COUNCILLOR Lew Brennan is incensed by a poorly worded caption printed under a page 8 Noosa News photo last Tuesday stating "Vote One For Amalgamation", as it wrongfully suggests that he was an advocate of the council amalgamation.
The Noosa News acknowledges that as a representative of Noosa Council, Cr Brennan fought on the front line of the community protest to stop the amalgamation process forced upon the local community by the Beattie Labor Government.
Cr Brennan said he maintained his opposition "even at times when others had given up or fallen by the way". "In an article in the Noosa News at the height of the fight against the State Government, I restated Noosa Council's position as opposed to amalgamation, and challenged the lawfulness of the action.
"I also challenged (Premier) Peter Beattie to come to Noosa to discuss the issue further.
"Despite claims by critics and despite misrepresentations in the print media my position has always been the same.
"Let people have all the facts and figures and let them decide for themselves whether they want to de-amalgamate. I will be more than happy to represent this same community in a new Noosa Council, just as I was before forced amalgamation, and the Noosa News has been aware of that since day one."
Cr Brennan pointed the finger at the Beattie Government's Size, Shape and Sustainability report for paving the way for forced amalgamations.
He said in one report by former Noosa Council mayor Noel Playford, it was recommended that the small, western Rosalie and Crows Nest councils should be amalgamated for a better all-round performance.
"Not giving people a vote on amalgamation came from Beattie reading these reports from all over Queensland and discontinuing the Size, Shape and Sustainability process and forcing amalgamations on councils - that's how it went."
"My position has always been the same."