Jim Berardo, President of the Friends of Noosa (FON), said today that FON will remain actively engaged in both the transition process towards a new Noosa Council and in the lead-up to the election of the new Council members later this year.
Over 80% of residents voted in favour of the regions independence, demonstrating the strength of Noosa’s community spirit.
FON began the fight for independence and has continued throughout the last five years.
“We have always been a-political but worked very closely with Glen Elmes, Local MP for Noosa, to ensure that Noosa’s independence was part of the LNP’s election platform,” said Jim.
Mr. Berardo noted that people were understandably confused about the various organisations involved. The Noosa Independence Alliance (NIA) consisted of FON, the Noosa Parks Association (NPA), the Noosa Biosphere Association (NBA) and the Eumundi, Doonan and Verrierdale Association (EDV). The NIA’s sole objective was to achieve independence for Noosa so when that was achieved the Alliance was dissolved. Now the individual associations continue to operate in their own ways.
FON still has much work to accomplish and has resolved to keep the community informed as we transition to the new Council,” he added.
FON has four objectives that reinforce each other:
To maintain the balance between the natural and built environments
To promote a strong local economy
To foster an efficient Council
To enable community involvement in the above
FON will not promote specific candidates for the Council elections. Nor will members of the FON executive stand for office. However, we will actively seek the opinions and policies of candidates and try to get beyond the platitudes shedding light on what candidates really stand for. Noosa has the opportunity to be world-class but we need top-flight Councillors to realise that ambition.
Mr Berardo said that in listening to the community, their clear and succinct messages are repeated time and time again including:
A Council which is financially responsible
Concerns about the Noosa economy, especially jobs
The need for some younger councillors
The need for gender balance in the Council
FON will also keep in regular contact with Peter Franks, who is managing the transition to a new Noosa Council and plays a vital role in relation to budgets, staffing and the Council set up.
“We have already had a very informative and productive meeting with Peter,” said Jim. For details of this please refer to the FON website.
To the many members of FON they can be assured they will continue to be kept informed along with the broader Noosa community.
A general meeting of FON will be held on July 2, 2013 at the Noosa Surf Club commencing at 9:00am. The FON is encouraging all members and non-members to attend this important update.
Friends of Noosa meeting
Noosa Surf Club, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
July 2nd of 2013
Noosa Surf Club, Noosa Heads
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