Cr Thompson - Swimming for the kids
  • Thursday 07 August 2014

The annual Island Charity Swim – Mudjimba to Mooloolaba via Old Woman Island, will be held this Saturday (August 9) and I’m looking forward to participating as an individual swimmer for the first time.

I’ve done the 11km ocean swim before as part of a team and despite working up to it, I expect to find this year’s individual event to be quite challenging.

But to see the smiles on the kids at Currimundi and Nambour Specials Schools before and after the swim, makes it worthwhile.

What I love about this event is that it is not a race. It’s all about students and their families and the community pulling together – those in the water and those who organise from the shore – to raise funds and make a difference.

If you’d like to make a difference by swimming or making a donation, please visit

Flying high on success

London City, Dublin, Prague and Sunshine Coast all have something in common – their airports have been internationally recognised for managing carbon emissions and reducing carbon footprints.

In an Australian-first, Sunshine Coast Airport has been accredited under the Airport Carbon Accreditation program at Level 2 Reduction.

Sound building design, smart building technologies, state-of-the-art ceiling fans and a new air-conditioning system have combined to ensure our airport leads by example and plays a pivotal role in reducing carbon emissions.

As part of our goal to become Australia’s most sustainable region we aim to eventually achieve carbon neutrality across every council building.

Now that’s a green tick for the environment.