8 Jan 2013

De-merger vote set for Queensland councils

9:47 am on 8 January 2013

Four communities in Queensland will vote in March on whether to undo council mergers imposed by the former Labor government in 2008.

All registered voters living in the boundaries of the former Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas Shire council areas will have to vote in person at polling booths on 9 March.

"This is a very important decision and I'm urging everyone to look at all the information ahead of the poll," Local Government Minister David Crisafulli said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The costs have been clearly outlined and (people) can decide if the financial pain is worth getting their council back."

AAP reports the former state government forced 157 councils to amalgamate into 73 in 2008.

After studying submissions from various communities, the new government last year gave a go-ahead for referendums on the issue in Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas.

If the polls show there's strong community, the government will allow the four councils to be resurrected. Any new elections that are required are expected by late this year.

The polls will be run by the Electoral Commission of Queensland.