- Wednesday 23 August 2017
I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate the team at Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary on an outstanding year. Thanks to all the volunteers for their ongoing commitment and dedication to this beautiful part of Bli Bli. A particular highlight for the year was the hugely successful Eco-Hunt competition that saw more than 400 participants enjoying the wetlands’ natural beauty, making all hard work worthwhile.
Congratulations are also in order for Roz and Michael White, who’ve been working to develop the new Bli Bli Village Centre, approved by council last year. This couple also own the Bli Bli IGA Supa and River Markets development. Congratulations on all the hard work. I look forward to watching the new Village Centre come to life.
Arts and culture on the horizon
Immerse yourself in 10 arts-fuelled days across the Sunshine Coast at Horizon Festival 2017. This year’s festival has an outstanding range of music, arts and cultural experiences. After looking at the program schedule, I can guarantee the range of events will delight the most avid tastes. With Bli Bli ideally located, central to the region, there are dozens of events within close proximity. I encourage everyone to visit the website (www.horizonfestival.com.au) to explore more than 200 events being held across the region. Put together your very own program for the festival from August 25 – September 3 to enjoy visual art, literature, music, and more, by local, national and international artists.
Live and connected
The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is now live and feeding electricity into the power grid, making us the first local government in Australia to offset 100% of our electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source. I am proud to have been involved in such a brilliant project for this region. This Sunshine Coast Solar Farm will be remembered as a significant step forward in the future of renewable energy. There is no doubt that this project will inspire and encourage a growing cleantech sector across the region and in many other local governments throughout the country. I am also pleased Sunshine Coast Council was able to make this happen without any financial assistance from other levels of government. We are the first council in Australia to build and operate a 15MW utility scale solar farm which will deliver $22 million in savings, after all costs, for our ratepayers over the next 30 years.