- Monday 22 August 2016
It’s AGM time
The Annual General Meeting season is well upon us, with all local organisations having committee positions up for grabs. I have attended the AGMs for many community groups around Bli Bli this year and it has certainly given me an even great appreciation of the outstanding work these groups do for our community. With dedicated groups such as the Bli Bli Rural Fire Brigade, the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary support group, Neighbourhood Watch and the Bli Bli Community Association we are in great hands. With thousands of hours of personal time devoted to improving community outcomes, these amazing volunteers deserve our thanks for the work they have done over the past year and for their continuing commitment to the year ahead.
New interpretive centre at the wetlands sanctuary
It was terrific to be part of the official opening of the upgraded Maroochy Wetlands Interpretive Centre. This project was a labour of love, which converted the old Perren Cane Cutters Cottage to a modern educational display of the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary story. I would like to congratulate former president Derek Foster and his hardworking committee for working with council staff, indigenous elders, the Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society and other stakeholders to create a wonderful visitor experience. If you haven't already seen the interpretive centre or visited the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, please find some time to enjoy this pristine environment.
Progress on the shopping centre
Anyone who has been to the River Markets Shopping Village in recent times will have noticed that work has commenced on the nearby Bli Bli Village Centre, which will significantly expand our retail options. In listening to residents I can tell you that everybody in Bli Bli and the nearby suburbs is really excited about this project. I think Roz and Michael White will create a fantastic shopping centre with a wonderful variety of shops and services.
In memory of Wilf Harris
I would personally like to pay my respects to the Harris family on the passing of Bli Bli centenarian Wilf Harris at just over 100 years of age. In my time in council I have had a number of dealings with Wilf and found him to be one of nature's true gentlemen, with a kind and caring character and a strong community heart. His support of the Rural Fire Brigade, the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary and many other groups and projects in the Bli Bli community will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Wilf – you were one of a kind. My sincere condolences to Wilf’s son Peter and extended family.