Noosa Electorate’s New Boundaries

Wednesday 1 March 2017

I have proudly represented my electorate of Noosa for more than 10 years and I am saddened to potentially lose several communities as part of this major redistribution, the first of its kind in decades.

Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale, Weyba Downs, Peregian Springs and parts of Peregian could well be moved to a new Sunshine Coast electoral district called Ninderry.

I have looked after these wonderful neighbourhoods for a long time and have many friends and associations with residents who work very hard to look after community and environmental groups, sporting groups, service clubs, business and school groups to grow and prosper.

It has been an honour to serve all of those that I will potentially lose, however the Coast is a small place and I will be visiting from time to time. Eumundi primary was the very first school to welcome me as State Member and from the day of my first visit I have been touched by their spirit and dedication for excellence. Recently I have worked closely with Coolum High School on their master plan and am pleased that while the school may no longer be in my electorate we have made significant gains for their future. I have also watched in awe the phenomenal growth and success of St Andrews Anglican College, a community that continues to go from strength to strength.

Should this draft proposal come to pass, the Noosa Electorate will become home to the communities of Cooran, and Kin Kin. In my time in both the Parliament and prior to that working in radio in both Gympie and Noosa, I got to know these communities well, and if they do become a part of the Noosa Electorate I look forward to working with them and serving them as best I can.

In what has been a surprise to many, Rainbow Beach has also been included in the proposed Noosa Electorate splitting them from Tin Can Bay and the rest of the Gympie Regional Council area. While I understand the Commission may have imagined travel between Noosa and Rainbow Beach to be simple, travel between the two is actually very difficult, be it via the Beach at low tide or the unsealed road of Cooloola Way. The alternate U-Shaped journey through Gympie would take at least an hour and a half to Noosa with light traffic.

Since the release of the draft proposal I have been speaking with State Member for Gympie Tony Perrett and members of the Rainbow Beach community. Regardless of where the Redistribution Commission finally decides that Rainbow Beach will be placed, both Tony Perrett and I will be honoured to represent this community in the Parliament if chosen.