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Voters give Wink the nod

ABOUT 250 people sized up the mayoral candidates at Noosaville last Friday night and then 60 of those with an electronic voting device decided the winner.

Brett Winkler made a good enough impression with views on de-amalgamation, town planning and the promise of fast broadband to grab first prize. He was followed by Mark Jamieson and Michael Bloyce.

The meet the candidates evening at the Noosa Christian Outreach Centre hall was run by Noosa Chamber of Commerce and Noosa Ratepayers.

The hot subject proved to be de-amalgamation and 88% of voters said they were not interested in a coast-wide vote on the subject.

A Loud round of applause went up for Cr Blumel when she said the State Government rather than ratepayers should pay the costs of de-amalgamation.

Protection of the Noosa Plan, in particular its adherence to population cap and low-rise development, was close to the hearts of Noosa people.

Warren Blee said the only jobs Noosa needed were ones that did not hurt the environment and wanted to promote an economy fired up by the intellectual capacity of residents.

Mark Jamieson said the Coast needed to create local work for the tradespeople who were travelling out of the coast on a daily basis to find work.

In regard to height limits, Kim Edwards said she thought Noosa had the balance right between environment and development.

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