Livingstone Shire Council mayor Bill Ludwig with Rockhampton Regional Council mayor Margaret Strelow.
Livingstone Shire Council mayor Bill Ludwig with Rockhampton Regional Council mayor Margaret Strelow.

Council aims to welcome back three fringe suburbs in 2020

FORMER Rockhampton Region residents in Glenlee, Rockyview and Glendale could once again be calling Rockhampton home by 2020.

At today's Ordinary Council meeting, council resolved to commence formal discussions with the Livingstone Shire Council to alter the Rockhampton Regional Council boundary area to include the three localities.

Residents voted strongly in favour of being part of the Rockhampton region at a poll in 2013 and 2014, and now Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow is eager to make headway so the localities can return to Rockhampton at the 2020 election. 

"These localities are very much part of our lifestyle and at the end of the day their decision to come back to Rockhampton is very clear and one that council fully supports," Cr Strelow said.

Once both Councils finalise negotiations, the joint position will be presented to the Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning for further consideration.

It is then anticipated that the Minister will refer the matter to the Change Commissioner for formal review.

"Should Glenlee, Rockyview and Glendale residents successfully transition back into Rockhampton Regional Council, we will have an additional 1,170 properties in our region," Mayor Strelow said.

"This will be a mutually beneficial outcome for council and those residents who share the community of interest and desire to be a part of our council."