Final words from retiring Bob Abbot
RETIRING Deputy Mayor Bob Abbot spoke at his last general committee meeting on Monday of the more than half a century of local government experience that Noosa will be losing when he and Mayor Noel Playford step down.
Cr Abbot, a former Noosa and Sunshine Coast mayor spoke at the positive review of the first council term: "I think the leadership in the political group has been absolutely critical to this.
"The work Noel has put into the money (side) in particular I think is absolutely the bottom line to me. It could have been different."
Cr Abbot said the council about to wind up has been a good balance between the new and "let's say the very old".
"I think it needs to be said this has been a team effort," Cr Abbot said.
"It's been an amazing trip - it's certainly convinced me that I've had enough of local government."
Mayor Playford said he felt like this interim council had finished its "start-up job" apart from a few minor things. Cr Playford said what has allowed the council to deliver on its promises is the vast experience of the council CEO Brett de Chastel.
"I'm not a screaming wreck, but I think I probably would have (been) if we hadn't had a CEO with huge capability," he said.
Cr Playford said Mr de Chastel was one of the keys and "I'm glad he's still going to be here and I'm not".
"The other thing which really made the difference, Bob ... if it had been like it was back in the days of war, and battles and so on, if you had a fragmented council, then it probably doubles what staff has to do.
"It wastes so much time it's unbelievable. Basically, it's not been like it used to be and we've always been focused on getting the best outcome," Cr Playford said.
He said the councillors have had their differences - and that this was "absolutely fine" that they do not always agree.
"It will be up to the new council to make sure that they pull together as a team."
Mr de Chastel said: "You guys (the council) should be very proud of what you've achieved."
He said the critical de-amalgamation process was "largely achieved in 18 months" which he said was "pretty astonishing".
Cr Frank Wilkie noted that: "In the terms of leadership we got two great mayors for the price of one."