- Wednesday 25 May 2016
One of the first tasks at the start of the new term of council is to appoint the councillors to various portfolio duties.
I was very pleased to retain responsibility for transport which is one of our key issues here in Division One.
Please be assured that council is doing all it can to make it easier and more cost effective for our residents and visitors to move around the Coast.
As well as the hard work of council, we need State and Federal Government help to finance our big ticket items and we will continue to advocate for more attention and funding for our key transport infrastructure needs.
I’m looking forward to working with the community as we continue to pursue our transport goals.
My portfolio duties in this term also include the arts and heritage which I know are of particular importance to residents of Division One.
Both areas are also of huge interest to me and it will be rewarding to work with the various groups, committees and individuals who love the arts and heritage of our region.
Progress on the Coast
There has been plenty of very significant activity happening with the Sunshine Coast’s game-changing projects and other key economic issues in recent weeks.
The first sod has been turned on the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm which, when complete, will provide for all of council’s electricity needs – a huge saving for our ratepayers and a project which fits in very nicely with our vision for the Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green, diverse.
We also have bulk earthmoving works underway at SunCentral, the expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport a step closer with the return of the Co-Ordinator General’s report, more flights announced to and from Adelaide from our own airport and the announcement that a national netball league team is almost across the line.
Grants funding success
I’m very pleased to announce that several Division One groups and projects have received funding in the latest round of Major Community Grants endorsed by council at our May meeting.
Among them are The Sanctuary of Embracing Difference which has received a $4000 grant to support a one-day conference aimed at bringing together Aboriginal and migrant women through sharing stories and inspiring leadership amongst women.
The 2016 Celebrate Beerwah event which will bring together the Beerwah and wider hinterland community in mid-October received $7500. This event will offer broad cultural and social benefits and aims to attract around 9000 people.
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