Mutchilba identity fight given a boost
Mutchilba residents have taken heart that their campaign to have their town put back on the map has appeared in the State Government's Gazette.
A notice, dated July 27, said that Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps intended to proceed with a proposal to name Mutchilba as a new locality and to alter the boundaries of Dimbulah and Arriga.
It also said that people had two months to make submissions either for or against.
Mutchilba was bureaucratically wiped off the map as a locality and included in Dimbulah, although officials said it had never officially held that status.
Local farmer Karen Muccignat, who claims Mutchilba has always been a locality, has been spearheading a campaign to have the name restored.
Yesterday she said she was encouraged that the proposal had been gazetted.
“It is going to happen – we just have to wait now,” Mrs Muccignat said.
Mutchilba State School’s 27 students are also happy the situation is being sorted it, with most of their parents vocal campaign supporters.Submissions must be in by September 27.
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Six of the best: Mutchilba State School pupils James Gargan, Casey Barratt, Laura Westwood, Natalia Westwood, Sarah Westwood and Hayley Gargan can’t wait to see Mutchilba’s identity restored. Picture: ANNA ROGERS