Councils will join others in ways to work together

GLADSTONE and Calliope councils would probably join other councils in the region and submit a joint funding application to look into the best way to work together.

Councils across Queensland are being invited to a apply for a share in $25 million to research the best ways to jointly provide services and infrastructure for their residents.

The government has set aside $25 million through the new Regional Collaboration and Capacity Building program for councils to conduct the research.

Local Government Minister Desley Boyle was reminded that Gladstone and Calliope councils had previously been at odds when Gladstone sought amalgamation or a boundary change. Both were opposed by Calliope.

The Observer wanted to know what Ms Boyle's department would do if the applications received by her department from the two councils also pursued different agendas.

Ms Boyle skirted direct comment on amalgamation, saying she would 'be really pleased to see applications from Gladstone and Calliope councils or even a joint application'.

The applications would be considered under the guidelines and on their merit.

Both Gladstone and Calliope councils said they would probably look wider than just two the two councils to include the Port Curtis Alliance of Councils (PCAC).

Gladstone council CEO Julie Reitano said there were many options available, and all had to be explored before council would decide its moves.

Calliope council's acting CEO Mark Larney said PCAC had previously agreed to look at the size shape and sustainability issues.

'I would like to think that we would be working through PCAC on this matter,' he said.

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