RAGE MAINTAINED: Anti Amalgamation rally in Brisbane. as Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot leads off the rally at South bank.
RAGE MAINTAINED: Anti Amalgamation rally in Brisbane. as Noosa Mayor Bob Abbot leads off the rally at South bank. Geoff Potter

A call to arms is heard back in 2007

ON AUGUST 2, 2007, then Noosa mayor Bob Abbot appeared on the ABC's 7.30 Report. He told reporter Genevieve Hussey of his no-nonsense thoughts on a pending amalgamation of the Sunshine Coast councils. This came on the eve of a major march on State Parliament to protest the unprecedented Beattie Government local government intervention:

Mayor Abbot: "Noosa, is a Queensland icon that loves to be loved by Queenslanders. Noosa is a place that Queensland brags about.

"They are determined to flatten homogenise and destroy. We will lose this Queensland icon.

"We've already had one inquiry from a major developer that will remain unnamed in our office in the last 24 hours."

Genevieve Hussey to then Local Government Minister Andrew Fraser: "Is this just a power grab by the State Government?"

Fraser: "Quite the opposite. We're providing for stronger councils with bigger clout."

Hussey: "And Maroochy and Caloundra which neighbour Noosa on the Sunshine Coast have taken that message to heart. They support the merger believing it will give the region a stronger voice. But Noosa residents who'll join a major protest in Brisbane tomorrow, say the battle is far from over.

Abbot: "We've taken considerable advice on this. No, if this goes through Parliament on Monday, it is not over."


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