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NIA says figures back split from Sunshine Coast Council

SPOKESMAN: Noel Playford.
SPOKESMAN: Noel Playford.

NOOSA Independence Alliance spokesman Noel Playford says Sunshine Coast Council's own figures provided for de-amalgamation costings show Noosa will not be allocated its fair share of infrastructure spending over the next 10 years if it remains part of the regional local authority.

And Mr Playford said claims by Councillor Chris Thompson that Noosa received $115 million of infrastructure spending in the first four years of the amalgamated Coast council, while Noosa had only planned to spend $70 million, simply do not add up.

"The council's own figures show it was $95 million not $115 million," he said. Mr Playford scoffed at the claim that Divisions 11 and 12 - basically the old Noosa Council area - would be receiving 25% of the infrastructure spending over the next 10 years - or more than the 21% collected in Noosa rates. And he rejected Cr Thompson's claim that Noosa infrastructure spending over the next 10 years was "anticipated to be more than double" the $10 million a year average the NIA has calculated.

"Whoever came up with that figure should be drug tested," Mr Playford said.

"On their own criteria and from their own 10-year capital works program the figure is 12%."

Mr  Playford said the regional council's capital expenditure program would "starve Noosa of funds".

The NIA maintains, based on the council's only projections that under a regional council Noosa would only be receiving $10 million in infrastructure funding by 2022, while a leaner and much more efficient new Noosa Council would be pouring $29 million in local capital assets.

"If there is no de-amalgamation the low level of annual funding isn't sufficient for the renewal of existing assets of $19 million, let alone for provision of new facilities," he said.<EP>"Assets will deteriorate and be a huge burden on future ratepayers." 

Councillor Russell Green said council's capital program "clearly shows" Noosa would not be struggling for capital spending if de-amalgamation goes ahead.

"It demonstrates the revenue the Noosa region generates will quite easily fund this capital program,"

Topics:  de-amalgamation, sunshine coast regional council


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