Cr McKay - Chinese students gain insight into Coast lifestyle
  • Wednesday 06 August 2014

I am a strong supporter and champion of developing ongoing formal relationships with our Sister City of Xiamen, so it was with much pleasure last week I hosted 27 Chinese students as part of a cultural exchange tour of our region.

In addition to touring local Sunshine Coast schools, we picked delicious strawberries at Strawberry Fields in Palmview and coloured a 15m printed mural at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens.

This experience will stay with them forever. They will return home with positive memories and will become wonderful ambassadors for the Sunshine Coast.

Grants programs galore!

Three terrific council grants programs are now open for applications.

Artists can apply for a Regional Arts Development Fund grant, which offers funding towards concept, skills and career development.

While not-for-profit community organisations, with a project to benefit the Coast community, can apply for a Community Grant of up to $30,000.

Applications are also open for Environment Levy Grants with up to $5,000 funding to help projects that make a positive and ongoing contribution to the region’s biodiversity and waterways.

Visit Council’s website for further details.

Your pet, your responsibility

Council has just approved the draft Domestic Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Strategy 2014-2020 and you are invited to have your say.

The strategy will act as a tool for promoting and enhancing responsible pet ownership, while informing the community about Council’s role and future priorities in animal management.

Residents can provide input until 5pm 22 August via Council’s website, libraries or customer service centres or email feedback directly to

The feedback provided will help to inform the final strategy which is expected to be presented to council for adoption in late 2014.

SCAR fundraising day

Just a quick heads up that our wonderful friends at Sippy Creek Animal Refuge in Tanawha are holding their 35th Anniversary celebration and mega annual garage sale on 28 September starting at 9am. Be sure to mark your diaries and provide support however you can.

First appeared in Glasshouse Country News on August 6