Qld – Noosa Council

Local Council Election: 28 March 2020

Candidates

Phil Moran - What motivates you to stand for Council?

Phil Moran – What motivates you to stand for Council?

A strong desire to maintain our environment and lifestyleHaving lived in Noosa shire for 30 years and been entrenched in the community I feel I have the experience to contribute to shaping the future of our shire. I recognise and applaud the work of our predecessors who have protected Noosa from inappropriate development and I want to continue to get the balance right.Q&A courtesy Residents For Noosa Facebook Group ...
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Yanni van Zijl: Fixing Crumbling infrastructure or keeping a budget surplus – What’s more important to you?

Yanni van Zijl: Fixing Crumbling infrastructure or keeping a budget surplus – What’s more important to you?

Both. I don’t think we need a surplus as much as we need to live within our means and keep rate rises to a minimum. That might mean changing some of the priority areas of spending away from new spending to taking care of what we have.We have candidates promising all sorts of things that would have to be funded from increased rates or levies or taking funds away from current programmes. I’m not making any promises for spending.I see the demands of increasing tourism in both the coast and hinterland as a big issue when it comes to infrastructure ...
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Frank Wilkie - Will you seek to develop a Climate Emergency Action Plan in consultation with the community in time for the 2020-2021 Budget?

Frank Wilkie – Will you seek to develop a Climate Emergency Action Plan in consultation with the community in time for the 2020-2021 Budget?

If such a plan can include the actions in Noosa council’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan, Coastal Hazards Adaptation Plan, Zero Emissions Noosa 2026 and other climate change adaptation and response actions currently underway and planned, then it is worth considering as a means of integrating the work. (Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group) ...
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Yanni van Zijl - What connections to local business do you have? Do you think business interests should be placed above resident interests?

Yanni van Zijl – What connections to local business do you have? Do you think business interests should be placed above resident interests?

One is not more important than the other, we rely on the interaction between them. Council has to find a balance.I have been a small business operator and now work as a freelance artist so I understand the needs of small business. From yannivanzijl.com ...
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Tom Wegener - what motivates you to stand for council?

Tom Wegener – what motivates you to stand for council?

I used to frequent the IGA when it was on the corner and sort through scrap wood from the mill. I love that Cooroy has maintained its character and enhanced it through the re-use of the butter factory, the mill precinct, the new library, and especially the repairs to the Cooroy Hall. Similarly, in Pomona, I feel proud that the Majestic Theatre has been refurbished and the organ has been saved, and in Cooran, the Bonsai Brewhouse is breathing life into the old antique building. There is a set of values which the hinterland community shares which respects the past ...
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Frank Wilkie - what would your priorities be in your first term?

Frank Wilkie – what would your priorities be in your first term?

The priorities would include delivering a cutting edge fire management response including indigenous and high-tech knowledge, continuing the work which has dramatically improved access to hotspots in peak times via free and alternative transport and working collaboratively with industry and community groups to get the balance right when it comes to managing Noosa’s success as a tourism destination. I would also work collaboratively towards delivering quality projects like the Hinterland Adventure Playground, the zero litter to waterways program, upgrading the hinterland trails to becoming a world class network and fine tuning the new planning scheme all while maintaining a financially ...
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Frank Wilkie - what are Noosa's greatest challenges?

Frank Wilkie – what are Noosa’s greatest challenges?

The greatest challenge is the threat of fire to our people and property due to longer, hotter, drier summers and the impacts of climate change generally. The others hinge around strengthening and preserving the things we all love about Noosa while addressing the impacts of Noosa’s success as a tourist destination. (Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group) ...
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Frank Wilkie - what motivates you to stand for election?

Frank Wilkie – what motivates you to stand for election?

It’s a privilege to help others solve issues and achieve their aims. Having gained an understanding through work as a journalist of what makes our community unique, I feel compelled to uphold and improve upon Noosa’s points of difference for us and future generations. Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group ...
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Tony Wellington - what would be your priorities in your first term?

Tony Wellington – what would be your priorities in your first term?

I will be releasing specific policies gradually throughout the campaign.My overarching vision for Noosa couldn’t be clearer. My top priority is to protect the every elements that make Noosa Shire so special.Noosa is already recognised for its sensitive approach to development, respect for the natural environment, successful economic sector and enviable lifestyle for residents. Over the past four years I have been at pains to strengthen those values, whilst also ensuring that our economy continues to diversify so that we are not so reliant on the tourism sector. According to Lucid Economics and Economy.id, that approach is working, with Noosa ...
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Tony Wellington - what are Noosa's greatest challenges?

Tony Wellington – what are Noosa’s greatest challenges?

The biggest challenge facing Noosa is the same enormous challenge that faces the planet, and that is climate change. Under my mayoralty, Noosa Council has become a national leader in responding to this challenge. We are the only Queensland Council to declare a climate emergency. We have set a zero emissions target. We have full time Carbon Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation officers. Council’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan and its Coastal Hazards Adaptation Plan are almost complete. We were founding members of the Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership which now boasts more than 120 local governments who, collectively, represent more ...
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Tony Wellington - what motivates you to stand for election?

Tony Wellington – what motivates you to stand for election?

I love this shire. Indeed, it’s the best place on the planet, and the elements that make it so special need to be vociferously and consistently defended. Before being elected to the amalgamated Sunshine Coast Council I was on the frontline of the de-amalgamation campaign. I have consistently worked on behalf of Noosa residents in community organisations, as a Councillor and as Mayor. My greatest wish is to continue to serve this wonderful community. Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group ...
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Amelia Lorentson - What would your priorities be in your first term?

Amelia Lorentson – What would your priorities be in your first term?

To understand my duties and responsibilities as a Councillor and to learn Council procedures and processes.To review and resubmit the New Noosa Plan for approval from StateTo complete and implement an Asset Management Plan to prioritise funding for important infrastructure such as stormwater drainage roads, bridges, buildings and revetment wallsTo Investigate the details of the $1million Federal governments injection to help Noosa more fire resilient.Engage with residents in high risk bushfire communities, to identify projects and initiative to be included in the works program.(Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group) ...
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Amelia Lorentson - What are Noosa's Greatest Challenges?

Amelia Lorentson – What are Noosa’s Greatest Challenges?

Environment- we need to protect our lifestyle and environment. Coastal erosion must be addressed. We need to address our landfill problems.Tourism- recognition of the importance of tourism to the local economy and accepting that the emergence of short-term rentals (Air BnB) in residential areas will need to be managed to protect residential amenity and community spirit.(Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group) ...
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Yanni van Zijl - What would your priorities be in your first term?

Yanni van Zijl – What would your priorities be in your first term?

My priorities include responsible spending and limiting increases in rates to matching the CPI; our natural environment and ensuring that future development adheres to environmental standards and the provisions in the Noosa Plan; balancing the needs of residents with those of tourism; encouraging a diverse and prosperous economy with innovation and sustainability. Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group) ...
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Amelia Lorentson - What motivates you to stand for election?

Amelia Lorentson – What motivates you to stand for election?

I am motivated by PURPOSE. My priority as a Councillor is to deliver solutions to environmental, social and economic challenges that lie ahead for Noosa. (Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group) ...
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Yanni van Zijl - What are Noosa's greatest challenges?

Yanni van Zijl – What are Noosa’s greatest challenges?

The next decade will see visitor numbers grow at a rate much higher than the Noosa resident population. This will have major implications and will take careful planning. We are at a crossroads, with a new Noosa Plan in the wings that will guide how our shire will look and feel over the coming decade and we need to find a balance between the sometimes competing needs of residents and the tourism industry. (Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group) ...
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Yanni Van Zijl - What motivates you to stand for election?

Yanni Van Zijl – What motivates you to stand for election?

I am standing for Council because I want to defend those things that set Noosa apart; our lifestyle, our commitment to resist big city symbols like high rise, traffic lights, and over the top signage. These things make Noosa special, as does our care for the natural environment, and a focus on making this a wonderful place to visit, live in and to do business. (Q&A courtesy of Residents for Noosa Facebook Group) ...
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Nathanael Ford on Climate

Nathanael Ford on Climate

Nathanael Ford is running for Noosa Council in 2020. Climate change is a thing, the councils (Climate Emergency) declaration was supported by me, however, I would have liked to see an action plan put in place as part of the declaration ...
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Patrick Lloyd on Climate

Patrick Lloyd on Climate

(Noosa Council's Climate Emergency Declaration was) Nothing but virtue signalling when the focus should be on rubbish and roads. via Noosa Community Ideas Facebook Group ...
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David Fletcher on Climate

David Fletcher on Climate

I believe in climate change and agree that there must be urgent action to prepare the community for it. I applaud the council for declaring a climate emergency; however, they proposed no practical local action about how it would assist the community to deal with it, whether it involves threats from fires, flood or coastal erosion. I believe the council needs to be directly involved on the how's and what to do's and what is required for personal planning if residents need to leave their homes for example. I believe that we have to engage with the council to communicate ...
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