Cr McKay- Local students welcome international counterparts to tackle environmental challenges
  • Monday 01 January 0001

I was honoured to join Professor Atsuhiro Woshaknaka- former UN Secretariat for Biodiversity and Biodiversity Secretariat for the Minister for Environment of Japan- at a recent workshop hosted at Mary Cairncross Rainforest Discovery Centre. 

The workshop saw students from Japan join local students from Maleny State High school to examine critical environmental challenges including the health of coral reefs, management of feral animals and threats to biodiversity such as the introduction of pest species like the cane toad. It was incredibly positive experience for students to learn from each other cross culturally, and work together to tackle some of our shared environmental challenges.

Security Cameras

Like many of our community I have expressed an interest in a security camera program within our Hinterland towns. Councils camera network assists the Queensland Police with the identification and prosecution of offenders across the region. I will continue to work with council staff, the Queensland Police Service and local communities to identify locations in the hinterland that may be suitable for such technology.

Workshops, arts classes and exhibitions to keep the whole family entertained for the holidays

Little kids and big kids alike will have plenty of opportunities to explore our Sunshine Coast’s natural environment, get in touch with their creative side and learn from incredible artists these school holidays.  Children’s workshop series Wing It! will bring together local and visiting artists to set children’s imaginations soaring from December 12-January 18.

Puppies, kittens and pets are gifts for life

If you’re considering a cute and cuddly present for the family this Christmas, I’d encourage everyone to visit our amazing team at the Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge and consider adopting a fury friend. These precious pups, dogs, kittens and cats can make a wonderful addition to your family, but if being given as a gift please ensure the lucky recipient is looking for a gift that lasts a lifetime. 

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2017

Having attended a number of graduation ceremonies and school presentations over recent weeks, I’d love to take this opportunity to wish our Sunshine Coast students the very best of luck as they finish their high school studies and enjoy a well-deserved break.