Cr Robinson - Solar Farm Community Meeting
  • Wednesday 12 November 2014

Boundary change

My position on the proposed boundary change issue remains with my full support on the Sunshine Coast Councils position. We have been incredibly disappointed with the misinformation being promoted by residents recent weeks, which required a full and frank response through Mayor Mark Jamieson’s open letter.  His message couldn’t be any clearer.

I also agree with all the important points my colleague Councillor Greg Rogerson raised in the last Eumundi Green. A unified region is critical to the future of the EDV communities – a strong Sunshine Coast Council provides better support, including more money for infrastructure and an increased likelihood of grants from state and federal governments.  The ongoing instability and uncertainty also poses a challenge to community well-being and economic growth – and I believe it’s time we moved on.

Solar farm community meeting

As many of you will know, council has lodged a Material Change of Use (MCU) development application to build a solar farm at Valdora. This project will significantly reduce our carbon emissions, contribute to council’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020 and position us as leaders in the renewable energy space.

This exciting initiative will also provide real savings for council and therefore our ratepayers. The solar farm is estimated to save council millions of dollars over a 30-year period based on today’s electricity costs, which are anticipated to increase substantially in the future. If you would like to hear more about this project, a community meeting is being held on Monday November 17, 6.30pm, at Coolum Beach Christian College.

Meet and greet

My last Eumundi ‘meet and greet’ was very busy, with plenty of passers-by wanting to talk about the issues of the day, including the proposed boundary change. My observation was that the community strongly supports the direction that has been set by Sunshine Coast Council and Eumundi’s major community groups – to maintain a unified region. Thank you to everyone who comes along to these ‘meet and greet’ sessions each month. It’s a really valuable opportunity for me to get to know the community and understand what’s important to you.

First appeared in Eumundi Green on November 12