- Tuesday 08 December 2015
This year marks 150 years since the original South Sea Islanders arrived on the Sunshine Coast and this anniversary was commemorated with a special event in November. While I was unable to attend, I would like to acknowledge the significance of this event, congratulate DASSI Assn Inc. on what I hear was a fantastic event, and thank Mayor Mark Jamieson for attending on behalf of council. I’m told it was a great day of speeches, traditional food and entertainment. I’m proud that council supports important cultural heritage events such as this through its Heritage Levy.
Displaying our history
Last month the Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society held an outstanding display at the public hall, titled Remembering Our Locals. The display contained a number of memorabilia, local stories and various historical displays honouring our local men and women during WW1-2. One of the unique features of the display was the recognition of all the animals who supported our war veterans, with stories of their incredible acts of bravery to help save the lives who served. I would like to sincerely congratulate president Ailsa Watson and her hardworking committee, the CWA and all the volunteers and supporters for making this such a memorable day.
Plans in place for Halcyon
It was terrific to attend the launch of Halcyon Landing’s community disaster management plan. Presentations were provided by the emergency response group chair, David Snell, Sunshine Coast Council, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services representatives. This plan provides detailed information for Haylcon residents on what to do to in the event of a natural disaster. It's terrific to see a community group using their initiative to get on the front foot before disaster strikes, rather than leaving it to the last minute.
World’s largest floating wetlands
Bli Bli’s first floating wetland is now out on the water in Parklakes. I joined Mayor Mark Jamieson and community members to launch the wetland recently and was intrigued at the environmental science behind it. The plant species which make up the wetland have extensive roots that stretch down below the surface to help keep the lake clean – it’s quite an innovative approach to protecting and enhancing our waterways. The University of the Sunshine Coast is now studying the wetland as part of the world’s largest floating wetland research project.
Keeping the mozzies at bay
I joined council officers on a routine mosquito inspection around Maroochy River late last month. While the mozzies have certainly become more of a nuisance, as they do in Bli Bli most summers, there’s not currently any increase in disease risk as the particular species bothering us at the moment is not a known disease carrier.
Council has just carried out aerial treatments to reduce the larval numbers. The mosquito treatment products are not harmful to humans and other living creatures and they are applied under strict state and federal legislation including under a Marine Parks Permit issued by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Another year gone
By the time I write my next column the holidays will have been and gone, so I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to catching up with many of you in 2016.