RESIDENTS of four former council areas in far north Queensland will vote to secede from their current councils next month.The Queensland Electoral Commission announced yesterday that residents of the former Douglas, Mareeba, Livingston and Noosa council areas will vote on March 9.
The Labor Government forced 157 councils to amalgamate into 73 in 2008 to save money.
Queensland Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said in December last year the boundaries commissioner recommended that four councils wishing to scrap the mergers should each go to a referendum.
He said locals would need to weigh up whether it would be worth the costs.
Costs would include the wages of new mayors, councillors, and staff, IT equipment and conducting the referendum.