission Queensland and share their thoughts on the proposed boundary change and pending vote.

    “This boundary change will have diabolical financial impacts to Livingstone Shire,” Mayor Ireland said.

    The Electoral Commission Queensland has advised that written submissions are now invited and close on 5pm Monday 4 July 2022. Submitters are encouraged to provide relevant supporting information on matters such as:

    • communities of interest considerations

    • joint arrangements in conjunction with, or instead of a change to external boundaries

    • planning and development considerations, and

    • resource base sufficiency.

    You can visit the ECQ website for more information.

    “We are strongly urging everyone in the community to voice their opinion and to leave Livingstone alone!”

  • 9 June - Media Statement on campaign funding

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    Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Andy Ireland has responded angrily to claims by Rockhampton Councillor Donna Kirkland that his council is understating the cost of its Leave Livingstone Alone! campaign.

    “Quite frankly, I’d prefer that we didn’t have to spend a cent, but Rocky is insistent so we will defend our territory against their land grab. Unfortunately, that costs money,” said Mayor Ireland.

    In responding to the claims Mayor Ireland pointed to the report at Council’s Special Meeting on 31 May 2022 making it clear that the bulk of the campaign work was being done in-house by staff and that funding a “modest marketing campaign” was estimated to cost $10,000. An additional $2,750 was recently paid to a consultant to review the council’s submission to the Electoral Commission.

    “If Rocky insists that the process continue, we’d like to be able to match their campaign budget but we just can’t afford that.”

    “If Cr Kirkland is so concerned about the waste of public funds on this needless exercise, why doesn’t she just convince her council to call the whole thing off?”

  • 7 June - Media Statement

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    Livingstone Shire Mayor Andy Ireland:

    “Livingstone Shire Council has written to the Deputy Premier this morning to confirm it does not support further consideration of a boundary change with Rockhampton Regional Council.

    “Our position remains unchanged. The transfer of Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview is irresponsible, contrary to current government policy and completely unnecessary.

    “The Queensland Treasury Corporation has confirmed the proposed change will be significantly damaging to Livingstone’s future financial position.

    “It is highly unlikely that Rockhampton and Livingstone will reach any form of voluntary agreement about boundary changes and, consistent with government policy, that inability to reach agreement should be sufficient to end this process.

    “I implore the Deputy Premier to put an end to this review at the earliest opportunity.

  • 7 June 2022 - Northern suburbs: Do you trust Rockhampton Regional Council to do what they say they will?

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    Livingstone Shire Mayor Andy Ireland and fellow Councillors will hold a community catch-up in Glendale this Saturday to meet face-to-face with residents impacted by the proposed northern suburbs boundary change.

    Mayor Ireland said it was an important opportunity for residents to come and ask questions and receive Council’s feedback before they are asked to vote on the issue by the Electoral Commission Queensland.

    “I understand and appreciate there are residents in these affected suburbs who want to be transferred to Rockhampton Regional Council due to their proximity and promise of cheaper rates,” Mayor Ireland said.

    “But I pose a question to those in favour of the move. Do you trust Rockhampton Regional Council to do what they say they will in terms of service, future development, and lifestyle?

    “Residents choose to live in these suburbs because they seek a larger lot, more of a rural lifestyle and they are not necessarily pursuing a coastal location.

    “This was facilitated by Livingstone Shire Council’s planning scheme which allows for rural, residential larger lot living.

    “Around 2016, when LSC submitted its revised planning scheme for consultation and approval, RRC objected to the fact that larger lot subdivisions were to be permitted.

    “Fast forward to now and I wonder whether RRC’s attitude has changed. I’m confident it hasn’t.

    “If not, under RRC control, the rural residential lifestyle within these areas may well be threatened by neighbouring smaller lot subdivisions designed to optimise revenue.

    “Your small acreage lots will be surrounded by smaller lot subdivisions – something LSC is not contemplating going forward.

    “This Council values all areas of the shire equally and together we have a stronger economic future.

    “When you get your ballot in the mail soon, please ‘vote no’ to protect your lifestyle.”

    The ‘Resident Reach Catch-Up’ is scheduled for 9-11am at Sondra Lena Park in Glendale this Saturday 11 June.

  • 6 June 2022 - Rockhampton makes “completely disingenuous” compensation offer in attempt to poach northern suburbs

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    Rockhampton Regional Council has made a “completely disingenuous” compensation offer in its attempts to poach three Livingstone suburbs, according to Mayor Andy Ireland.

    Mayor Ireland said the Rockhampton Mayor frequently comments in the media about a compensation offer to acquire Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview and all stakeholders should be made aware of its nature.

    “Without categorically stating it, the implication could be drawn that Livingstone Shire Council is somehow being uncooperative, and perhaps belligerent,” he said.

    “RRC offered to pay LSC 50% of the rates for the three suburbs for the next ten years.

    “Why would we accept 50% of the rates, when we could continue to receive 100%?

    “RRC said it would write to the Queensland Treasury Corporation to have $10 million of LSC’s debt waived.

    “This is like your neighbour promising to talk to your bank about getting a discount off your mortgage.

    “This is mind boggling in its naivety, as this is not their debt to wipe in the first place.

    “It doesn’t stack up in a commercial sense, and the QTC component is simply astounding.

    “LSC considers it a completely disingenuous offer and rejected it out of hand.

    “There is no disputing that Livingstone residents will be financially worse off if the suburbs are transferred.

    “The QTC’s own report estimates our rates could rise between $161 to $250 per property, per annum – or alternatively, services would need to be reduced.

    “I fail to see how this is “the fairest thing for everybody”, to paraphrase RRC’s slogan.

    “Livingstone hasn’t made up these figures to scare people.

    “The same report also clearly states that the transfer would have a ‘negative impact’ on our financial profile and a positive impact on RRC.

    “We’re strongly urging every enrolled voter in the community to ‘vote no’ to the boundary change when they receive their ballot in the mail from the Electoral Commission Queensland from June 20.

    “The people of Livingstone should not be financially disadvantaged over a blatant land grab by our neighbour.”

  • 30 May 2022 Leave Livingstone Alone! VOTE NO to northern suburbs boundary change

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    Do you want to pay an extra $161 to $250 on your rates each year? Then VOTE NO to the proposed northern suburbs boundary change!

    That’s the message from Livingstone Shire Councillors and Mayor Andy Ireland who are leading the fight to keep the suburbs of Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview within the shire.

    Mayor Andy Ireland, Councillors and Livingstone residents officially launched the ‘Leave Livingstone Alone’ campaign outside of Rockhampton Regional Council’s City Hall this morning.

    “This boundary change will have diabolical financial impacts to Livingstone Shire,” he said.

    “The State Government’s own financial analysis tells us Livingstone ratepayers will be $161 to $250 worse off each year, if the move is given the green light.

    “Historically, the northern suburbs have always been a part of Livingstone Shire Council, except for the period of amalgamation, and don’t belong to Rockhampton.

    “This is a total and utter land grab that will have dire consequences for our community.

    “The Rockhampton Mayor is saying a boundary change is better and fairer for all. It’s not. It only advantages Rockhampton. It’s certainly not fairer for our people who are going to experience the financial impost of any change that happens.

    “You don’t take what rightly belongs to your neighbour to ensure that you prosper. And where does it end? Which suburbs of ours will Rockhampton target next? I’m extremely concerned about the precedent this will set if the boundary change goes ahead.

    “There must be a boundary somewhere. Residents live, work and play across multiple local government boundaries across Australia.

    “You don’t see Brisbane City Council trying to poach suburbs from Logan because their residents might work in Brisbane.

    “Council values all areas of the shire equally and we will have a stronger economic future together.

    “The Electoral Commission Queensland will post a survey to everyone enrolled to vote in the next few weeks asking if you support the boundary change.

    “We are strongly urging everyone in the community to vote no and send the message to leave Livingstone alone!”

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