Majority show support for amalgamation

By KRYSTEN BOOTHbooth@gladstoneobserver.com.au

IT'S official, the majority of Gladstone residents support amalgamation with Calliope Shire.

The news was just one of the results from the Benchmark Community Satisfaction Survey which was funded by the Gladstone City Council.

The survey was conducted by market research consultants Market Facts and had 300 respondents.

It found 61.3 per cent of respondents would support amalgamation or boundary changes with another council, 'if there was an opportunity to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Gladstone region'.

Only 33.3 per cent of respondents said they would not support such a move, while 5.3 per cent 'didn't know'.

The result came as little surprise to mayor Peter Corones.

'I think it proves that if there are benefits the community will support it,' Cr Corones said.

'We have to do what's best for the community.'

The most pleasing aspect of the survey from the council's perspective was that its rating was higher than the Local Government Association of Queensland provincial average. Council's overall performance was rated at 73.28 per cent while the Queensland average was 68.8 per cent.

It also rated above state average in basic services and infrastructure, community lifestyle services, managing the city, customer service and communication quality of council. Market Facts identified 14 areas as being poor on performance including community consultation, revenue raising, responding to the community and parking facilities.

The survey played an integral role in the development of the 2005 to 2010 Draft Corporate Plan which will be made available to the public from Saturday.

The public will have 30 days to comment.



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