On 9 March, Noosa residents have to vote on whether or not we de-amalgamate from the Sunshine Coast Council and form a new Noosa Council. To help with the decision process a public meeting providing information will be held at Cooroy Bowls Club on Tuesday, 12 February at 5.45pm for a 6.00pm start.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson will be in attendance speaking about the reasons to stay amalgamated (the NO vote) and Noosa Mayor aspirant, Cr. Russell Green will be in attendance speaking about the reasons to de-amalgamate (the YES vote). Both speakers will speak for 10 minutes and then answer questions from the floor.
“People are still confused or undecided about which way to vote and what it will mean to them,” Cooroy Chamber of Commerce President, Danielle Taylor said.
The Chamber decided to organise a public meeting with proponents of both the yes and no vote available to answer questions to enable everyone to get all the information they feel they need in order to make an informed decision when they go to vote.
“A common query we’ve heard recently is about who is going to run for the councillor and mayor positions if Noosa does de-amalgamate. People want to know who could potentially be running the new Noosa Council and to help them decide on whether to vote for de-amalgamation or not,” she added.
“We are also hearing concern about the state government recommendation not to include divisions if the vote is successful on 9 March and what that will mean for representation from the hinterland communities. The issue of a state government appointed administrator if the YES vote is successful will also be discussed. We are therefore urging anyone that is considering standing for a role in the new council to come along to the meeting and let people know of their intentions. It will also be a great chance for many locals to get the facts straight from both sides of the vote,” Ms. Taylor said.
The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide information about the de-amalgamation vote. However, there are currently several other topics which are also relevant to the people of the hinterland. Therefore, following the de-amalgamation discussions a presentation on the draft Rural Futures Strategy will be conducted by John Elliott, Policy Planning and Strategy Manager with Sunshine Coast Council. This is a draft strategy that applies to the hinterland region including the Noosa hinterland towns like Cooroy, Pomona and Kin Kin. Submissions with feedback on this strategy are due by 22 February.
To finalise proceedings, Sergeant Mal Scott from Cooroy Police Station will give an update about recent police activities and an update on recommendations for changes to parking spaces in Maple Street, Cooroy will be provided by Danielle Taylor on behalf of Cr Tony Wellington who is unable to attend.
De-amalgamation Information Night
Cooroy Bowls Club, Cooroy
12th of February
5.45pm for a 6pm start
Free Public Meeting
Cooroy Bowls Club, Cooroy
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