Former Beaudesert Shire resident calls for boundaries to be redrawn

A DISGRUNTLED Logan City Council resident has called for local government boundaries to be redrawn.

BOUNDARY: Cedar Vale resident Shane Underwood wants local government boundaries changed to be represented by Scenic Rim Council. Photo: Jacob Wilson

BOUNDARY: Cedar Vale resident Shane Underwood wants local government boundaries changed to be represented by Scenic Rim Council. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Former Beaudesert Shire resident Shane Underwood has lived in Cedar Vale for 30 years and says he is nostalgic for the days before council amalgamation in 2008.

The suburb is on the border which divides the Logan and Scenic Rim councils.

"I think it is about time that we revert back to the old Beaudesert Shire Council," he said.

"Ever since we were split and had to join the Logan City Council we have been neglected and forgotten."

Mr Underwood identified recent Millstream Road works as one of his major gripes.

"This road is a major link road from all these satellite areas into Jimboomba," he said.

"I rang up council not long after finishing this stretch (of road)...it was a stinking hot day and the road was melting. It just turned black.

"You can see they will have to come out and repair it again."

A Logan City Council spokesperson said the issue would be rectified at the earliest possible opportunity.

"The laying of aspaltic concrete cannot be done effectively until day time temperatures reduce," the spokesperson said.

"The contractor plans to complete this work by April, weather permitting."

The spokesperson said Logan council had a strong commitment to all residents.

Mr Underwood acknowledged Logan council provided sporting facilities, libraries and CCTV but said his priorities were not being met.

"We, like all the properties in our area rely on tank water and don't have trickle feed," he said.

"We have a septic system. So we don't access any public water or sewage systems.

"We don't have curb and guttering. Our road would be classed as second rate and is only a narrow strip of bitumen for 1.5km then the rest of the road is dirt."

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said Mr Underwood was not alone in his views.

"Since 2016, I have had numerous conversations, at a range of gatherings, with residents who are no longer a part of Scenic Rim expressing their desire to come back under our umbrella," he said.

"Often these expressions relate to our clear commitment to try to preserve the balance of environment, community and housing density which is consistent with our rural heritage rather than options that are more typical of urban footprints."

A spokesperson for the Department of Local Government said certain criteria needed to be met before boundary changes could be considered.

There would need to be a request from local communities affected by the proposed change, resolutions supporting the proposed change from affected local governments and assessments demonstrating the ongoing future financial sustainability of both affected local government areas.

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