- Friday 24 February 2017
Bells Creek Arterial Road complete
I was very pleased to attend the ceremony to mark the completion of the first stage of the much-anticipated Bells Creek Arterial Road. The new road provides a long awaited second access road for the Bellvista/Bells Reach communities and creates the entry to the new city sized community at Caloundra South. The opening of the 2.8km stretch will give direct access to Australia’s largest master-planned city named Aura by Stockland and has already contributed to over 18,500 direct and indirect local jobs for the Sunshine Coast. Eventually the region will benefit from a much needed extension of the road to connect with the Bruce Hwy. I will continue to watch any changes to traffic patterns and progressive use with great interest!
New partner and new era for Sunshine Coast Airport
Australian company 'Palisade Investment Partners' will be the Sunshine Coast Airport’s commercial operating partner in a deal worth more than half a billion dollars. Under the deal, the airport will continue to be owned by Sunshine Coast Council, with Palisade operating the asset under a 99-year lease. Palisade will be responsible for operating, investing and developing the airport and will oversee future negotiations with airlines to expand both domestic and international routes available from the Sunshine Coast. However, council will maintain responsibility for facilitating the proposed airport expansion project, which includes construction of a new runway, apron expansion and related infrastructure. Read further details about the deal at www.news.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.
Clean-up for the Hatchlings
As the first turtle hatchlings of the season begin to make their way from their nests to the ocean, I joined the TurtleCare groups, wildlife experts and over 500 volunteers across the Sunshine Coast community to clear local beaches of rubbish and debris. A massive 619kg of rubbish was removed from our beaches and waterways on Saturday, removing this rubbish helps to protect our ecology which includes around 50 turtle nests.
Solar farm update
Recently I attended a council organised popular community barbecue at the Valdora Solar Farm to provide locals with an update on the status of this fantastic project. With more than half of the 57,000 solar panels installed and the Energex substation nearing completion, the project is well on track to be completed in the middle of this year. I think we were all impressed with the aerial photos that show just how big the solar farm is and it was clear the majority of the community is right behind this outstanding green energy project.
Beerwah Library… More than just books
Did you know - languages are part of Sunshine Coast Libraries Collection too. Beerwah Library holds a selection of books in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. Why not consider learning a new language with Transparent Languages Online and loanable kits.
Meet and greet
Join me for my next ‘meet and greet’ session at the Black Squirrel Coffee Bar, Beerburrum Road, Beerburrum on March 3 from 10am – 12 noon. Please come along if you would like to chat about council projects or local issues.