UNDER FIRE: Campbell Corfe declined to comment on criticisms of Noosa Council candidate Ingrid Jackson, pictured above at the Noosa Christian Outreach Centre.
UNDER FIRE: Campbell Corfe declined to comment on criticisms of Noosa Council candidate Ingrid Jackson, pictured above at the Noosa Christian Outreach Centre. John Mccutcheon

Board chair says we're getting on with our job

NEW Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation chair Campbell Corfe declined to be drawn on the criticisms of Noosa Council candidate Ingrid Jackson when he spoke to the Noosa News yesterday.

"I just want to pay tribute to the work that Scott Williams as (previous) chair did along with (Mayor) Noel Playford as the council representative to actually get the Biosphere Reserve Foundation up and running and the concept well embedded," Mr Corfe said.

"The board that I now chair has initiated around six projects with funding in process for those projects.

"They're types of activities that unite the work done around the community of Noosa," he said.

Mr Corfe said the new board under his chairmanship would look to consolidate the progress to date and "getting even better collaboration with the various community groups".

Mr Corfe said a steering group was in place after a recent meeting of "some 20-odd people representing various community groups".

"We're getting their input for a conference planned tentatively for May this year where we will discuss and collaborate on ideas going forward for the next round of funding projects," he said.

"The Biosphere Reserve (Foundation) really wants to get involved with groups such as Landcare, the Parks Association, NICA and groups like that and they're going to participate with us in a planning session.

"It's our first step towards reaching out to the community and developing long-term funding proposals, for we think (there is) significant progress to be made in the general direction of the Biosphere Reserve."

Meanwhile, a Noosa candidate has assured the Noosa public that he will be out to shake up the Noosa Council and the way it does things if he is elected on March 19.

Ken Coleman has challenged any notion that he would deliver more of the same as a councillor.

"Throughout this campaign, I have consistently emphasised the necessity for Noosa to change its attitude and approach to the future," Mr Coleman said.

"I have pointed out the glaring statistics which show Noosa heading for a crisis in youth emigration and small business failure unless (the) council changes the way it treats growth and innovation," he said.

"I have pointed out the need for greater emphasis to be placed on developing enterprises in the Hinterland. On Wednesday evening I made it clear that (the) council needs to change its attitude and become more flexible, transparent, and have more vision."

He pointed out he was the only candidate to raise the topic of the inefficiency of the community jury.


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