Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli.
Minister for Local Government David Crisafulli. Valerie Horton

Alliance bucks push for residents to divorce Coast council

BATTLE lines are forming around the push for Eumundi, Verrierdale and Doonan districts to be included inside Noosa Council boundaries.

However, a new group called the Sunshine Coast Alliance, made up of fourth and fifth generation residents, has formed to oppose the bid.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli has made clear any change could only occur with the support of both councils.

Organiser, chairman and local businessman and property owner Steve Bennett said the new group had already attracted 60 members without advertising.

Most were business people and land owners concerned about what Mr Bennett described as Noosa Council's stringent conditions on business.

He said there were also heritage, cultural and historical links to the Sunshine Coast Council that were strong and dated back more than 100 years.

Mr Bennett has demanded that any vote to shift the boundaries to encompass the three districts should be inclusive of all Sunshine Coast residents.

"We are so disgusted at what they are trying to do," he said.

The Sunshine Coast Alliance's objectives are "to protect the culture, lifestyle, economy and biodiversity of the communities of Eumundi, Doonan and Verrierdale in alliance with the Sunshine Coast Council".

Mr Bennett said the association was in response to a ground swell of residents against the proposed EDV plan, which includes the regions in the Noosa Council.

Sunshine Coast Council has indicated it does not support the change.

Johanne Wright, head of proponents for a boundary change, said opposition to her push came from those who hated Noosa Council, those who think if "it ain't broke don't fix it" and are happy with the level of rates they are being charged, and those with a self-interest.

She said surveys commissioned by her group and data analysis conducted by Dr Ted Fitzgerald had found both a strong community of interest with Noosa and 80% in favour of a boundary change.

Ms Wright said the methodology came with a 95% confidence level.



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