News

Split by Noosa will affect the whole Coast, warns Jamieson

MAYOR Mark Jamieson has warned all Coast residents will be affected if Noosa splits from the Sunshine Coast Council.

He said the council would run a "no"campaign in the lead-up to the Noosa de-amalgamation referendum, expected by March.

"We've got a strong council effectively being turned into two weaker councils," Cr Jamieson said of the potential de-amalgamation.

"All along I said my preference is for a united council, a united region; we're a natural region and we rely on each other for our strength so to now potentially separate, that is not in the best interests of the region."

Cr Jamieson said the vote would not only affect the people of Noosa,  but all residents of the Sunshine Coast. 

"I think it's important for the people who get to vote - and those who don't - to understand exactly what the costs are, and how they will be affected," he said.

Cr Jamieson said he was worried about concerns identified by the Boundaries Commissioner, including the financial sustainability of both councils,  the ability to deliver key regional projects such as the airport expansion and  development of Maroochydore CBD, the effect on levels of service on tourism and the reduced capacity of council to contribute to the economic development of this area.

 

Who should get to vote on the Noosa de-amalgamation?

This poll ended on 06 January 2013.

Noosa residents - 40%

All Sunshine Coast residents - 45%

There shouldn't be a vote - 13%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Earlier today Local Government Minister David Crisafulli announced the Boundaries Commissioner had recommended Noosa to go to a referendum.

"The Government has always been firm that despite the brutality of the forced amalgamations in 2008, we would prefer regional councils to work," Mr Crisafulli said.

"We've also said we'll give communities the opportunity to vote where there's a chance a viable council could be created.

"For Noosa, its case is the strongest in the state.

"But a decision needs to be taken with all the facts on the table, and people will have to make a judgment about whether reverting to an independent council is worth the cost."

Boundaries Commissioner Col Meng handed Mr Crisafulli the report on November 28, which recommended only Noosa go to a referendum.

Mr Crisafulli has decided that Noosa, Livingstone, Mareeba and Douglas will all go to a vote, but Isis will not because of financial restrictions.

For Noosa, Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC) found the initial cost to de-amalgamate would be $13,651,000 or an extra $260 per ratepayer in the first year.

However, Noosa Independence Alliance spokesman Noel Playford said a new Noosa council would have $14 million in cash available to cover the full cost of de-amalgamation. He said this meant there would be no cost burden to the ratepayers of Noosa.

There would also be ongoing costs of an extra $142 per ratepayer in the following years, rising with inflation, Mr Meng said.

Tourism Noosa Chairman Steve McPharlin welcomed today's announcement and thanked Mr Crisafulli for "listening to members of the Noosa tourism industry in making this decision".

"Tourism Noosa has been liaising with our members and the State Government for some time on de-amalgamation and our members support this," Mr McPharlin said.

"This latest announcement is another positive step in protecting the uniqueness of the Noosa brand for the benefit of not only Tourism Noosa members but the wider Noosa community."

Mr Meng and QTC have spent the past two months working with proponents, stakeholders and Sunshine Coast Regional Council to all of the costs involved.

The Commissioner's report included:

  • wage costs for a Mayor and Councillors
  • wage costs for council staff
  • cost of equipment and IT
  • cost of de-amalgamation to the remaining council
  • cost of conducting a referendum
  •   ongoing costs, such as annual licencing fees and insurance

Mr Crisafulli rated the likelihood a new Noosa council achieving a sustainable future as good.

Only residents in the former council area will vote, with a referendum to be held in the first quarter of 2013. Voting will be compulsory.

Topics:  council de-amalgamation noosa sunshine coast regional council



How Ipswich can turn 'graffiti' into cash

Mural in Neil St, Toowoomba painted by acclaimed graffiti artist Adnate.

Plan to elevate real street artists

Students' big ideas may change face of St Vinnies

UQ and Vinnies has joined forces to transform the unused portion of the building in West ipswich into a new venture to help students with training and  employment opportunities. UQ International Hotel and Tourism Management students Rousha Chen ( left) and Valentina Santolia (right) with Vinnies western diocese area coordinator Liz Ward and UQ lecturer Richard Robinson.

THE Vinnies store in West Ipswich might soon open a cafe and more

Woman breaks leg, counselling offered after school accident

News

UPDATE: Police are investigating after pedestrians struck by a car

Local Partners

Show legend returns to post after being run over by float

FOR absolute total dedication to the Ipswich Show look no further than 85-year-old Kalbar farmer Syd Haag.


Paddinton Bear is coming to Ipswich

IN TOWN: Annette Kitching plays the part of Paddington Bear in The Cute Little Bear From Peru at the Incinerator Theatre.

FAVOURITE children's character set to delight in new show

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

IPSWICH SHOW: What's on at the showgrounds today

Ipswich Show 2017. Sasha Bondzulic and Kirra Peel.

THE show fun continues today with plenty of rides, games and stunts

Casual Keanu says fame is ‘cool’

NOBODY expected much of Keanu Reeves' action thriller John Wick when it was released in 2014.

19 dead after blast targets kids at Ariana Grande concert

There have been multiple confirmed deaths after 'explosions' heard at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester

"We saw blood on people when we got outside."

Ariana Grande breaks her silence after fatal blast

According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass emergency evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

The entertainment industry is in shock after attack on concert

Pitch Perfect star suing Woman’s Day over ‘liar’ articles

Actor Rebel Wilson outside court on Friday.

REBEL Wilson's career destroyed by grubby campaign, court hears.

Seven Year Switch: The boner to end all boners

Johnny’s outraged over claims he has a cracked boner.

She gulps. Her face says it all.

Bay to star in Hollywood shark thriller ‘Cage Dive’

Cage Dive, written and directed by Gerald Rascionato, is now screening in the United States of America. It had scenes filmed in Hervey Bay.

And our visiting humpback whales also make appearance.

Celebrity sex tapes: Where does all that money go?

Basically, did Paris and Kim earn fortunes from their videos?

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

The face of the Sunshine Coast's overpriced rental crisis

Alyx Wilson had to rent a $385 unit in Currimundi because the market was too competitive for cheaper rental housing. She is now renting a room from friends who own a house in Currimundi, and says its much more affordable.

Young people feel the strain in competitive, expensive rental market

WATCH: Take a tour of a tradie's dream home

5a Bruce Hiskens Court, Norman Gardens, going for $720,000. INSET: Lea Taylor.

Huge block with potential for anything

Deputy Premier makes massive call on controversial sand mine

Aerial view of the proposed Forest Glen sand mine.

BREAKING: State Government makes huge call on Coast sand mine plans

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!