Submission in ministers hands
NOOSA'S bid for council freedom got a wriggle on as local MP Glen Elmes and former mayor Noel Playford drove to Brisbane in a big red car stacked with about 9270 postcards from locals demanding de-amalgamation.
Shortly after 1pm on Tuesday, a band of Free Noosa volunteers, including former Noosa Council CEO Bruce Davidson and town planner Paul Summers, waved the two off on what many see as a mercy mission to the local government minister.
Their mission to minister David Crisafulli's office seeks a boundary review to separate from Sunshine Coast Council.
Mr Elmes, who has spent the last five years devoted to Noosa's local government autonomy, joked he chose a red car "because it will get there faster".
Wednesday was the deadline set by the LNP State Government for any council in Queensland to make a detailed submission with the signatures of 20% of eligible voters from former council areas required to be attached.
In the case of Noosa, it required about 7000 people.
Those who signed share a belief the Coast's regional council was out of touch with their desires and hopes for keeping Noosa largely free of big-city symbols and at a scale that will not overwhelm the natural environment.
Mr Playford paid tribute to the hard work by volunteers to both collect all the postcards and for the experts to put together the submissions.
"That was a lot of work for a lot of volunteers and that's terrific, but it was just a hurdle we had to get over, really. Others (in local government) were asked to do it. So we were asked to do it as well, but this (submission) is the guts of it.
"We have two copies of the submission in there - all on CDs - the financial model, the whole box and dice."
Mr Playford and Mr Elmes have no doubt the submission, which was still being fine-tuned on Monday morning, would pass muster with Mr Crisafulli, who would then grant a review by boundary commissioner Colin Meng and eventually a vote on de-amalgamation.
"It's pretty obvious the minister is going to refer this to the commissioner - if he doesn't refer ours, he's not going to refer anybody's, so why have a commissioner?" Mr Playford said.
"That will be the most professional one that the minister gets from about the dozen council areas that said they were going to put submissions in. Ours is obviously a compelling case...it will be the most compelling case the minister gets."
Mr Playford said when Mr Meng came to town would be when "the talking really starts". The Queensland Treasury Corporation will assess the submission.