Mayor wants tighter-knit Coast MPs
A PUSH to have to region's three tiers of government more closely aligned is underway as the country awaits confirmation of our next Prime Minister.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson called for a resurrection of the Sunshine Coast First alliance to ensure better cohesion and less overlap between local, State and Federal Governments.
Both newly elected Federal MPs in Ted O'Brien (Fairfax) and Andrew Wallace (Fisher) campaigned heavily on a platform of collaboration, but were hesitant to commit to any formal group structure while voting remained in the balance.
"Strategies have to come before structure," Mr O'Brien said.
He said a clear strategy of what the region needed for the next 10, 20 and 30 years would help guide the short-term and said better cooperation amongst the private and business sectors was also necessary.
Cr Jamieson said the biggest challenge was often combating politics within the ruling party and said it was crucial for the future of the Coast that politicians at all three levels worked closely together to secure better outcomes.
Mr Wallace said it was too early to proceed with formal group structures while the election result was unknown, but agreed with the need for collaboration.
Maroochydore State MP Fiona Simpson said members from all three levels already worked well together.