Last night, around 250 people attended the Noosa Deamalgamation information session organised by the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce.
Cooroy Chamber of Commerce President Danielle Taylor said, “The audience was quite mixed with yes, no and undecided voters from across Noosa in attendance. It’s obviously quite a passionate topic but people were respectful to each other and the speakers. We got great feedback from attendees saying that it was a good forum.”
The Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson and Councillor Russell Green presented their respective cases (No and Yes) in their opening addresses. Questions were then taken from the floor.
Mayor Jamieson, speaking for the NO case, focussed on the costs of de-amalgamation to the residents of the former Noosa Shire as determined by the Queensland Treasury Corporation, together with the uncertainty that demalgamation would have on investor and consumer confidence in the region.
Councillor Russel Green, who has declared that he is a candidate for Mayor should de-amalgamation be successful, spoke about the loss of local engagement with the Noosa region, alternative interpretations of the Queensland Treasury Corporation, efficiencies that could be made from a Nossa Council servicing a more compact region and the residual desire of Noosa residents to have their say on whether to be part of an amalgamated council.
Listen here if you would like to hear the audio in detail of the two presentations.
Video interview of Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson with his thoughts at the conclusion on the information session.
Video interview of Sunshine Coast Councillor Russell Green with his thoughts at the conclusion on the information session.
Video interview of former Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot with his thoughts at the conclusion on the information session.