Noosa residents celebrate de-amalgamation.
Noosa residents celebrate de-amalgamation. Geoff Potter

Fresh start for 'new' councils as 2014 rolls in

THE arrival of a new year marks a new chapter for Queensland local government with the start of four new councils in Noosa, Livingstone, Douglas and Mareeba.

Acting Local Government Minister Jarrod Bleijie said  it was a historic day for democracy for the residents in these areas who fought long and hard to have their voices heard.

"It is now up to the new mayors and councillors to work together with each other and their neighbouring councils to get the best results for their communities," Mr Bleijie said.

"We look forward to working with them."

Mr Bleijie said the first order of business for the new councils would be to consider the interim budget prepared by the transfer managers.

"While there is no doubt the new councils have some big decisions to make in the coming months, I am confident we have the right mix of fresh ideas and experience to set the new councils on the right course," he said.

"I wish the Noosa, Livingstone, Douglas and Mareeba councils every success as they set about delivering for their communities."

All four councils had fought for independence since councils across the state were forced into amalgamations in 2008 under the former Labor State Government.

The four councils went to the polls late last year to elect their respective mayors and councillors.

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