Sunday, 10 March 2013

Noosa to have own council back

Noosa to have own council back 


Free Noosa supporters vowed to hoist the old council flag over theTewantin council chambers again, while the Sunshine Coast's mayor says the region will continue to thrive despite the split.NOOSA is set to have its own council again with almost 80% of residents backing the campaign against amalgamation.
With more a half of the vote counted, about 80% were in support of the split.
Elsewhere in the state, there was also support for the old Douglas, Mareeba, and Livingston areas to have smaller, more personalised councils. But the votes were closer with about a 60 to 40 split.
In a final post on the Free Noosa site, former Noosa mayor Noel Playford said the old Noosa Council flag was a potent symbol for what locals had been fighting for.
"We can all see it, proudly held aloft, in a small ceremony at the Tewantin Council chambers in Pelican Street at 6.30 on Saturday night.
 "This will be the start of a celebration across Noosa shire that's been five years coming.

"The Boronia Keysii shrub was thought to be extinct, until it was discovered in 1971 by that legend of Noosa conservation, Arthur Harrold, in the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park.
"The Key's Boronia flower is now on the Noosa flag that we will hold proudly on Saturday night, and it will represent a community spirit that the government and the Sunshine Coast Council hoped was extinct.''
The reaction from across the rest of the Coast was not so generous from some.
Some were angry they did not have a say in the decision given the split could cost all ratepayers, according to the regional council.
But the Noosa Greens were full of praise for the restoration of democracy.
"So many people to thank: Noel Playford, Glenn Elmes, Bob Ansett, Tony Wellington, Russell Green, Frank & Jo Ball, Johanne Wright, Jim Berado,'' the Greens tweeted today.

source:
www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au