GET OUT: Former Taroom Shire Mayor Don Stiller has backed calls for Taroom to de-amalgamate out of Banana Shire.
GET OUT: Former Taroom Shire Mayor Don Stiller has backed calls for Taroom to de-amalgamate out of Banana Shire.

Merger did Taroom no favours

TAROOM'S last mayor has backed calls for Taroom to de-amalgamate from Banana Shire.

Former Taroom Shire Council mayor Don Stiller said he believed Taroom would be much better off in the Western Downs Regional Council, centred on Dalby, which includes Chinchilla, Miles and Wandoan.

“I certainly believe Taroom should never have been in Banana,” Mr Stiller told fellow APN Newspaper Chinchilla News.

“There are a lot of people up there who are not very happy.”

His comments backed statements by Callide MP and LNP Parliamentary leader Jeff Seeney.

Several weeks ago, Mr Seeney told Central Telegraph the decision to split the old Taroom Shire and put Taroom and Wandoan in separate shires as “outrageous.”

“Council amalgamations have been a failure everywhere but no more so than the old Taroom Shire,” Mr Seeney said.

“There is still an enormous amount of angst out there (Taroom).”

Mr Seeney said they would need to look at the options, the costs and then decide with the community.

Local Government Association of Queensland chief executive officer Greg Hallam said they would support partial de-amalgamation if communities wanted it.

“It (Taroom de-amalgamation) would need to go to a referendum,” Mr Hallam said.


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