Its a sleepy little town
Beattie backs Lismore push to join Qld
17:53 AEST Thu May 12 2005
Queensland Premier Peter Beattie has encouraged a push by Lismore council for the northern New South Wales shire to become a part of Queensland.
"There are two types of people in this world: those who are Queenslanders and those who want to be Queenslanders," Mr Beattie told reporters.
"I am really delighted. They are very intelligent people and we would love to have them."
Mr Beattie said if the border between the two states was redrawn, Lismore, which is 286km south of Brisbane, would naturally become a part of the sunshine state.
"If the borders were redrawn now, clearly northern New South Wales would be in Queensland. That's the natural link," he said.
But such a change would require a request from both the New South Wales and Queensland state governments and a favourable vote in a national referendum.
"It would require a change in the constitution and that would be very difficult," he said.
"I don't think you'd find the New South Wales government would be very supportive."
Lismore Mayor Merv King has promised to support Queensland's rugby league side in the State Of Origin series if Mr Beattie backs the council's push to become part of Queensland.
"That shows he has good judgment on many things," Mr Beattie said.