Cr McKay - Exciting local projects planned
  • Saturday 16 August 2014

I’ve mentioned previously that Division 5 residents can look forward to investment in a number of upgrades, new facilities and other improvements over the next 12 months following the Capital Works Budget for 2014/15 being brought down last month. 

A quick snapshot of planned projects locals will be pleased to hear about include $10,000 allocated towards a new roof for the Old Witta School Caretakers House and $171,000 to be spent on sealed road rehabilitation works for Curramore Road making for a smoother safer drive.

For further community projects in the pipeline or underway, visit council’s website.

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.

Koala poo detection dog helping council
Maya, the world’s only koala poo detection dog, is already proving her worth, tracking down the cute and cuddly creatures’ presence on a number of council reserves – including at Tanawha, Peachester and Glenview.
The friendly three-year-old border collie is undertaking this vital work as part of council’s koala conservation program funded through the environment levy.
One place we don’t need Maya’s trusty nose to go to work at is the Tuan Environmental Reserve at Cambroon, as we have sighted them there with our own eyes.
Knowing where our koalas are on the Sunshine Coast is essential if we are to identify area-specific threats and impacts and develop the conservation measures to save the koalas.  Council is drafting a Koala Conservation Plan which will be go out for community consultation later this year.

First appeared in The Pollies' Patch August edition