Rivals face to face at showdown

THE Division 12 candidates' showdown in Cooroy on Monday between incumbent Lew Brennan and de-amalgamation proponent Tony Wellington was civilised enough, but the simmering tension between the two men was never far from the surface.

De-amalgamation was the first question from the floor to Cr Brennan, who was asked exactly where he stood on the issue.

"My personal position has never changed since day one, despite how it's been reflected from a number of perspectives," he said.

"You need to get all of the information and make a seriously good decision about this going forward. And you're not getting it. You're getting one perspective at best."

Cr Brennan, who voted in council for all of the Sunshine Coast to have a vote on de-amalgamation, said if Noosa decided it wanted to split from the regional council then "bring it on".

"If you decide you don't want to de-amalgamate, and you're looking at the things like we've achieved over the last four years as being significant and we're better off - that's fine."

Mr Wellington responded: "I've heard him speak often on de-amalgamation and he's even referred to de-amalgamation supporters as negative and irresponsible.

"I don't see that as being consistent. He said he wants all the information to be available.

"Well the information will be available - not from council, not from the NIA (Noosa Independence Alliance) necessarily, but from the LNP Government.

"That's their commitment. Before you go to a referendum, Queensland Treasury Corporation will be providing you with the full cost of de-amalgamation.

"And the boundary commissioner will be outlining the process and that is going to happen, whether the council interferes or not, it's all very straightforward," Mr Wellington said.

Cr Brennan replied: "If that's going to happen whether the council interferes or not, then Tony doesn't need to get elected.

Topics:  de-amalgamation, lew brennan, local government elections, tony wellington



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