PAY UP: Noosa’s refuse tip will still be used by the Sunshine Coast Council after January next year – and be charged for it.
PAY UP: Noosa’s refuse tip will still be used by the Sunshine Coast Council after January next year – and be charged for it. FILE

Restructured council system must be ready by December

TO AVOID a Queensland Health style computer payroll meltdown, Noosa transfer manager Peter Franks has told his IT to have a new council system fully operational by December 1.

That is a full month ahead of the due date the Noosa Council is reborn and Mr Franks is opting for a "cloud" style IT Noosa network where information is stored offsite.

"The critical thing with the whole IT - we've got to have the project actually working," Mr Franks said in Cooroy last week.

" People running the team are throwing their hands up - I've told them I want it running the 1st of December.

"We've all seen what happened to Queensland Health. We're focussing on what's critical and what we have to have up and running so that we can operate," he said.

Asked at the bowls club public meeting about the assets split up between the new Noosa Council and the Sunshine Coast, Mr Franks said:

"The Noosa community got the vote on de-amalgamation - the Sunshine Coast got no say in it at all."

Mr Franks said like in every marriage - even a shotgun marriage - when you get divorced, you don't look at what you put in, but what's left to take out.

He said the Noosa and Coast councils have to identify what the assets are and what the Coast's need to continue operations.

"And then we get the balance - that sounds worse than it really is, " Mr Franks said.

He said Noosa will get its share of assets like graders and loaders.

"The Coast council has indicated it will still need to use the Noosa (landfill) facility and they will be charged at full commercial rates. Likewise Noosa recyclables will go down in to the Coast facilities and will be charged at the full recyclable rates," Mr Franks said.

Mr Franks said he would like to see the two councils continue to share the actual regional library borrowing system with Noosa and Cooroy library buildings reverting back to the new council.


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