Contributed EIGHT years and four months on from being the first Victorian community to successfully de amalgamate, the Mansfield Shire mayor is delighted to report that the sky has not fallen and they are getting on with the job of local government business nicely Councillor Tom Ingpen on Tuesday told the Noosa News that Noosa, with a population base of 50,000 plus and the same burning desire as Mansfield to call its own shots again, should be a to financially handle the tricky business of de amalgamation from the Sunshine Coast Council. Cr Ingpen, who lives in a much smaller community of about 7200 situated in the foothills of the Australian Alps, has been through the forced amalgamation mill. That was when the Kennett Government decided the Mansfield and Benalla Councils had to go together in November of 1994. Most of Mansfield went kicking and screaming into the new Delatite Shire and Cr Ingpen was thrown out of office thanks to his de amalgamation stand, but then bided his time for three years and came back with a vengeance to help lead the back Mansfield campaign that he said was run with precision As the smaller part of the new merged council, the reality for Mansfield locals was a loss of identity, a voice and with no cost savings from the much touted economies of scale to soften the enforced blow. Cr Ingpen advice to Noosa from his farming property, was for it but only as long as the local community is on side. hardest thing to do is convince a political party that it (de amalgamation) can be done. went out did our financial planning and convinced them that the community was behind us, Cr Ingpen said. called a meeting (on de amalgamation) in a township of only 2000 people and I reckon about 750 showed up and it was a unanimous decision. The councillor who is serving his fifth term the fourth as mayor said the political will came to Labor through a promise to take a serious look at de amalgamation if their local candidate in this National Party hotbed was elected. Nationals had held that seat for something like 80 years and Labor got up by 200 votes because of the support from the de amalgamation voters, Cr Ingpen said. He said the de amalgamation process and the aftermath was not all and skittles and there was some financial pain to bear because of the shire relatively small scale compared with Noosa which is looking to take in the like minded communities of Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Peregian Springs under the model proposed by the Noosa Independence Alliance. went to the people and said you will have to have to put up with two significant rate increases to cover the cost of this, and they said they would take it, Cr Ingpen said. sailing along nicely now, though we still have to increase rates by 5% to 6% a year just to maintain services, though that is because of a lack of federal government funding but it the same for councils everywhere. And this is a far cry from the 25% rates and charges increase Mansfield based ratepayers were slugged with under the Delatite Council in 2001 before the November 28 2002 de amalgamation, according to the then Local Government Minister Bob Cameron. And the final Delatite budget of 2002 saw them, Mr Cameron said, slugged 16.5%. Cr Ingpen said the key to their successful de amalgamation has been to run and mean with just a mayor and four councillors with a staff base trimmed of all its fat. would have to say one of the important factors has been boosting staff morale, he said. And in return he said there was a fresh climate of council middle management who volunteered to stay back for a short while and get the job done rather than clock off right on 5pm, which helped speed up council processes. Another important step in de amalgamation was decided sort of council and community you wanted to be He said while there was a strong agricultural sector in the local economy, about 64% of the local income came from tourism and lifestyle choices, with a strong retiree representation and more than half the population was made up of absentee property owners. have a lot of people who live in Melbourne and come up here to enjoy the area we have local attractions like Lake Eildon and Mount Buller. The Mansfield Council website says the area attracts about 1.2 million visitors a year and generates $134 million in revenue with 45000 jobs created in the high season. 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"We actually went down on Saturday morning and watched Madison play against St. Augustine," Maddox said. "We watched it and filmed it. We didn't know for sure that we were going to be chosen, but there was a chance that we were so we went down and scouted them. "I guess we didn't have to go because we were going to exchange films, but you get a chance to go see them live and get a feel for the speed and the size. There's a lot of stuff you can see live that you can't necessarily pick up on film. It's hard when you know nothing about the teams they play." Several coaches across the state are learning this week what it's like to play a 15th and possibly 16th game, thanks to CIF's new format of bowl game qualifiers and the state championship bowl games the following week. But for Monrovia, long seasons are nothing new. The Wildcats have played 14 game seasons for four consecutive years. So adding on another week or two isn't going to be culture shock. Maddox also had his team pointing toward a goal of extending this season past the Mid Valley championship. "I think what helps is that this has been a goal for us," Maddox said. "It was something that we set for ourselves in the off season. It wasn't just about being a CIF championship. It was about setting the goal a step higher. "The one thing about the bowls is that it's out of your control. The CIF championship is something that you can control by winning. But it was a goal of ours. I think that helps because the kids are mentally prepared for it because it was a goal they've had since early on." Monrovia defeated Paraclete last Friday to win the division for the third consecutive season. The Wildcats are 12 2 and have not lost a postseason game since 2009. From what Maddox saw on Saturday, though, Madison will be a tough task. The Warhawks are led by Arizona bound running back Pierre Cormier, who has 1,940 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. 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