- Wednesday 20 January 2016
Australia Day always reminds me to think about what I'm doing to be an active part of our great community of communities (admittedly that's definitely easier when you're a councillor). I like that, as a community, we organise all sorts of pretty relaxed celebratory events right across the Sunshine Coast varying from the Australia Day thong challenge in Maroochydore to a flag-raising ceremony at Kings Beach, Caloundra. Or, if you fancy a greener hinterland adventure, you can join the Australia Day celebrations in Glasshouse Country or Maleny. Wherever you celebrate, I hope you have a great day!
Better local landscapes
Council is supporting the Skilling Queenslanders program run by the Department of Education and Training. Delivering employment opportunities to the long term unemployed, underemployed and people with a disability, program participants develop career skills while helping to build and maintain council assets in local communities. Local participants are sure to be proud of their contributions to valuable improvement projects including landscape refurbishment work at the corner of Bellvista Boulevard and Caloundra Road, and at Woodgrove Estate, Beerwah.
Weeds, fences and revegetation - apply now for help!
Expressions of Interest are now open for Landholder Environment Grants. If you are a private rural landholder within the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area and would like to undertake an on-ground project on your property to protect and enhance the natural assets and biodiversity of the region then these grants could assist. Funding is available for projects such as the installation of fencing to restrict stock access to vegetation and waterways, revegetation to restore degraded areas, control of environmental weeds and the modification of fencing to make it more wildlife-friendly. Submit an Expression of Interest online to have a council conservation officer visit your property to discuss the project in more detail. Expressions of interest close 5pm Monday, February 22. For further information visit council’s website or contact a grants officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or 5420 8616.
Awards for Conservation and Light Rail Planning
Your council’s progressive thinking has not gone unnoticed over recent weeks, with the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors awarding council the 2015 Group Wildlife Conservation Award, in recognition of environmental programs we deliver including the Koala Conservation Plan, Environmental Land Acquisition Program, Volunteer and environmental grants program.
The Planning Institute of Australia also awarded council the national Policies, Programs and Concepts – large scale award for the Light Rail Shaping our Future report, and the state award in the Best Planning Ideas—Large Regional or Urban Project category: a great endorsement for the light rail / integrated transport project which, in my view, is critical to shaping a sustainable future for our region.
Well done to everybody involved!
First published in Glasshouse Country News January 20, 2016