Tingha residents left in limbo as they wait on a decision about the Inverell boundary adjustment

BOUNDARY CONFUSION: Tingha Citizens Association president Colleen Graham said residents are in limbo regarding the Armidale Regional Council September election.
BOUNDARY CONFUSION: Tingha Citizens Association president Colleen Graham said residents are in limbo regarding the Armidale Regional Council September election.

TINGHA ratepayers are still confused as Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton drags her feet on a boundary adjustment decision.

There is no word as to whether they will be voting in the Armidale Regional Council September election.

The town is expected to move to Inverell Shire Council.

Tingha Citizens Association president Colleen Graham said the inaction has left residents mystified.

“Look at the practicality of it, who are we going to vote for? Who do we know? Why are we voting when we don’t even want to be there? [Armidale],” she said.

“We’re in limbo, as far as we’re concerned we’re going to Inverell so why would we put up a candidate?”

Armidale Regional Council conceded Tingha to Inverell in April.

“The boundary proposal is being assessed and considered and a recommendation will be made as soon as possible,” an Office of Local Government spokesman said.

“People eligible to vote within the Armidale Regional Council area will be expected to vote at the September 9 election.

“People who are eligible to contest the election can stand for civic office.”

There is no indication of whether a successful candidate would be expected to continue their term on Armidale Regional Council if the town is moved to Inverell.

An OLG spokesman said that if a councillor resigns after being elected a casual vacancy will occur.

Tingha Citizens Association president Colleen Graham said residents were concerned they will end up in Armidale Regional Council without representation.

“Would they serve out their term in Armidale? It becomes absurd,” she said.

“I wouldn’t think so.

“I’m still confident it will happen, I’m just a bit mystified as to why there’s a rumour going around that we’ll be with Armidale until after the elections.”

Former Guyra Shire Council councillor Audrey McArdle was the only representative for Tingha before the amalgamation.

Ms McArdle said she was unsure whether she could stand in the Armidale Regional Council election.