Cr OPray - Showing off to our Kiwi friends
  • Thursday 06 November 2014

Showing off to our Kiwi friends

We all know the Sunshine Coast is a beautiful place with a relaxed lifestyle, great restaurants and a good range of accommodation options. That’s exactly what we were boasting about when I travelled to Auckland for a major tourism trade mission with Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd, accommodation providers and Australia Zoo representatives last month.

This trade mission really put our region in the spotlight. The Vacation Migration campaign was launched and over 150 retail and wholesale travel agents were trained with the latest updates and options. It was a great opportunity to increase awareness of our already-popular seasonal Air New Zealand flights too (stay tuned for another major announcement regarding these flights).

I’m very excited about how we can link the Sunshine Coast to Auckland, particularly in the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games. We’re putting in the hard work now to reap the big benefits when the time comes to welcome thousands of people to South-East Queensland in four years’ time.

We’ll be on the front foot when athletes, their support crews and spectators travel from around the globe and want to make the most of their visit to Queensland. I was lucky enough to meet with the Olympic Committee, Auckland Events and High Performance Sport NZ – and they’re all excited about the prospects our region provides for athletes and for events.

Sand on the beach

It has been over a year since the sand was pumped onto the popular stretch of beach between Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland and I still get an incredible number of comments about how great it looks! This first stage of renourishment widened the beach to help prevent severe erosion and protect public facilities and infrastructure along Alexandra Parade and Aerodrome Road. We know the beach will still suffer erosion from time to time, particularly during severe weather, but the extra sand helps the beach cope with these events in the interim.

Arts grants open now

Did you know council supports local artists through skills development grants? The latest minor round of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is open now and closes at 5pm on December 1. Artists and arts workers can apply for up to $2000 in funding to help access professional development opportunities and further their career. The application process is easy – just visit council’s website to apply and contact a grants officer on 5475 7272 or if you have any questions.

First appeared in Maroochy Weekly on November 6