Cr OPray - P&O Visit
  • Thursday 28 August 2014

P&O Visit
Well done to all the Mooloolaba businesses that went to so much effort to welcome the visitors when P&O’s Pacific Pearl came to town recently. And also to the incredible Sunshine Coast community who got behind these businesses when bad weather meant our cruise ship visitors couldn’t make it to shore. It was great to have such a great display the local support. The weather hasn’t deterred P&O – the company is keen to put Mooloolaba on its destination map permanently.

Ocean Street taxi rank
An upgrade of the taxi rank on Ocean Street will start this week and is set to be completed in three weeks. This improved taxi rank, near Horton Parade, will allow for the increase in visitors generated by the precinct’s fantastic new restaurants.

Upgrade for beach access
A popular access point for Maroochydore Beach (beach access 150) has undergone a $230,000 makeover, making it easier for emergency services, event-goers and beach visitors to reach the sand. It’s a fantastic improvement and makes a great impression for residents and visitors.

An insight into our waste collection
Earlier this month I organised to go out on a garbage truck and got to see first-hand the work that goes into collecting our rubbish each week. It was a fantastic insight into the great work by people like my pilot Barney, who was incredibly skilled, informative, entertaining and proud. It was obvious he loves his work. The trucks are amazing too – they technology on board is quite impressive.

We loaded 667 bins from around the greater Maroochydore area – about 8.5 tonnes of general waste! We took the load to the Nambour dump, where again I was amazed at the operations.

Sunshine Coast Marathon
Good luck to everyone participating in the Sunshine Coast Marathon this Sunday! The 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever.

I recently attended Sydney’s City2Surf Expo with Sunshine Coast Marathon event organiser Jason Crowther and SCDL to sell our marathon, show off our region and steal their ideas. Over 85,000 people attended the expo, so it was great exposure for both the region and our events – so many people were keen to visit for our marathon over the coming years. We also made a number of new contacts and things are looking promising for a number of events, including a major trail run.

First appeared in Maroochy Weekly on August 28