Cr Baberowski - Creating a sense of community through Christmas
  • Wednesday 26 September 2018
Creating a sense of community through Christmas
With Christmas fast approaching, I’d like to encourage our townships to think of how we can do better with the whole look and feel of creating community spirit through festive decorations.  

I’d love to see each of the Glasshouse Country townships professionally decorated with festive lights and eye catching statement street-light banners, but I have to say that the only way that that can become sustainable, is if there is a group of wider people involved.  The major stakeholders are businesses and together with the service groups, a collaborative effort is needed to activate the streets and help provide an atmosphere.  

Using Beerwah as an example, in my view, a strategy needs to be developed and most likely professionally designed to effectively create a unique festive feel.  I believe this would cost upwards of $20,000 and is definitely achievable if there were more volunteers, people and ownership involved to apply for various grants and do the research, design and delivery (also incorporating a storage facility for the various decorations).

There is only a portion of funds available for public space funds available from council, and as I hope you can understand, council is not responsible to decorate each of our region’s townships effectively. It will be difficult to deliver a big change this year, but I’d like to start the process now with an aim to do much better across the townships in 2019.  I’d appreciate hearing from people who’d like to be involved, please contact my office via email division1@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone 5420 8987.

Change afoot for Bankfoot House
As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Bankfoot House in 2018, council will be increasing its hands-on role in managing and promoting this significant historical asset for our community. Commencing from Friday, October 5, visitors will enjoy free entry to Bankfoot House as well as extended opening hours from 10am-3pm each Friday to Sunday, excluding public holidays. The major Bankfoot House 150th celebratory event will be held on Sunday, October 14 from 10am-3pm. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Bankfoot House or if you are interested in booking a tour for your school group or organisation contact council on 5420 8600 or email culturalheritage@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Don’t risk to run empty! 
A proactive reminder, check your tanks – fill up before you run out!  With the current dry weather and forecast showing that we will experience less than average rainfall over the next few months, I would encourage residents who rely on tank water to fill them up before they run dry.  Last year some residents experienced delays and were left without water until their water carrier could deliver to them.