Rev Alan Colyer with James Lister. The pair will speak at the public rally on Sunday at C.F White Oval.
Rev Alan Colyer with James Lister. The pair will speak at the public rally on Sunday at C.F White Oval. Contributed

Community told to turn up or forget future de-merger

AFTER months of debate, controversy and threats of a new dawn, Granite Belt residents will get to vote with their feet this Sunday at the public rally for de-amalgamation.

The rally will be held at C.F. White Oval from 3pm and event convener Reverend Alan Colyer, president of the Granite Belt Community Association, said if the community failed to show, there would be little left they could do.

"The more people, the bigger impact that will have on the State Government.

"The rally has been organised the best we can and we hope people will listen carefully to the motion we put forward, and that is permanent separation from the Southern Downs Regional Council that is Warwick.”

A group will travel to parliament the following day to personally deliver the petition in support of de-amalgamation, which currently has about 5000 signatures.

In a new twist to the saga, Member for Southern Downs James Lister will formally show his support for de-amalgamation, according to Rev Colyer.

He will be one of the speakers addressing the gathering on Sunday.

"People will have the opportunity to ask questions,” Rev Colyer said.

"I will introduce the motion and say 'look, this is what we're about, this is what we're heading for and this is what we're doing'.

"The motion is explicit, it's asking the people gathered to formally encourage us to continue the separation process.

"We're looking for a resounding 'yes' vote.

"This is the last opportunity we will ever, ever have to separate and to start afresh, which we have to do for the sake and the future of the community.”

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