Taroom's neighbours not interested
WESTERN Downs Mayor Ray Brown will not be Taroom's Bob the Builder – he does not want to fix its issue with amalgamation.
Mr Brown told Central Telegraph his council was not looking for additional land, backing comments by Banana Shire Division Six Cr Vaughn Becker.
He said there had been a big effort by the council and communities to bring together five and a half shires into one (Taroom Shire was split, with Wandoan joining Western Downs and Taroom joining Banana).
“The community has taken the journey with us (to amalgamate),” Cr Brown said.
“It's a huge region to look after,” Cr Brown said of his shire.
He said he was aware of adjoining regions' issues with some wanting changes. “Just because it's bigger, does not mean better.”
He said his priority was to deal with issues in the current Western Downs Council.
He admitted his council struggled with service delivery, one of the issues Taroom has faced since joining Banana Shire.
The other neighbouring shire that Taroom could join, Maranoa Regional Council centred on Roma, was more open to the possibility but ruled out changes before the next local government elections in March next year.
Maranoa Mayor Robert Loughnan told Central Telegraph, his council had voted to not look at any boundary changes before the election.
Cr Loughnan said most boundaries had some anomalies but any changes would be for the next council to decide.
“I am sure that and the cost impact will all be analysed,” Cr Loughnan said.” Injune is not far from the Banana Shire boundary and Taroom,” he admitted.