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Council would be back 'in black' after de-amalgamation

NOOSA is going to be the Sunshine Coast's local government high achiever again if it de-amalgamates and certainly not a financial basket case, according Free Noosa spokesman Noel Playford.

"We can't afford not to do it," Mr Playford said.

He said Free Noosa's predicted $2 million cost of undertaking the split "boils down to roughly the cost of deferring one large roundabout for one year".

"Until 2008 if you take a look up and down the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Council stood out for three reasons," Mr Playford said.

"It was the smallest of the three councils, it provided by far the highest level of services, and it did so with the lowest rates.

Mr Playford said the future would be no different.

"Our financial modelling from some of the best talent in the country shows that we can restore the high levels of service that we had before, and we can do it without unreasonable rate increases," he said.

Mr Playford said the Sunshine Coast Council has made it clear it could not provide the same level of services across the Coast that the old Noosa Council did over the years.

"In other words, they can't provide the same levels of efficiency," Mr Playford said.

He said the bottom line was that Noosa has this once-only opportunity to restore its local council.

"We can't afford to continue paying massively higher rates and getting reduced services.

"And we can't afford to miss this chance to have councillors who live in our area in control of the planning processes that determine how Noosa develops."

Mr Playford said Noosa's Division 11 and 12 are subsidising "the rest of the Coast by $7million per annum in infrastructure services alone".

"The financial model for a new Noosa Council provides for all depreciation to be funded from general rates each year, plus additional funds for new infrastructure."

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