- Friday 24 February 2017
Clean-up for the Hatchlings
As the first turtle hatchlings of the season begin their journey from their nests to the ocean, I joined the dedicated TurtleCare groups, wildlife experts and over 500 volunteers across the Sunshine Coast community to clear river mouths and local beaches of rubbish and debris. My modest 1.34kg of plastic bags, bits and pieces contributed to a massive 619kg of rubbish removed from our beaches and waterways. Removing this unsightly rubbish is critical to protecting our ecology which includes around 50 turtle nests this year. (See image)
Bells Creek Arterial Road complete
I was delighted 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 eagerly watch any changes to traffic patterns and its progressive use with great interest!
Let’s talk Glasshouse Mountains
A large crowd of supporters together with the Celebrate Glasshouse Country team gathered last week to officially launch a series of videos on the Glasshouse Mountains. The videos were written and narrated by Ivon Northage and produced by Haines Video Productions. You can view the talks at the ‘Celebrate Glasshouse Country’ YouTube channel. A big thanks to all involved in sharing the best bumps on the planet via the world wide web!
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.
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.