Chamber alters stance on Civic

After revving up the Noosa Civic stage three application into over-drive, the Noosa Chamber of Commerce has now officially shifted gears to neutral.

At its monthly meeting this week, the chamber instead decided to conduct an open survey.

All local businesses, as well as members of the public, are encouraged to register a vote for or against one of Noosa’s most hotly discussed development applications, which would add 30,000 square metres of retail to Noosa Civic.

Chamber president Martin Bushell said in the coming weeks the chamber would tally the recorded voting on info@noosachamber.com.au and make the general consensus known.

The chamber copped a tonne of flak from regional retailers and some sections of the Noosa population for originally supporting developer Mark Stockwell’s stage three plan.

Sunshine Coast Regional Council has rejected the application and Mr Stockwell has lodged an appeal with the Planning and Environment Court. Mr Bushell said once council voted down Stockwell’s application, the chamber’s position lapsed.

“Although this will not impact on the appeal process, it will demonstrate the wider community’s wishes,” he said.

“Noosa Junction Traders (Association) stated to myself and John Murt, our secretary, (at the committee meeting) that if the public decision was in favour of Noosa Civic stage three, they would alter their stance to support it.

“It is their opinion that this would not happen.”

NJTA president Lorraine Marshall said the chamber had been left behind in this debate.

“I will be encouraging traders from the Junction, Noosaville and Tewantin to vote against the Civic. The chamber thinks it is just the Junction against this.”


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