Cr McKay - Busy times
  • Friday 23 September 2016

As always there’s so much happening in the hinterland region and with council to report but not enough space to do so, so here is a quick snapshot.

Hinterland happenings

It’s been a pleasure catching up recently with many local community groups and celebrating various milestone events throughout the hinterland.

Congratulations to Blackall Range Woodcrafters for 20 years of wonderful service to our community. It was with much enjoyment I joined the second member to sign on with the group back in 1996, Hamish Borthwick and dozens of locals at the Montville Sport and Rec grounds to celebrate and reminisce about the past two decades.

This group does everything from providing Nambour Hospital with wooden toys for Christmas to teaching residents from all around the art of woodcrafting.  

Meanwhile, the Blackall Range Care Group Inc. held their Annual General Meeting at the Care Cottage, Flaxton earlier this week which I had the opportunity to chair. And what a year it has been, with 111 staff providing a huge range of services such as health care, meals and cleaning to 1223 clients across the Range. You may have also spotted the group’s new branding – it’s the same fantastic service, but now with a bright new look and feel.

I also had a highly productive meeting with the Maleny Range Lions Club regarding the possibility of forming a partnership with them to deliver various infrastructure such as seating and shelters within the Maleny Precinct and at Russell Family Park, Montville. Stay tuned for further details as we progress this exciting project.

Be sure to mark your diary for the upcoming Montville Chamber of Commerce Meeting on October 5. I’ll be providing an update on parking in the area, Russell Family Park plans and how you can get involved in the Montville streetscape plan (northern part).

Spring holiday activities

For something a bit different, creative, fun and informative for the kids these school holidays, you can’t go past the Spring 2016 holiday workshops at Maroochy Botanic Garden.

There is a fantastic selection of new activities to select from including “Doug the Bug” storytelling presentations, watercolours and seed pod printmaking workshops.

These workshops have limited spaces so be quick to jump onto council’s website to secure your spot. 

Environment Levy annual report released

If you want to know how your Environment Levy has been spent over the past year be sure to visit council’s website or look out at your local council library or customer service centre for a hard copy of the annual report 2015/16 fresh off the press.

I was excited to endorse this report yesterday detailing the many significant environmental achievements we delivered which were only made possible thanks to the annual contribution each ratepayer makes to the Environment Levy.

Highlights include:

  • $1.6million invested to acquire two new properties at Maleny and Bald Knob, adding approximately 77 hectares to the Sunshine Coast Conservation Estate
  • $880,000 on engaging with and supporting 22 Sunshine Coast community groups, 115 private landowners and an army of volunteers in their conservation efforts
  • $350,000 allocated to fund the coordinated delivery of pest management, community engagement and education initiatives.