Support Northern Suburbs with your vote

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Residents across the region are being called on to support the Northern Suburbs by voting ‘yes’ and helping them come to the Rockhampton Region.

Over the last decade residents in the Northern Suburbs have voted three times to be transferred to the community they call home.

Division 4 Councillor Ellen Smith said this vote is a chance for electors in Rockhampton and Livingstone to add their voice to the chorus of Northern Suburbs residents calling for change.

“In 2013, residents in the former Livingstone Shire were polled by the State Government on whether or not they wanted to separate from the amalgamated Rockhampton City Council,” Cr Smith said.

“Seventy-five percent of people in Glenlee, Glendale and Rockyview voted to stay as part of the Rockhampton Region.

“In 2014 Livingstone Shire Council commissioned a separate poll undertaken by the Australian Electoral Commission, and residents in these suburbs once again voted overwhelmingly to be part of the Rockhampton Region. This time about 70%.

“Bill Ludwig – Livingstone’s Mayor at the time – said their Council would be ‘guided by what the community indicates as their preferred choice.’ Their choice was and still is clear.

“Last month Livingstone released the results of an additional survey they ran in 2020.

“This time 78% of Northern Suburbs residents responded ‘yes’ to coming home to Rockhampton in an online poll and 63% echoed the call in a mail-out and email survey.

“Not only is this what the residents in the Northern Suburbs want, these suburbs coming home would benefit everyone across our region.

“If you haven’t done so already, jump online or fill in the postal ballot and vote ‘yes’ for our neighbours in the Northern Suburbs to come home.

“We’ll be bigger with the Northern Suburbs and we’ll be better with them.”

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