Noosa staff number may be known by next week

TRANSFER manager Peter Franks expected to know by Monday the number of staff who will shift to the new Noosa Council from January 1.

He said details of the number to be transitioned from Sunshine Coast Council may be tabled today at a meeting of the transfer committee.

Mr Franks said once he knew the details, he would hold discussions with those staff before releasing his own recommendations on how many actually would be needed to fill available roles at Noosa.

Noosa residents go to the polls on November 9 to elect a mayor and six councillors, who will represent the reborn local authority as a whole rather than by divisions.

The Services Union has said it will lobby Noosa Council candidates ahead of the vote, urging them to retain all staff transferred to guarantee customer service levels and to support the local economy.

The State Government vested Sunshine Coast Council CEO John Knaggs (pictured) with the authority to transfer 450 staff to the de-amalgamated council.

Former Sunshine Coast mayor Bob Abbot, who is standing for a Noosa Council position, has said he expected Mr Knaggs to play fair in determining the number.

But Sunshine Coast Council deputy mayor Chris Thompson said no-one should be surprised if the number was 450.

"We think it's fair and equitable and, indeed, it's consistent with the expectations of the Noosa community," Cr Thompson said.

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