- Tuesday 30 August 2016
I have received enquiries from Sacha, the Editor of the Green, who has been hearing concerns from locals regarding the unsafe condition of the part-existing footpath and walking trail from the Eumundi town centre along Eumundi Range Road to the C.H. Ball Lookout.
I say ‘part-existing’ due to the fact that there is various concrete and bitumen paths already established along this route, however where the establishment of further pathway has become difficult due to the demanding terrain, council has placed it in the ‘too hard basket’.
I understand that locals utilise this walk on a daily basis and if the existing pathway infrastructure was extended to alleviate safety concerns in the problem areas, locals and tourists alike would be far more inclined to want to use this pathway, which in turn promotes healthier lifestyles.
So I’ve taken this issue up with council staff with a view to addressing these safety concerns by extending the pathway and weighing up the costing with community expectations.
I recently met with ABC Sunshine Coast reporter Rob Blackmore who was is doing an in-depth story on Eumundi and the apparent increase in businesses vacating the township. While council can provide local businesses with a wealth of business support through our Economic Development Department, unfortunately market forces are out of our control.
I’m trying as hard as I possibly can to do whatever possible to make Eumundi an attractive hub for investment and business operation into the future – for example the old service station and Butter Factory/Service Station ‘bookend’ site to the north of the Eumundi township is one site that I’m endeavouring to assist the land owner in the lodgement of what I believe will be a sensational new addition to the look and feel of the heritage town on Eumundi.
I’ve also initiated discussion with council’s Traffic Management and Planning staff to investigate more alfresco dining opportunities within Eumundi and increase the town’s appeal seven days a week – not just on market days.
Something BIG on the ‘Horizon’!
The countdown is well and truly on for the massive new Arts and Culture Festival lighting up and entertaining the Sunshine Coast region from the hinterland to the sea, north to south.
The Horizon Festival from September 2 to 11 will include thought-provoking talks, engaging sculptures, block parties and art competitions, workshops, design technology, culinary delight and visual art and music all served up over ten days!
In all there’s more than 220 events taking place region-wide. For more details including a full program, check out www.horizonfestival.com.au
See you round the region, Rogo.