Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AF­TER five years of un­flag­ging re­sis­tance, Noosa voted it­self to free­dom from the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil with a land­slide ma­jor­ity vote.

For the ma­jor­ity that voted ‘‘yes’’, their mark on the bal­lot pa­per was never about what they could or could not af­ford to pay in rates, it was about their low-key nat­u­ral and built en­vi­ron­ment and spe­cial life­style that had been es­tab­lished over many decades.

The com­mu­nity was passionate about hav­ing their right to self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and proved con­clu­sively that res­i­dents wanted to get Noosa’s voice back ‘‘loud and clear’’.

Most are qui­etly con­fi­dent that in de-amal­ga­mat­ing they will re­ceive bet­ter ser­vices in the new Noosa Coun­cil and a smaller rate rise than what the big­ger Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil would have set.

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