Cr Baberowski - Delivering the future for Division 1
  • Monday 16 July 2018
Delivering the future for Division 1
Council has recently released the 2018/19 budget, with $13 million allocated to Division 1 helping to develop, improve and upgrade many areas across the division. In order to keep residents and visitors safe and connected, funding includes allocations to improve road safety and upgrades to accommodate the increasing traffic volumes. I am also excited to announce that new recreational trails will be added to the southern part of the Glass House Mountains which aims to improve access and connectivity within the region. Furthermore, Division 1 has allocated funding for several further parkland developments around the division, including; Turner Park, Skippy Park and Glass House Mountains District Park. The Beerwah (and District) Aquatic Centre will also see a significant upgrade as part of this financial years funding. 

Do you have an innovative commercial project? 
I have recently become aware of the new Sunshine Coast Regional Innovation Program (#SCRIPT), which helps entrepreneurs and innovators to turn their ideas into commercial reality. The funding was collectively arranged by a number of organisations providing over $1 million over 3 years to develop innovation and entrepreneurial activities across the Sunshine Coast region. I strongly encourage interested Division 1 businesses to check out this new funding program and hopefully local entrepreneurs could benefit from the extra capital. For more information about the program contact, hello@sunshinecoastinnovation.com.au

Bankfoot Shed Being Restored
It’s a pleasure to announce that the heritage listed Bankfoot Shed will be restored to its former glory with works currently underway. The much needed restoration works will include new flooring, lighting and interactive display bays offering visitors the opportunity to learn more about our regions pioneering era. The upgrades are expected to be completed in time for the 150 year celebrations on October 14. 

A Winning RideScore 
It’s been exciting times recently for council’s TravelSmart team, who have received an award at the 2018 We Ride Australia Cycling Luminaries Awards in recognition of its Australian-first RideScore program that merges fitness with fun, all while giving peace of mind to families. This innovative approach is currently being trialed at Caloundra State School and encourages students to cycle to school. The program aims to promote safe cycling and uses Bluetooth technology to record student bicycle trips and notifies parents/carers when their child arrives at school and departs for home. This initiative helps council’s vision to become Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, and creative. 

What’s New for Libraries - Mobi 2
Sunshine Coast Libraries have introduced a new mobile library timetable. The changes are based on an analysis of usage patterns and growth within the region and only affect Mobi 2 services. The new timetable provides more flexible, targeted services that meet community demand. Some stops have undergone day and/or time changes to increase customer convenience. If you are affected by the changes, talk to our friendly librarians about alternative library services available to you or head to library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to find out more.