- Monday 15 September 2014
7000 trees planted for koalas
Sunshine Coast Council’s 252 ha Doonan Creek Environmental Reserve – which is one of the most important wetland areas on the Coast and was purchased through the environment levy – was recently planted with 7000 new trees. Thanks to the flora and fauna assessments carried out at as part of council’s environment levy reserve purchases we know there are koalas on this reserve, making it an ideal site to receive $970,000 of State Government offset planting.
Offset agreements attempt to compensate for the impact of unavoidable development – in this case, the Federally-funded Bruce Hwy project, connecting Frizzo Rd with Sippy Creek Rd at Palmview. I’m excited at the prospect of 7000 trees maturing over the next few years to create an enhanced koala habitat and a much needed east-west link to other nearby high-value environmental areas.
Scout Hall Upgrades
Here’s a quick update on Eumundi’s old scout hall. Remedial works are currently underway to bring it to a safe and structurally sound condition, and an invitation to tender for the management of the hall will be put out to the public in the next few weeks.
Exporting success for Division 9
Local business Nutworks, located in Yandina, is a great local success story – in addition to their success here in Queensland, they currently export their delicious macadamia nut products and will soon set up a shop in China. Well done to Keith Ryan and his team on their efforts – it’s great to see the business growing.
Council recently launched the first round of its’ Export and Global Capability Program, which will help businesses in our region to begin exporting or expand and improve their export services. Exporting expands the market for Sunshine Coast producers like Nutworks and helps us work toward a sustainable economy for our region.
Eumundi meet and greet
I’ll be at the Eumundi Markets on Wednesday October 22 from 10-12pm if you would like to come and say hello, and have a chat about what’s happening in Eumundi.