TWO members of the Noosa Shire Residents and Ratepayers Asso
TWO members of the Noosa Shire Residents and Ratepayers Association who do not share John Lobb's negative de-amalgamation views have spoken out against the vote to refuse his membership renewal.
Tony Haslam, who is also the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association president, said he did not support the non-renewal vote, and thought the expulsion move was "appalling". "I disagree with what he's saying, but I support his right to say it," Mr Haslam said.
The NSRRA meeting last Thursday was asked if the vote would be by all the membership, but president Brian Stockwell said "only those who are here tonight, and financial members" would have the final say.
Wanda Jardine asked if this vote was "denying freedom of speech".
She said she was "very ashamed" that the matter had "got this far".
Mr Lobb, who lives at Peregian Springs, outside the reformed Noosa Shire, is not entitled to full voting membership.
Mr Stockwell said: "It's important that we do have different views in the community, and there's nothing the committee wishes to argue about, with John in terms of his right to say what he says, and have different views to the association. The reason why the management committee did not wish to renew his membership was the fact that he could only qualify as a supporter of the organisation, and our assessment of the accumulative actions was that he failed to support the objectives of the Noosa Residents and Ratepayers," he said.
Mr Stockwell said the association had members who were offended by Mr Lobb's statements and "so we had to act in the interests of all".