Deputy Dwyer takes Jamieson to task over lobbying stance

A SUNSHINE Coast senior councillor has broken ranks on de-amalgamation, describing Mayor Mark Jamieson's actions in continuing to lobby against the decision as ill-timed and poorly advised.

Former deputy mayor and Caloundra councillor Tim Dwyer also criticised colleague Ted Hungerford for failing to tell the full story on waste disposal in claiming the Sunshine Coast would have no option other than transporting waste to Ipswich if Noosa broke away and a Eumundi dump site was lost.

Cr Dwyer is disappointed that Cr Jamieson began lobbying against the decision to have a de-amalgamation vote immediately after it was announced on December 6 by the State Government.

He said the mayor and council had missed the opportunity and should have taken a political stand much earlier to argue the case for all Sunshine Coast residents to be allowed to vote on de-amalgamation and to present the council's own detailed political view on the matter.

"There is no point arguing with the umpire after the decision has been made," he said.

"There was an opportunity to make a political stand well before the minister's announcement and the mayor and councillors didn't want to take that opportunity."

Cr Dwyer said he had supported de-amalgamation because it was about community, and not just a clinical approach to finance alone.

"Money is always an issue," he said.

And he predicted the looming Caloundra South development would create an even bigger divide between Noosa and the rest of the Sunshine Coast.

Cr Dwyer said he had put up a notice of motion calling for the whole Sunshine Coast to be given a vote, had advocated a council political perspective be presented, and although it was agreed it was a decent approach, no further action was taken.

"I was told it was a State Government issue and when the council recently voted on the de-amalgamation issue, the mayor didn't want anyone to stand up and speak to the motion,'' he said.

"Yet the mayor is sending letters off to the minister without even informing councillors of such correspondence beforehand. ...If a team ethos is wanted, then there could be better ways of handling this issue.''

He said he personally felt the council's website information on de-amalgamation was not impartial.

And he said Cr Hungerford had failed to point out the council owned a 200 hectare site that had the potential to be developed as an alternative waste treatment facility.

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