One year in, Noosa mayor says council's on right track
NOOSA Mayor Tony Wellington says he's happy with the way the council's first year has gone, saying staff and councillors were all on the same page with regards to Noosa's forward trajectory.
"I think we had great success with our new vision statement, 'Noosa Shire - different by nature', which has been universally well received.” he said.
"Our minds are firmly set on building social capital, broadening the economy, preserving the natural environment, and maintain- ing the Noosa look and feel.
"If this is business as usual, then we're all going to be pretty busy for the next three years.
"Visually, we are keeping the public areas spick and span. Financially, council is on target, with my first bud- get maintaining (ex-mayor Playford's ) Noel's approach by ensuring a surplus, keeping rate rises close to CPI, and building our capacity through cash reserves.
"The broader Noosa economy is going well, particularly the tourism sector.
"There is considerable optimism amongst local businesses.
"The increased resourcing of our Economic Development Department will help facilitate the continued broadening of Noosa's economic base.”
He said highlights of the first year included:
- Winning the appeal case over Noosa Civic;
- Increasing support for bushcare groups;
- Appointing a wildlife officer to help with flying fox issues;
- Introducing new economic development grants;
- Assisting a range of scientific projects aimed at local koalas as well as marine biodiversity in the river;
- Working with the Cooroy community to bring the memorial hall back;
- Garnering a sizeable State grant towards the Peregian Digital Hub;
- Being awarded full funding for our two-year project preparing for the impacts of climate change and developing a biodiversity assessment report for the shire; and
- Concluding a $45 million waste contract; developing a response to the State's Green Paper on fisheries.