News

Mayor says united Sunshine Coast best chance for more jobs

Mayor Mark Jamieson says council priority is for setting up the Coast to be a sustainable community.
Mayor Mark Jamieson says council priority is for setting up the Coast to be a sustainable community. Darryn Smith

MORE myths to bust.

My last mythbusters column really struck a chord as people search for answers before March 9.

I know it's a difficult task to weigh up what you had in the past with what is the best thing to do for the future.

It's not an easy thing to do so I thought I'd provide another guide to help separate the facts from the myths.

To quickly recap a few of the facts established in the first column:

Noosa gets its fair share of infrastructure spending as can be seen by the Girraween Sports Complex, The Noosa Junction Transit Centre and the Cooroy Library which were all delivered through your Sunshine Coast Council.

Noosa residents won't have to pay for Caloundra South; that will be done by the developer, the state government and the future residents of that city. Plus the new master-planned community will create many new job opportunities.

Noosa residents won't have to pay for the Maroochydore CBD - land sales will fund that.

Let's look at some new myths.

Myth - Noosa needs to break away from a united Sunshine Coast to keep its community values.

Fact - The Sunshine Coast Council has protected the unique character and charm of Noosa. There has been no high-rise development, no traffic lights installed, no parking meters and environmental values have been strengthened.

This myth is busted.

Myth - The Noosa and district economy is self-sufficient and there are plenty of jobs to go around.

Fact - The Noosa and district economy is reliant on too few industries that have struggled in recent times. A united Sunshine Coast offers the best chance for more jobs. I'll give you an example; Sunshine Coast Council recently attracted an internationally respected company to the Maroochydore CBD. Hundreds of people have applied to work there - a quarter of them come from Noosa and district.

This myth is busted.

Myth - Noosa only has two councillors and they are always outvoted.

Fact - Most areas only have one councillor and some councillors have many communities to represent and satisfy. Councillors undertake to make decisions in the best interests of the region and crucial votes taken during this term will reflect that commitment to fairness and equity.

If you're interested in finding out more about the referendum come along to the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce de-amalgamation discussion tonight.

I'll be there, as will Councillor Green, and I know the Noosa Independence Alliance has been invited.

Topics:  de-amalgamation


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

MasterChef two are Noosa's reality stars

NERVOUS WAIT: MasterChef Australia finalists Matt Sinclair and Elena Duggan wait to for the judges' scores in the grand final.

Double celebration in MasterChef

Looking for an SCC armistice

The new Noosa Council 2016. Photo Alan Lander / Noosa News

Noosa leaders rate the new council

Club wins a stay of wind-up

No more rounds - a lone golf cart sits unminded at Peregian Springs Golf Club on the day it closed its doors.

Golf club closure latest

Latest deals and offers

Relax and rejuvenate at Living Valley

Set amongst 145 acres at Kin Kin, Living Valley Health Retreat is a pretty special place when you take the time to stop, and walk around.

MasterChef Matt back in Noosa

MasterChef Australia finalist Matt Sinclair is home in Noosa after this week's grand final.

MasterChef Matt back home in Noosa

MasterChef two are Noosa's reality stars

NERVOUS WAIT: MasterChef Australia finalists Matt Sinclair and Elena Duggan wait to for the judges' scores in the grand final.

Double celebration in MasterChef

Looking for an SCC armistice

The new Noosa Council 2016. Photo Alan Lander / Noosa News

Noosa leaders rate the new council

Club wins a stay of wind-up

No more rounds - a lone golf cart sits unminded at Peregian Springs Golf Club on the day it closed its doors.

Golf club closure latest

Noosa High to help the Basket Brigade

VOLUNTEERS: Trish Bignall and Emma Wright are part of the Coast Basket Brigade.

Basket brigade gets some help

Drowning Pool gig review at Max Watt's

Drowning Pool played Brisbane with A Breach of Silence and She Cries Wolf at the Max Watt's House of Music.

Drowning Pool prove that 'bodies' hit the floor when they play

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

One young Youtuber accidentally gave rise to a conspiracy theory

Brennan's art pops up again

Lunch in charcoal by Lew Brennan.

Don't miss this funky exhibition

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Market prices in further cut to interest rates

Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) signage in Sydney, Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING

The market is firm on which direction interest rates will go Tuesday

Luxury apartments at new city complex

New development comes on the market.

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Chevallum property fit for the whole family

Heritage-style homestead with enough room for the whole family

Sunrise Beach ocean-front home sure to wow

Ocean and beach views sure to attract buyers

Property developer resigns from leading Coast firm

Reed Property Group managing director Ken Reed on site at the Big Top shopping centre in Maroochydore.

A Coast developer has thrown in the towel after three decades