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Cr Chris Thompson says Noosa fares well under amalgamation

GOOD DEAL: Councillor Chris Thompson says Noosa is better off in regional council.
GOOD DEAL: Councillor Chris Thompson says Noosa is better off in regional council. Contributed

NOOSA divisions have fared significantly better as part of Sunshine Coast Council, than they would have, if the former Noosa Shire had avoided amalgamation.

Councillor Chris Thompson, who holds the finance portfolio, said since amalgamation the council had spent $45 million more in Divisions 11 and 12 than the spending proposed by the then Noosa Shire Council.

"The former Noosa Shire Council budgeted for $70m on infrastructure over what became the first four years of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council," Cr Thompson said.

"We spent more than $115m."

The figures are outlined in the Queensland Treasury Corporation's 2006 Financial Sustainability Review.

Division 11 stretches from Peregian Springs to Noosa, including much of Lake Weyba, Doonella Lake and eastern Doonan.

Division 12 includes Tewantin, Cooroy, Pomona and Cooran, and extends to Kin Kin and north of Lake Cootharaba.

Cr Thompson, who is also the deputy mayor, said while he had hoped to avoid entering the de-amalgamation debate directly, he felt "the need to correct some inaccuracies" in a recent media report.

"Another inaccuracy in the story was the claim council is only expected to spend $10m a year on infrastructure in those divisions over the next eight years," Cr Thompson said.

"It's anticipated it'll be more than double that.

"Those figures don't take into account a number of council programs, which are initially projected as whole-of-region expenditure."

It has been reported that the two northern divisions were expected to benefit from 25% of the council's capital spending over the coming decade.

This was despite the two divisions generating about 21% of rates income.

"Like the Mayor, I'm in favour of a united Sunshine Coast region," Cr Thompson said. "And I also respect the State Government's process to decide our future. People have a right to know the facts, and when I see information, which is incorrect, I have an obligation to correct it."

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