Councillors votes to uphold Noosa values: Mayor Jamieson

 Noosa’s fate is in the balance come March and the de-amalgamation vote.
Noosa’s fate is in the balance come March and the de-amalgamation vote. Contributed

A REGIONAL Sunshine Coast council has voted to uphold the integrity of the Noosa Plan according to Mayor Mark Jamieson.

"People in that neck of the woods should look at the decisions that have been made by council," Cr Jamieson said at his state of the region address in Nambour.

"The Kin Kin quarry - council came down in support of the residents in Kin Kin in their demand for tighter environmental standards," the mayor said

He said the vote was a "clear majority across the council".

"The Tewantin retirement village - council came down in support of the Noosa Plan, in support of Noosa residents, in support of Noosa environmental values by saying no that development."

In regard to the quad bikes tour operations at Cooran, Mayor Jamieson said people need to remember that council wasn't making a decision to allow people to allow quad bikes into a national park.

"That decision had already been made (by the Environment Department), we were making a decision to approve a home business which was supported from memory by nine of the 10 neighbours.

"There are a few examples where push has come to shove."

He said looking at the flipside, council had delivered on the Cooroy Library, the bus interchange in Noosa Junction and the recently-opened sports fields.

"You know, tremendous investment on behalf of this council in that area. I do regret the fact that people position themselves territorially - I see us all as Sunshine Coasters.

"There are a number of challenges a new Noosa Council would have to deal with.

"Like efficiencies around the provision of services and delivery of the tourism sector. Future employment opportunities for Noosa.

"I think this council has had a good record of bringing down four surplus budgets.

"With all due respect, Noosa in four of its last six budgets were deficit budgets and at an average rate increase in excess of 9%. Now that's not sustainable, in the current market. And that's why we need an organisation that can bring efficiencies to bear, because if it doesn't then ratepayers will be doing it."

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