Noel Playford.
Noel Playford. Geoff Potter

Playford to guide new Noosa Council

A LIVE band, dancing, clapping and cheering marked the celebration party for Noosa's mayor-elect Noel Playford.

But while the face of the Noosa de-amalgamation campaign secured a resounding victory on Saturday night, he returned early yesterday to scrutineer the uncounted councillor votes.

Mr Playford did not respond to phone calls from The Daily yesterday, however his speech to supporters at his party highlighted his dedication to reviving the gloss of pre-amalgamation Noosa.

"I'm really proud to be part of this community, and I'm really proud there are so many people who are so determined to get back what they lost six years ago," Mr Playford said in a video on his Facebook page.

Mr Playford secured 78.55% of mayoral votes, easily accounting for rival, Dr Patricia Petersen, with 21.45%.

About 29,797 voters, out of 35,000, turned out to have their say in the council election - a respectful 83.82%.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson was among the first to congratulate Mr Playford on "a convincing win".

"I'm confident we'll be able to work together in the best interests of the region," Mr Jamieson said. "It's important for the Sunshine Coast Council and the Noosa Council to work in a spirit of co-operation and goodwill - and that's the approach I will take."

Do you think Sunshine Coast and Noosa councils will be able to work together?

This poll ended on 12 November 2013.

Current Results

Yes - it's important for the growth of both regions


Yes - but I think it will be a struggle for both


No - I see Noosa and Sunshine Coast councils keeping their distance


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Mr Playford's wife Diana noted her husband had "come down with a cold" and was "having difficulty talking", but even that didn't deter him from setting off from home early to be involved in counting. He credited his wife with ensuring he took up the mayoral fight.

"She was the driving force and said, 'Look, you've promised all these things, and if there isn't some experience on the new council at the beginning, then you won't be able to walk down the street if it doesn't work out, because you promised, now you better deliver'," he told party guests.

Mr Playford's victory was largely expected: he served as mayor of the pre-amalgamation council for nine years from 1988, and was the face of the Noosa de-amalgamation referendum, which garnered 80% support.

The six councillors are yet to be decided, but former Noosa and Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot will secure a position, as will Sunshine Coast Division 12 councillor Tony Wellington, Clean Up Australia co-ordinator Joe Jurisevic and former Noosa councillor Frank Pardon.

Mr Abbot could not be reached for comment.



Councillor results

(16 booths counted of 17)

(Six councillors required)

1. Bob Abbot 12.81%

2. Tony Wellington 10.06%

3. Joe Jurisevic 8.69%

4. Frank Pardon 7.47%

5. Sandra Leigh Bolton 6.83%

6. Frank Wilkie 6.82%