Cr Robinson - Australia Day Awards
  • Wednesday 10 February 2016

Australia Day Awards

I joined Councillor Greg Rogerson at this year’s Eumundi Australia Day Awards ceremony, which was another outstanding success. What could be better than an Aussie barbecue breakfast, entertainment by Aussie bush band Flash Jack and an opportunity to recognise standout groups and individuals for their wonderful contribution to the Eumundi and districts community? I would like to thank the Eumundi and District Historical Association and the Eumundi and District Community Association for organising such a memorable event. As always, one of the highlights for me personally was having the privilege of presenting awards to the winners, who were:

  • Laine Adams and Fay Wiggins – Community Improvement Award
  • Harrison Bergman – Young Achiever Award
  • Tina Cooper – Contribution to Culture Award
  • Imogen Beardsley – Sports Achievement Award
  • Amber Grimley – Contribution to Sustainability Award

Congratulations also to the Millington family, Division 9 locals who received the Environment Award at council’s 2016 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards.

Peregian development update

While I've been out and about in the Eumundi and districts area, a number of people have asked what happened with the recent tree clearing at Peregian Springs. This area, the Coolum Ridges estate, is a master planned development by FKP that was approved in 2005 by a previous council. The environment was an important consideration in the master planning process and the recent clearing was undertaken in accordance with that approval. In response to the community's concerns, I followed this up with council’s planning department who advised me the clearing was done in accordance with conditions of the development approval. This included the implementation of a fauna management plan – a specialist team oversaw the relocation of any fauna in the area prior to the clearing activity.

Apply for arts grants now

Artists and creatives – did you know you can apply for grants through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) at any time? The RADF program supports the development of emerging and professional artists and creative arts workers. You can visit council’s website for all the details. I’m proud to see council’s various grants programs continually help our community.

First published in Eumundi Green in February