People power prevails
By Grant Reynolds
People power has ruled the day with a residents' petition against a proposed Noosa Heads bus depot forcing council to look for an alternative location.
At Monday's General Committee Meeting, a split council voted against going ahead with the project after 736 petition signatures and 23 letters objecting to the Noosa Springs Drive landfill site were presented to council.
Council instead put forward a recommendation to support the establishment of a satellite bus depot but given the extent of the community objections decided to pursue alternative sites.
The options will be presented to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.
Councillors Russell Green and Frank Wilkie argued against the depot location, giving support for residents' concerns and a lack of community consultation.
However, councillor June Colley said it was important to get the project off the ground as soon as possible.
"To hold up the process and go looking for other sites could actually stop the building of this satellite bus depot for many years," she said.
Staff presented council with details of environmental precautions in the design and outlined their goal for a carbon-neutral bus fleet.
Works Planning manager Syd Jerram said staff had located four sites suitable for a satellite bus depot, but Cooyar Street was the only one that satisfied all criteria.
"It's important that we achieve an outcome of a bus depot somewhere in Noosa," he said.
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