Cr McKay - Inspiring our future environmental leaders
  • Friday 23 September 2016

I was very impressed recently by more than 350 school children from all over our region coming together at the 2016 Kids in Action Conference to challenge the way we think about sustainability in our day-to-day lives.

It was particularly pleasing to see how many of our local schools participated in the program from Division 5 and Nambour and surrounds including Ananda Marga River School, Blackall Range Independent School, Burnside High School, Chevallum State School, Conondale Home Ed, Conondale State School, Montville State School, Nambour State High School and Woombye State School.

It’s no wonder the 2015 program was a finalist in the UN Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards earlier this year. This conference effectively inspires and fosters our future environmental leaders and is aligned with council’s vision to achieve long-term cultural change in the way we look after and interact with our environment.

Key learnings from Victoria

Last week I spent a few days in Victoria as part of a study tour to learn about community, sporting and development activities in Melbourne and surrounding areas as relevant to the Sunshine Coast region.

As well as visiting and learning about various libraries and heritage sites, sporting venues, major streetscape redevelopments and significant project master plans, I met with representatives from the City of Melbourne regarding the Queen Victoria Markets Precinct Renewal Project. I’m pleased to advise key representatives from this project will be coming on board with the next stages of the Palmwoods Place Making process.

I’m looking forward to putting all of my key learnings and ideas into action locally soon.

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Does your not-for-profit community group need help funding a project, event or activity?  Perhaps some new sporting equipment, a creative project or even a much-needed coat of paint for your community hall.

Applications for grants up to $2000 through council’s Minor Community Grants Program are open until 5pm, October 17. 

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