Matters

Noosa’s STA ‘cowboys’ still riding free

About 1500 dwellings continue to be offered for short term rent in Noosa without approval.  That’s right –  200 more than were operating unregistered and unapproved in February this year at the time of the Local Law review, according to

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Councillor reprimand over Lions Park battle

Noosa councillor Brian Stockwell has been officially reprimanded for breaching the Councillor Code of Conduct. The reprimand came from council at Thursday’s Ordinary Meeting following an itemised confidential discussion between councillors. Cr Stockwell had been reported to the Office of

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From minor to major for unregistered STA

A hinterland short-term accommodation (STA) provider – which has not yet even registered under Noosa Council’s new STA Local Law 10 – has applied for a “minor” change to increase the number of people it can accommodate. The business received

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Battling the myth of ‘gentle density’ in Noosa

Gentle density. The State Government should use a cynical smirk emoji when it employs the term. In Noosa’s case, it’s a euphemism that represents the last nail in the coffin for our commitment to the planning strategy colloquially known as

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Swanning about in the gender pool

There are numerous historical examples of how the once male-dominated world of biological sciences imposed its gender bias onto the animal kingdom. One only has to go back a couple of decades to find examples where scientists were blind to

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Finally, a plan for a better river

Imagine our Noosa River has a giant dam built across it.  Not a concrete dam, but one just as solid…built of bureaucracy, indecision and stagnation.  This dam prevents us from fixing the river’s worsening problems.  It prevents Noosa Council from

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“Too many fire engines” and too many levies

If you have young children or grandchildren, you may have been introduced to the episode of Thomas and Friends titled “Too many fire engines”.   I am quietly suspicious that this episode may have been written right here in Noosa.

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Right housing idea, wrong place

Despite an impassioned speech by Cr Amelia Lorentson, an application to approve a 32-dwelling community and affordable housing project in Cooroy, Noosa Council voted 5:2 to reject it, following the staff recommendation. The proposal was designed to offer affordable accommodation

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Noosa’s STA ‘cowboys’ still riding free

About 1500 dwellings continue to be offered for short term rent in Noosa without approval.  That’s right –  200 more than were operating unregistered and unapproved in February this year at the time of the Local Law review, according to

READ MORE

Councillor reprimand over Lions Park battle

Noosa councillor Brian Stockwell has been officially reprimanded for breaching the Councillor Code of Conduct. The reprimand came from council at Thursday’s Ordinary Meeting following an itemised confidential discussion between councillors. Cr Stockwell had been reported to the Office of

READ MORE

From minor to major for unregistered STA

A hinterland short-term accommodation (STA) provider – which has not yet even registered under Noosa Council’s new STA Local Law 10 – has applied for a “minor” change to increase the number of people it can accommodate. The business received

READ MORE

Battling the myth of ‘gentle density’ in Noosa

Gentle density. The State Government should use a cynical smirk emoji when it employs the term. In Noosa’s case, it’s a euphemism that represents the last nail in the coffin for our commitment to the planning strategy colloquially known as

READ MORE

Swanning about in the gender pool

There are numerous historical examples of how the once male-dominated world of biological sciences imposed its gender bias onto the animal kingdom. One only has to go back a couple of decades to find examples where scientists were blind to

READ MORE

Finally, a plan for a better river

Imagine our Noosa River has a giant dam built across it.  Not a concrete dam, but one just as solid…built of bureaucracy, indecision and stagnation.  This dam prevents us from fixing the river’s worsening problems.  It prevents Noosa Council from

READ MORE

“Too many fire engines” and too many levies

If you have young children or grandchildren, you may have been introduced to the episode of Thomas and Friends titled “Too many fire engines”.   I am quietly suspicious that this episode may have been written right here in Noosa.

READ MORE

Right housing idea, wrong place

Despite an impassioned speech by Cr Amelia Lorentson, an application to approve a 32-dwelling community and affordable housing project in Cooroy, Noosa Council voted 5:2 to reject it, following the staff recommendation. The proposal was designed to offer affordable accommodation

READ MORE