Noosa Council has announced it will be applying to join the Southeast Queensland (SEQ) Council of Mayors, in an effort to support the organisation and strengthen Noosa’s collaboration with other local councils.
The application follows the SEQ Council of Mayors’ successful bid for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Noosa Mayor, Clare Stewart, said it was important Noosa strengthened its collaboration with other local councils in the south-east.
“Noosa’s involvement is long overdue, and councillors feel we need to broaden our engagement with other councils and be part of future discussions on a range of issues impacting the shire,” Mayor Stewart said.
“SEQ Council of Mayors have done a tremendous job on a number of matters in recent years, including playing a pivotal role in securing the Olympic Games.
“Understandably this once in a generation event has the potential to accelerate investment in transport, infrastructure, tourism and so much more across the south-east and it’s time Noosa supported the work of this organisation.”
At a General Committee meeting, Noosa councillors were united in their support to apply to the SEQ Councils of Mayors organisation.
Mayor Stewart said the $35,000 annual membership should be considered as an investment in the shire’s future.
“Previous Noosa Councils decided not to be part of the SEQ Council of Mayors and that was their choice, but we consider collaboration and robust dialogue with other councils as vital.
“We need to work as one SEQ region to deliver better outcomes for the business sector and wider community.”
Mayor Stewart said more than ever all South East Queensland councils needed to stand together to lobby for further funding from the Federal and State Governments.
“Working with other councils provides an opportunity to raise issues with the group, who can advocate on our behalf and amplify our lobbying voice to the State and Federal Government,” Mayor Stewart said.
“The 2032 Games are a golden opportunity for our Council to work more closely with other SEQ local governments and to advocate to the State and Federal Government to improve regional connectivity across the Sunshine Coast and secure state of the art community and sporting facilities.”