Mingela – where are you?

The township of Mingela, 42km north-east of Charters Towers has an identity crisis and Charters Towers Regional Council is determined to fix the problem.

The problem has arisen after the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) adopted the locality name of Crimea and removed Mingela from locality maps and information.

This action effectively meant that Mingela ceased to exist – at least in name.

Councillor Roma Bailey, whose portfolio responsibilities include the Mingela township, said the use of the locality name Crimea was ridiculous.

“Following this unexplained action by this State Government department, Council continues to receive complaints about ongoing problems being experienced by land owners and residents of the Mingela area,” Cr Bailey said.

“The difficulties centre around mailing difficulties and trouble for the various emergency services and this has all been caused by a decision by someone with absolutely no local knowledge of Mingela and renaming it as Crimea as against the historical name of Mingela.

“Realistically, this was a very stupid decision by the department and it needs to be fixed and hopefully fixed fast.”

Council has lodged a submission with DNRM to discontinue the use of the locality name of Crimea and to replace that name with the locality name of Mingela.

Cr Bailey said consultation with property owners and occupier residents in the area has indicated overwhelming support for Council’s proposal.

MG 24 February 2015

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