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.

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