‘Moderate’ former Noosa councillor supports new council

MODERATE: Peter McGregor.
MODERATE: Peter McGregor. Geoff Potternb

A FORMER Noosa councillor not connected to the Free Noosa lobby group has thrown his weight behind de-amalgamation.

Peter McGregor is a serving police officer and leading Noosa Pirates rugby league figure, who is far removed from the green politics seen by some to be driving the campaign to split from Sunshine Coast Council.

Mr McGregor said he regarded himself as a "moderate" and in a letter to the Noosa News published in this edition he made his opinions clear.

"I haven't always agreed with Noel Playford but I must support his determination and effort in the de-amalgamation of the old Noosa shire from the regional council," he said.

The no-nonsense cop described the recent stance by Mayor Mark Jamieson and other councillors as "propaganda" that showed "how desperate they are to retain Noosa in the bigger council".

"I have watched very carefully over the years since amalgamation and have not been convinced that bigger is better," Mr McGregor said. "Cr Tim Dwyer is right when he says that the regional council has lost sight of its sense of community.

"I was amazed when the mayor boasted that the council had showed their commitment to Noosa with a number of major projects being developed since amalgamation. He's dreaming."

Mr McGregor said the former Noosa Council initiated, approved and costed those projects well before amalgamation and now the regional council took credit.

"Don't be hoodwinked in believing that by staying with the regional council your rates will be less than when Noosa stands alone. There will be some pain but that won't last for long," Mr McGregor said. "This is a great opportunity for Noosa to return to its former self and once again prove that they are one of the most financially sustainable and community minded councils in the state."

But his views were not shared by Pomona resident Col Easton, who wrote: "The old Noosa Council was all about Hastings St and Noosa Junction and the rest of us up the scrub could please ourselves. The logical conclusion therefore is to de-amalgamate that small enclave and leave the rest of us alone. As a resident of Pomona, I have no complaints about the service by the regional council but one gets fed up with constant bleating from the de-amalgamation push."

Topics:  noosa politics

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