Future Noosa council candidate Andrew Squires says that the general talk and vague promises about building a more diverse economy in Noosa must be leveraged into more action.
“At every election in Noosa there’s a lot of talk about economic diversity,” he said,” but typically this is followed by not much action. We believe we can change that for the better.
“Noosa needs a diverse economy because the great reliance on tourism makes it hard to cope with downturns in the Australian economy, such as that of 2008 which had a shattering impact on our community.”
Mr Squires said Future Noosa candidates have developed a five-point action plan which they will urge the council to implement if they are elected in March.
“The plan involves an expansion of the council’s two-person economic development unit, which is totally inadequate and shows the present council’s lethargic approach to business,” he said.
“We will give a clear mandate to assist small business and remove red tape and roadblocks.
“The recent policy announcements on short term letting and signage has made doing business in the shire even harder and is indicative of the council’s lack of understanding of business needs.”
Mr Squires said the plan will also develop performance targets for the economic development unit to attract appropriate new business to the shire, especially in the hinterland.
“In addition, we will establish a regular high level consultation mechanism to ensure that the council and business work as partners not as distant cousins,” he said.
The final point in the plan is to establish a council ombudsman, available to residents and businesses alike, to ensure that complaints and bottlenecks in council processes are dealt with quickly and fairly.
“Noosa Council must do much more to facilitate the growth of diverse business in the shire,” Mr Squires said.
Future Noosa’s 5-Point Plan
1 - Expand the council’s two-person economic development unit
2 - Assist small business by removing red tape and roadblocks
3 - Attract new business to the shire, especially the hinterland
4 - Regular consultation between business leaders and the council
5 - Establish a council ombudsman to help resolve complaints