A "MISGUIDED" April Fools Day hoax, warning that Sunshine Coast Council has agreed for a prestige canal estate to be taken over by Noosa Triathlon, has upset residents.
Noosa Waters Residents Association president Gary Trevithick is riled an anonymous hoaxer used his group's logo as part of a letter drop to canal-front homes on Monday.
The letter was headed Noosa Waters Community Emergency and leads off with:
"In what is being regarded as an act of spite, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council has approved an application by the Noosa Triathlon to have additional events included in this year's triathlon here in the Noosa Waters canal.
"This will mean that throughout the weekend of November 8th-10th our canal will be taken away from us."
The bogus community announcement tells residents they will be requested to remove their boats from the canal during this event with passes to be issued for moorings as far away as Boreen Point.
"This is typical of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and should not be tolerated. Stand up for your Noosa community," the letter ends.
Mr Trevithick is appalled that the letter-writer lists nine non-Noosa councillors and includes their correct phone numbers while urging residents to call and register their protest.
He said the cryptic giveaway is the use of letters in italic type of the copy, which all but spells out April Fools' Day.
The residents' association, which is seeking council backing to carry out repairs to the estate's collapsing canal walls, went into damage control and put out an email to members, urging them to let residents know the letter was a hoax and councillors should not be called.
"The misguided person has alarmed a number of residents," Mr Trevithick said.
"Putting the names and phone numbers of councillors shows a malicious intent."
He said it was obviously someone who had something against the council.