MAYOR COMMENT: My figures were right in the split

COMMENT BY MAYOR MARK JAMIESON: I'M SURE many of you would have read the stories about the full cost of Noosa's de-amalgamation over the past few days.

The Queensland Government Audit Office report and the subsequent parliamentary committee examination of that report show the real cost to be at least $10.2 million ($8 million more than estimated by Free Noosa).

That $10.2 million is close to the $13.6 million put forward by the Queensland Treasury Corporation before the de-amalgamation vote, which is same figure I used to explain the issue in the lead-up to the poll.

Queensland Treasury Corporation figures also show Noosa should expect about $40 million as a cash transfer when the council de-amalgamated.

As it turned out, following the methodology set down by the de-amalgamation transfer committee - the final figure came in at just over $40 million.

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Does this matter any more I hear you ask? Well it does now because Noosa has asked for an extra $20 million on top of the money which has already been transferred.

Sunshine Coast Council has followed to the letter the de-amalgamation implementation regulation, the transfer committee's agreed position papers and the QTC's financial methodology.

The Minister for Local Government quite rightly said before the de-amalgamation vote that the ratepayers of the Sunshine Coast wouldn't have to pay a cent if the split went ahead.

If this request for a $20 million donation to Noosa was approved it would cost every ratepayer on the Sunshine Coast $150.

As you would know in recent columns I've shone the spotlight on worthwhile community groups and charities.

This week I'd like to focus on Maroochy Waterwatch in Nambour.

Maroochy Waterwatch is an award-winning, community-based organisation engaged in the protection and enhancement of the Maroochy River catchment.

It's involved in many strategic planning activities and has a strong volunteer workforce actively improving Maroochy River and surrounds.

Its team of scientists, land managers and environmental educators deliver environmental programs which cover a broad spectrum of initiatives.


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