Petition against council tests support for having divisions

A PETITION against a "Gladstone-centric" council has been launched on the Queensland Parliament website.

Seven councillors live in Gladstone, causing concern among some constituents that the council is undemocratic and not representing the region's views.

Two councillors live outside the city - one at Calliope and one on Boyne Island.

Tony Bridges, of Baffle Creek Tourism, said he hoped the petition would accurately test the sentiment of those who lived outside central Gladstone.

Mr Bridges, who represents rural and outlying areas, claims residents feel disconnected from the local council process and believes a divisional representative system would serve democracy better.

The online petition, launched on April 9 and open until July 30, arose from rural community members who felt they had no representative on the council who had local knowledge and passion.

The sponsoring member of the petition is Stephen Bennett MP.

Any individual who lives in Queensland or is a Queensland citizen will meet the eligibility requirements.

Head to the Queensland Parliament website to check it out.

Is the local council too focused on Gladstone at the expense of rural areas?

This poll ended on 17 May 2014.

Current Results

Yes. It's all about what's happening in the city area

68%

No. You can talk to any of the councillors if you have a problem

18%

Maybe, but that's where most of the population is

12%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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