Residents in four local government areas in Queensland will vote on March 9 on possible de-amalgamation.
Queensland Local Government Minister David Crisafulli says residents in the communities of Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas should look at the the costs of reclaiming their old councils prior to voting.
Mr Crisafulli says it is a serious decision that has big implications for local government, after some councils were forced to amalgamate five years ago.
He says the four areas put forward a case that showed it is possible to de-amalgamate, but it does come with some serious financial costings.
"What I'm urging people to do is take a decision now on the here and now," he said.
"All of those costs of the de-amalgamation will be borne by that entity that seeks to break away from that council - that's only fair."
Mr Crisafulli says the Government has been up-front about the costs.
"I'm urging people ahead of the vote to actually have a look at the ," he said.
"Have a look at the costs and they can make a decision if the financial pain is worth getting their old council back.
He says if any of the communities are successful, they will have a nine-month transition before their new council starts operating in 2014.
"We have to put a line in the sand and we've got to move on," he said.
"It has been a really difficult time for local government and local communities - I lived it myself as a councillor.
"We have to get some certainty for this sector as they have some incredible challenges ahead as do local communities.
"One way or the other, we're going to get a decision on March 9."
Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow says she would like the council de-amalgamation issue settled as quickly as possible.
Councillor Strelow says it has been a distraction for the council.
"The best new year's present we could have had - let's get in, get it resolved," she said.
"There have been huge impacts on council, the council staff, the council table, huge impacts on our community.
"It has set us back, distracted attention, at a time when we really just don't need that as a region."