STILL FIGHTING: Johanne Wright leads a protest against Sunshine Coast Council’s decision to stop Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs residents from joining Noosa Shire.
STILL FIGHTING: Johanne Wright leads a protest against Sunshine Coast Council’s decision to stop Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs residents from joining Noosa Shire. Geoff Potter

Residents' angered by being stuck with Coast Council

RESIDENTS in Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs have vowed to fight on despite an announcement they will not be allowed to leave the Sunshine Coast Council region.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has doused the hopes of those among the 6000 residents living in these areas who want to join the Noosa Council.

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

The president of residents group EDV, Johanne Wright, says early surveys indicate the figure is about the same.

In a surprise move, Cr Jamieson introduced a mayoral minute at the Ordinary Meeting yesterday to get councillors' views on whether the towns should be allowed to separate from the Coast.

The unanimous vote was they should not.

Cr Jamieson argued that enough was enough and the region deserved "the opportunity to get on with the job without any further destabilisation".

Ms Wright was not surprised by the council's decision, but frustrated at the "pre-emptive nature of it".

"I met with the Mayor and CEO (John Knaggs) informally two or three weeks ago," she said.

"We discussed the fact we would need a formal submission to the council and we were looking at research and pulling together all the information so he could make an informed decision.

"He said he would like to have a submission by the end of August and we were working towards that.

"This came out of the blue. It smacks of no consideration of what the residents up here think."

Ms Wright felt it would have been a "courtesy" for the Mayor to wait until the submission had been made.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli indicated on July 13 he would support boundary realignment if both councils approved, and he hoped to have a clear indication by April next year.

Noosa mayor Noel Playford declined to comment.

MARK JAMIESON EXPLAINS WHY EDV CAN'T DEFECT:

it adds further disruption to our community as a whole after six years of upheaval generated by the 2008 amalgamation and the subsequent 2014 deamalgamation

It potentially erodes business confidence in the region and undermines our ability to present the region as a stable and progressive location for new investment

It is already creating division, instability and uncertainty within and between communities, which in itself poses one of the biggest challenges to community well-being and economic growth.


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