Cr McKay - BioBlitz wraps up
  • Wednesday 17 April 2019

BioBlitz wraps up

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve recently hosted our region’s first ever BioBlitz event which saw scientists from across Australia and local artists come together to explore the rainforest’s biodiversity.

It was an honour to celebrate the launch of this special scientific event alongside Jinibara Elder Uncle Noel Blair and the talented BioBlitz Survey Team. I’d like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all those involved, especially the remarkable volunteers who are so dedicated to the preservation of this precious reserve.

For highlights of the launch event and surveying work done in the five strangler fig trees, check out council’s Facebook page.


Meeting the Rangers at Conondale National Park

Councillor Greg Rogerson, Tom Jamieson, Group Executive Built Infrastructure, and I met with local residents and representatives from several state government bodies to address issues raised by the community after a television program aired on The Great Weekender promoting this wonderful natural asset.

We all agreed for the need to ensure everyone, whether local or visiting, can use and enjoy Conondale National Park’s natural attributes respectfully while also recognising that locals reside in this special place.

There were safety and access issues raised that council will review over the coming weeks and months.

Remember – a trip to Booloumba Creek would not be complete without dropping into Kenilworth Dairies for a quick ice cream and catch-up with John.


Your next adventure is just around the corner  

Are you ready for an adventure this weekend? There’s an adventure around every corner on the Sunshine Coast and now they are easier to find. 

Adventure Sunshine Coast is a revolutionary new website that will transform the way you find walking, cycling, biking, horseriding and paddling trails.

Visit and simply choose an activity, select the difficulty level to receive all your local trails with photos, descriptions and reviews. 

Why not discover one of the lesser known trails right on our doorstep in Division 5 - Have you heard of the Martin Williams Walk, the Obi Obi Lookout, or the Hinterland Great Walk?

Share your adventure using the #adventuresunshinecoast on social media. 


Support to increase the value of the Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grant

Local governments across the nation have joined together to petition the value restoration of the Commonwealth Financial Assistance Grants to at least 1% of total Commonwealth taxation revenue.

Today, this sits at 0.55%, but in the mid-1990s, the value was approximately 2% of total Commonwealth taxation revenue.

In a recent Ordinary Meeting, our council unanimously resolved to support this movement for increased support, and I believe it’s crucial that all major political parties contest this issue at the upcoming Federal election.


Regional Facilities Plan for difficult-to-locate sports

Council endorsed the Regional Facilities Plan for Difficult to Locate Sports for the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie Council areas, recognising that it is beyond our council’s funding capacity.

A collaborative regional approach will see improvement to facilities across a wider area.

Aviation, motorcycling, shooting and competitive powered water sports are covered in this plan. The complete plan is available on council’s website,


Sunshine Coast biosphere will celebrate people and nature

I’m excited to share that council is proposing a nomination for the region to receive UNESCO recognition as an international site of excellence known as a biosphere.

A biosphere is an area of natural beauty where people live and work. They are places, just like our region, where active conservation sits alongside responsible development and people living sustainably.

Becoming a biosphere would further enhance the Sunshine Coast’s national and international reputation, amongst other benefits.

I would encourage rural producers of our region to become involved in this initial nomination process and be confident that it will not diminish rights to farming practices, but instead provide a greater local, national and international branding opportunity for your products. Please visit our “Have Your Say” website and share your voice –


Congratulations to members of Barung Landcare Association Inc.

Last month council resolved to provide this wonderful group with a 30-year community lease and a total commitment of $180,000 to the completion of their state-of-the-art environmental education and resource centre in Maleny.

Along with my fellow councillors, I am satisfied that this proposed new facility offers strong potential from a tourism point of view and will build on our region’s reputation in the ecology and environmental sustainability space.


Recognising a community hero

I’d like to recognise the dear Daphne Hawkins, one of the longest serving members of Quota International of Maleny, who is retiring from the club after more than 25 years’ service to Maleny and the hinterland region.

Thank you Daphne for your time, energy, and the many delicious scones you’ve provided over the years.


McGilchrist Road Gravel Upgrade

I am pleased to share that the upgrade to the southern section of McGilchrist Road in Eudlo is now complete. This project has provided a two-way bitumen road with improved drainage structures and improved visibility for motorists and foot traffic.

Our crews have received praise from residents about the new road, and I’d like to add my gratitude and acknowledgement as well.