- Friday 15 February 2019
Pathways around Bli Bli
I’m pleased to let you know I have allocated some of my divisional footpath funding to a new section of footpath on Yandina –Bli Bli Road. It will fill the gap from the end of the existing footpath near the sports reserve, along approximately 340m to Parklakes Drive. This 1.8m wide pathway will provide pedestrian access between Parklakes II and Camp Flat Road, providing continuous pathways to the town centre.
I have also taken community feedback on board regarding better pedestrian and cycle access along David Low Way between Bli Bli Aqua Park and Godfreys Road. There are discussions underway between council officers, Energex and TMR to work out the design, scope and future construction of a pathway along this route. While the budget for this is not yet confirmed, we are working hard to secure that additional funding.
Australia Day Awards
Another outstanding group of locals were acknowledged with this year’s Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards, announced in January.
It was a privilege to spend time with council’s Australia Day Awards recipients at the winners’ breakfast after the formal ceremony. It gave us a chance to catch up with the sponsors, winners, their nominators and the council awards team to reflect on the ceremony, what the recognition means to the winners and their communities, and further acknowledge the tremendous volunteer work these people do.
The event included inspirational speeches from Debra Knight (Sunshine Coast Citizen of the Year) and Professor Alan Mackay-Sim (Australian of the Year, 2017). Debra gave us an overview of her background and what lead her to her leadership role at Gateway Care, where she has grown the program to more than 4000 families on its database with at least 800 families being supported with low cost groceries each week. Alan is a biomedical scientist specialising in stem cell research. Alan’s research into stem cells contributed to the treatment of spinal cord injuries and he explained to us his process of discovering how to recreate neurological pathways in the spinal cord.
Keep these awards in mind throughout the year – I would encourage you to nominate those people you know who always go the extra mile for our community when the 2020 award nominations open later this year.
Meet and greet
It was great to catch up with a few residents at my first Bli Bli meet and greet of the year.
These conversations reiterated to me that while the two major development projects in Bli Bli town centre are creating some traffic snarls, many people accept this is short term and will improve as the projects near completion.
The team from Tour de Cure (fundraising to find a cure for cancer) also dropped in while I was there and I met Glen Wilke who was riding in the tour and seeking sponsorship. He mentioned that the Bli Bli community has been very generous. Well done to those who supported such a great cause. You can support Glen at the tourdecure.com.au website and hit the donate button and use Greg’s name.
My next meet and greet is on Tuesday March 12 at 9-11am, in the usual spot outside the Bli Bli IGA. It’s always a great opportunity to chat with locals and I encourage you to call in if you can.