PUSH: Johanne Wright.
PUSH: Johanne Wright.

Splinter group says Council row irrelevant

QUESTIONS raised about the state of Noosa Shire Council's finances has not deterred the EDV Residents Group from its push to have the council boundaries changed.

Membership of the group continues to grow as residents from Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs throw their support behind a push to switch to Noosa Council despite Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson declaring there would be no boundary realignment.

EDV president Johanne Wright said the stoush between the two councils over $20 million was "not relevant to our issue".

"De-amalgamation, to me, is a very separate issue to a boundary change," she said.

"The issue we are focusing on is whether this change is what the residents want."

A poll in 2004 showed more than 80% of the residents living in the EDV area supported joining Noosa.

Mrs Wright said the group continued to send information out to residents in the lead-up to another poll to gauge opinion.

"Some of us passionately want this change and a small number might be against it, but there are so many that aren't sure," she said.

"This is what democracy is all about."

After a unanimous vote by Sunshine Coast councillors, Cr Jamieson said the region deserved "the opportunity to get on with the job without any further destabilisation".