Cr McKay - Mooloolah Breakfast update
  • Thursday 16 October 2014

I’m pleased to advise we have a special guest speaker lined up for the next Mooloolah Breakfast at Kenny’s CafĂ© on November 6 at 7 for a 7.30am start, the new Tourism Development Manager for Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd, Susan Maynard.

With 20 years’ experience in tourism, Susan’s role with SCDL is to work in collaboration with industry and members in the Southern (Kawana to Caloundra), Hinterland and Gympie to Cooloola regions. She is also responsible for the implementation and management of regional SCDL programs to grow tourism. Susan will be talking with us about tourism opportunities to really help tell the world about our beautiful Mooloolah.

I will also be available at the breakfast between 7 and 7.30am to meet with any local residents who want to raise any issues about council-related matters in the area.

Witta toilets open
Visitors and residents will be relieved to hear the toilet facilities at Witta Sport and Recreation are open again to the public – the only break between Conondale and Maleny.

Sustainable transport
As we strive to make the Sunshine Coast region the most sustainable place in Australia, strategically planning for our future transport needs is vitally important. With our population expected to increase by 50% over the next 20 years, integrated transport solutions that help manage growth and maintain our much coveted lifestyle need to be considered.

Last week I joined some other councillors and staff on a very informative familiarisation of the Light Rail system on the Gold Coast to learn more about their delivery of the project. The Gold Coast City Council project managers were so generous in sharing their journey with us, as we investigate the light rail option here. There are exciting times ahead as we continue to explore the public transport solutions that will service the Sunshine Coast in the years ahead.

More information about the Sunshine Coast Light Rail can be found on the project website –

We also had the opportunity to visit the fantastic Tweed River Art Gallery in Murwillumbah to gain a wonderful insight into what they are delivering in this hinterland area, and consider how various attributes could be brought back and leveraged in our own region, as the desire for the creative industries here continues to grow and strengthen.

First appeared in Glasshouse Country News on October 15, 2014