NOOSA de-amalgamation campaigner Noel Playford.
NOOSA de-amalgamation campaigner Noel Playford. Che Chapman

Gympie not part of plans

THE State Government has dropped a bombshell on the hopes of districts south of Gympie that have lobbied hard to become part of a de-amalgamated Noosa council, should it happen.

Local Government Minister David Crisafulli met with Noosa Independence Alliance leaders including former Noosa mayor Noel Playford last Friday and told them de-amalgamation would be based on the old Noosa Shire boundaries only.

This excludes Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and surrounding areas that want to be part of the new Noosa council.

A boundary review commissioner will be appointed to examine the situation in the next two weeks but will not be empowered to investigate the inclusion of any new areas in the Noosa boundary.

Mr Crisafulli said he wanted a de-amalgamation model that could be implemented elsewhere in the state if local communities felt strongly enough about the previous state government's forced amalgamations.

He said it would be far too messy a process if a boundary commissioner had to look at adding "bits and pieces" here and there to any newly split shire.

Mr Playford said it had always been the preferred option to seek a slightly expanded new Noosa council joining with Eumundi, Verrierdale, Doonan and possibly Peregian Springs.

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