Newman not sold on shire
A WEEK after the state Opposition promised local residents they would get their shire back, confusion has descended like fog over the state political scene.
Just days after the LiberalNational Party’s local government spokesman Howard Hobbs told an enthusiastic crowd at the Mossman Bowls Club that they would see the first steps towards de-amalgamation taken within 100 days of an LNP victory, his leader shot down the LNP’s commitment.
Campbell Newman, the elected leader of the LNP, last week said all current LNP policies would be “null and void” after he won pre-selection for the seat of Ashgrove.
“All policies that have previously been announced are essentially null and void and the new team will be then making announcements about policy,’’ Cr Newman said.
“We can very quickly put back on the table what’s in and what’s out.’’
Labor MP for Cook Jason O’Brien said the conflicting signals coming from the LNP hierarchy illustrated “the farce of the Campbell Newman coup”.
“The left hand still doesn’t know what the right hand is they created”. Mr Batchelor said de-amalgamation was achievable.
“All it takes is the will to do it, and the determination to see it through,” he said.
Last week, Mr Newman told media in Noosa that the reluctant Sunshine Coast Council amalgamation could be split up as long as it didn’t cost anything.
“If we’re elected we’ll have a boundary commission and I’m quite amenable to the idea of Noosa being excised back out of the Sunshine Coast,” he said.
“I have a couple of conditions though.
“I don’t want to cause a financial burden on the ratepayers of Noosa.
“They have to go in with their eyes open, and I don’t want it to be an inequity on the ratepayers on the rest of the Sunshine Coast.
“( De-amalgamation) needs to be done in a fair and equitable way that doesn’t see costs going onto one group in the Sunshine Coast community.”
Mr Newman’s office and LNP state HQ did not return calls from the Gazette.