6. Identity

The reform of local government has changed more that boundaries.

The Queensland government ruled that new council areas would be named after the main towns unless councils were unanimous in their preference for another. The decision to run with ‘Roma’ was a controversial one and was only supported by one of the five current councils.

This region has always been collectively known as the ‘Maranoa’ after the major river in our area and that term is widely recognised on the news and weather outlets and by most locals. The only way that name can now be changed is by a public vote and a referral to the government.

I advocate that this matter should not be decided by myself or by Council but by a formal democratic poll of our residents.

Rob and Di Loughnan.
Married in the region and now raising a family in the region.