Noosa is on the brink of a new chapter!
This weekend, over 80% of Noosa people voted YES to de-amalgamate from the Sunshine Coast Council and to once again take up the right to control their own destiny.
Partying in the street, cheering, flag flying, everybody smiling, hugging and kissing each other. Congratulations all round! We can breathe again.
Noosa recently received a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the polls and cast their vote to stay within the boundaries of the super city that is the Sunshine Coast or split and go it alone – back to previous Noosa Shire boundaries and personalised, community governance. This in itself was an incredible achievement, made possible only because of a dedicated and hugely passionate group of Noosa people who have worked tirelessly and diligently for 5 years to bring about this process. After that, it was up to the people of Noosa to decide, and decide they did!
Everyone that loves and enjoys Noosa for what it is should be eternally grateful for their efforts.
People power has spoken – it’s an amazing thing when it happens! Gives you the faith that if you truly believe in something and are passionate and focussed and dedicated to the cause – great things can be achieved and wrongs can be righted, even against huge odds.
When Noosa and other Qld councils were forced to relinquish their right to govern themselves 5 years ago in an undemocratic act of breathtaking arrogance by the Beattie/Bligh government, Noosa said ….‘WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!’ and they didn’t. Noosa along with Douglas Shire, Mareeba Shire and Livingstone Shire have all fought long and hard and have all now forged back the right to make local decisions for their local community and to manage their own destiny. They are not cities. They are all about community, not bureaucracy! Bigger is not always better.
The road ahead to independence will certainly not be easy but the challenges in achieving local democracy will always be worth the effort so that we can return to genuine local decision making and community engagement, and all those people that love Noosa can continue to enjoy its unspoilt beauty and special charm now and forever.
For more visit www.friendsofnoosa.org