MAYOR Mark Jamieson has backed his new direction saying that his elected team is working hard with the "utmost integrity" to secure investment to kick start the Coast economy.
Cr Jamieson was responding to claims by just-retired Sunshine Coast councillor Vivien Griffin that Jamieson-led council was quickly heading back to the bad old days of the Maroochy Council.
"As the leader of the council team, I want to put on the public record that all Sunshine Coast councillors behave honestly, honourably and with the utmost integrity," Cr Jamieson said.
"This is a fresh, new team, with a new direction, and while some people would prefer to live in the past, we are working hard to attract investment to create jobs, while protecting the environment and lifestyle.
"One of the first commitments the new council has made is to retain the previous council's vision to become Australia's most sustainable region."
Cr Jamieson said this was a serious commitment and the sustainability principles and values will compliment the decision making on the new planning scheme.
"A sustainable environment and a sustainable economy, which includes encouraging appropriate investment to create employment in the region long term. I've said from day one that a united approach will deliver the best outcomes for the region," Cr Jamieson said.
"(Noosa Councillors) Russell (Green) and Tony (Wellington) are valuable members of that team, and they have been, and will be effective advocates for their division and the region as a whole.
"I have full confidence they will hold their own in any debate on planning."
The Mayor said Noosa Iconic Panel has been given an important role to play in the draft new planning scheme.
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