LIFT OFF: Member for Noosa Glen Elmes (seated) launches Small Business Week with (from left) Barrie Adams (Eumundi Chamber of Commerce president), Sarah Fisher (Noosa Chamber of Commerce vice-president) and John Siljuk (Peregian Beach Business Association president).
LIFT OFF: Member for Noosa Glen Elmes (seated) launches Small Business Week with (from left) Barrie Adams (Eumundi Chamber of Commerce president), Sarah Fisher (Noosa Chamber of Commerce vice-president) and John Siljuk (Peregian Beach Business Association president). Geoff Potter

De-amalgamation was never going to be a cheap option

THERE was never going to be a quick or cheap fix to forced amalgamation of Noosa Council to the rest of Sunshine Coast.

That is according to the Member for Noosa Glen Elmes who was responding to criticism of the ongoing de-amalgamation

costings.

Mr Elmes has assured Noosa residents that the de-amalgamation process is "being done in the fairest and most efficient way possible".

He said he was working closely with transfer manager Peter Franks to make sure "the cost comes in under the $13 million predicted by the Queensland Treasury Corporation".

He said the final bill would be more than the $4 million tipped by the Noosa Independence Alliance.

"Anyone who believed that unscrambling the Bligh Government takeover of Noosa was going to be either quick or cheap was mistaken," Mr Elmes said.

"The people of Noosa were aware when they voted for de-amalgamation that the reconstituted council would bear the cost.

"The size of the 'yes' vote indicated it was a cost they were prepared to bear. My promise to the people of Noosa is that the transfer team, headed by Peter Franks, is doing everything possible to keep that cost to a minimum," he said.

Mr Elmes said he was aware of concern that the Sunshine Coast Council was charging Noosa for work being done by staff in support of de-amalgamation.

"Under the guidelines set down, the Regional Council is certainly within its right to charge the new Noosa Council for this work," he said.

"That is not and never has been the intent. However, these costs will become a saving for the Sunshine Coast Council budget."

Meanwhile Member  for Noosa Glen Elmes is urging all Noosa residents and visitors as part of Small Business Week to embrace its buy locally campaign with enthusiasm.

"Small business is the life-blood of our local economy," Mr Elmes said.

"Every dollar we spend, as far as possible, should be for the good of our own local economy."

The aim for Queensland Small Business Week is to help local people start, grow or succeed in their businesses.

Small Business Week climaxes on Saturday, July 27 with Buy Locally.