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The counting of the ballots for new Noosa councillors grinds on. It’s pretty clear the mayoral contest has been decided, with Tony Wellington edging out Sandy Bolton in what was a very tight race. There are still votes to count and the result hasn’t been declared but Tony is far... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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I don’t think there’s a candidate in this Noosa election who is not exhausted mentally and physically from the effort and stress that are part of a closely contested campaign. We await with trepidation the voters’ judgement on our credentials and commitments. The three mayoral contenders should know their fates... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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I was saddened to open one of our local papers, Noosa Today, this morning and find myself attacked personally by outgoing Noosa mayor, Noel Playford. It seems he was offended by remarks I made in a campaign speech about the need for a review of the governance of the Noosa... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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It didn’t just rain – it poured. Waves of Noosa torrential rain. The morning began with more sign stealing at the Christian Outreach polling place – this time the sign was mine. It’s probably now decorating someone’s living room. Fortunately my other posters were intact and doing their job of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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There are two pre-polling booths in the Noosa Shire – both located in Noosaville. The bigger and busier one is at the top of a rise at the Christian Outreach Centre. The other, quieter one – with just a single ballot box – is not far away but down the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Day 1 of pre-polling saw me at the Christian Outreach Centre at 5am, hammering my campaign posters into the ground in readiness for the day’s rush. There was some mischief a bit later in the morning when some of mayoral candidate Tony Wellington’s corflute signs were ripped from their mountings... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Later this week, I'm running newspaper ads in the Cooroy Rag, Noosa Today & Noosa News that pledge a 10-point commitment to the people of Noosa Shire…. 1. A strong & responsive voice on Council: representing every corner of the Shire 2. Protecting the lifestyle & environment of Noosa Shire... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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In our local newspapers this week, there have been two front page stories about the Noosa Biosphere Foundation and me. I’ve posted the first of them in the Media section of my website. You can read it here: Big bio swipe by Noosa Council candidate Both stories were derived from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Last night the 16 candidates in the Noosa election had a final chance to shine before a local audience. And we had just two minutes to do it. Here is my contribution…. First – the Biosphere The UNESCO program is about sustainably blending community, economy and environment to achieve an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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One of the first acts of the new Noosa Council to be elected 19 March should be to review the operations and financing of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation More than a year after its establishment, the Foundation is struggling to meet the high expectations the community held for it.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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The new Noosa Council to be elected on 19 March offers a great opportunity for the Shire to develop a more flexible town plan. Work will begin this year on the next 10-year plan which needs to accommodate changing business, lifestyle and workplace requirements. At the same time, there must... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Speech to a Meet the Candidates event in the beautiful hinterland township of Pomona, Saturday 27 February Late last year, at the Pomona Community House annual general meeting, I was delighted to meet the wonderful people who are doing so much for this community. The Community House is a great... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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I’ve recently been providing input to an advisory group working on Noosa Council’s transport strategy. My associated research and conversations – along with my own observations - show that this Shire faces a number of tough traffic and transport issues. Some of these traffic issues need to be addressed urgently... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Here’s the speech I gave at the Cooroy ‘Meet the Candidates’ night last week. Each of the 14 candidates who turned up was given three minutes to canvass their credentials. I'm third from left in the photo…. Noosa and the hinterland are great places to live. That’s why we moved... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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On 1 February, I wrote a piece for the blog entitled ‘Looking for solutions not shut-outs.’ The story also got a good run in the local newspapers. It concerned Council warnings to riverside coffee concession operators to remove casual seating from public land or risk confiscation of their property and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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The new Noosa Council must put more emphasis on education and health as economic drivers that will supplement tourism and provide more stability to the local economy. Education, health care and aged care are sectors perfectly suited to the Shire and there is already a solid foundation for their further... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Noosa needs a crisis shelter for women and children who find themselves under threat from domestic violence. Like the rest of Australia, our community has a domestic violence problem and it’s not being addressed adequately. While there are safe houses in Noosa, these are not crisis shelters but temporary refuges.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Do not hold our nation’s name sacred, This land in which we live. Our true homeland is only in our hearts, Where it cannot be struck or stolen (Ján Kollár, 1793–1852) My father’s father Heinrich Löwi (1874–1944) was a professional engineer. His parents were Josef, a Jewish shopkeeper, and Flora.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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It’s too easy, in the flurry, excitement and occasional pandemonium of an election campaign, to lose sight of the shoulders upon which we aspirant local politicians stand. I refer of course to the shoulders of the people who – through their energy, vision and courage – fought the good fight... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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I’m a believer that people in public office should exercise initial discretion when applying rules to activities that, while maybe not aligning wholly with the regulations, do not present a significant danger or nuisance. In Noosa recently, warnings were given to riverside coffee concession operators to remove casual seating from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Elected representatives, such as councillors, are expected to assume many responsibilities – including adopting a reasoned and principled position on the toughest of issues. In this role, personal views can be taken only so far. There is a wider responsibility. Here is a case in point. For some time, architect... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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I arrived at Lions Park by the river in the middle of one of Noosa’s classic tropical downpours. Saves topping up the swimming pool. An inadequate marquis roof tent had been erected to protect the audience, but the park had already ponded and the only person there was a helpful... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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In October last year, the Sunshine Coast Daily reported that, in 2017, Noosa Hospital was to be reduced from 92 to 20 beds. Noosa Hospital is a busy facility – admitting an average of 60 patients a day, conducting 27 operations and treating 46 people in the emergency department. So... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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Australia Day has a special meaning for me and, as I attend Noosa Council's largest citizenship ceremony of the year at Noosaville Lions Park on Tuesday, I’ll have an extra spring in my step. My parents, Libby and Henry, migrated from what is now the Czech Republic to Australia in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa
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I believe the current plan for the future of Noosa’s economy spreads its shots too wide. The Local Economic Plan, approved by Noosa Council late last year, missed an opportunity to bring more focus to Noosa’s economic planning. To strengthen the local economy beyond tourism, we have to realistically appraise... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Ingrid Jackson's Noosa