Cr McKay - Big event for Maleny
  • Thursday 16 August 2018

Maleny is becoming renowned as a great place to hold cross-country running events and that reputation is sure to be enhanced on August 25.

After previously hosting the Queensland championships and the Sunshine Coast Cross Country Series, the Maleny Community Precinct will welcome the country’s best runners for the Australian cross-country championships for the first time.

The event is delivered on a circuit on the golf course by Athletics Australia and School Sports Australia and will be a real highlight on our Sunshine Coast events calendar for 2018.

Four-time Olympian Benita Willis has seen plenty of cross-country venues in her time and she thinks what we have in Maleny is unique, saying it had a “Tour de France type atmosphere”  – and I agree.

We have a special venue for events like this one.

I’m sure we will get a big and very supportive crowd along and it will be a great boost for local economy, especially for our accommodation providers, cafes and restaurants.

I look forward to seeing the action.

- A new dog off-leash area at Federation Park in Palmwoods is already proving to be a big hit.

Our four-legged friends can now play safely in a new fenced area, with dog bowls and a tap, while the project also included pathways, stormwater drainage and soakage pits, a bin, a picnic table and seats, landscaping and additional trees

- Also getting lots of positive feedback is the new car park at Russell Family Park, Montville, which is now open to the public.

Parking issues of the past will certainly be eased by the 125 standard parking bays, 55 more than the previous gravel car park, and two disability parking bays

My thanks go to the local business community for their patience during construction and everyone associated with the Montville State School for allowing us to use the school oval for parking purposes.

Next up for Montville are four pedestrian crossings for the main street which I’m sure will be welcomed by those who sometimes have difficulties crossing to the other side of the road.

- The Horizon Festival – an annual event that attracts tens of thousands of people each year -- is only a week away and I’d like to highlight a special theatre event coming to Maleny on Sunday, August 26.

“Rovers” is a joyous and heartfelt celebration of Australian women who’ve dared to follow their dreams.

It will be at the Maleny Community Centre from 2pm. Tickets are available on the Horizon website –

- On Tuesday, I was delighted to have the opportunity to officially open a community forum held by the Sunshine Coast Advisory Access Network.

They are a wonderful volunteer organisation dedicated to making our community accessible for people with a disability.

They’re doing great work across our region and with their help, I’m looking forward to bringing more positive outcomes to the community in the future