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OSCAR is a non-partisan and not-for-profit umbrella/peak organisation covering resident and community organisations on the Sunshine Coast and Noosa local government areas (LGAs) in South East Queensland.
The Noosa Council is north of the Sunshine Coast local government area and was re-established on 1 January 2014 after successfully de-amalgamating from the Sunshine Coast.
The Sunshine Coast Regional Council sits between the Noosa Council to the north and the Moreton Bay Regional Council to the south. This includes unique towns and communities across the hinterland and along the coastal strip – from Weyba Downs to the north, Kenilworth to the west and Beerburrum to the south.
The Sunshine Coast Regional Council covers a total area of 2,260 km2 and has a population of 311,551 (2017).
The objectives of OSCAR are to have the Noosa Council and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council achieve and maintain:
- Transparent and accountable governance, including community consultation that is respected and acted upon;
- A culture in which planning schemes are subject to amendment only in the public interest after a rigorous process of public consultation and never to expedite the approval of a development application;
- A rate of population growth consistent with a balance between the natural and built environments that permits a comfortable lifestyle and preserves biodiversity;
- Retention of the existing character of towns and villages, with future urban development low-rise and supported by environmentally responsible transport options;
- Developers being fully responsible for project infrastructure costs; and
- Rates set as low as possible consistent with efficient and effective delivery of local government services.