Councils vow to work together for region
GLADSTONE City and Calliope Shire Councils combined efforts yesterday in the first meeting to discuss the recent conference on resource sharing.
The conference, attended by Gladstone and Calliope representatives, had an almost unanimous vote pass a motion that councils would investigate sharing resources in the future.
The possibility of amalgamation between Calliope and Gladstone was one aspect of the motion.
While there was no mention of amalgamation from yesterday's meeting, both councils voted unanimously to work together for the benefit of the local community.
One issue that falls into this integrated process is that of water, with recent findings from a Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) report raising debate between the two councils.
The debate seemed to have been put to bed for the time being, with Calliope and Gladstone voting to keep the equalised pricing system for water for the upcoming financial year.
Previously Gladstone had rejected the equalised pricing system suggested by the QCA, stating that it would result in Gladstone residents subsidising the costs for Calliope residents.
The issue of water will be investigated further, along with other opportunities for the two councils to pool their resources.