Safety upgrade to begin at Nicklin Way intersection
Work to extend the Nicklin Way right-turn lane into Kawana Island Boulevard (also known as Aquatic Drive), Warana, is due to start this Sunday (31 July).
Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey said the work would improve safety and traffic flow at this location by extending the southbound right-turn lane by about 50 metres.
“Due to high traffic volumes and the need to keep all lanes open along Nicklin Way during the day, work will mostly be carried out at night – between 7pm and 5am, Sunday to Thursday. Occasional day work may also be required.
“It’s expected to take about four weeks to complete, weather permitting.”
For the safety of road workers and motorists, changed traffic conditions, including traffic control, lane closures and speed reductions, will apply.
Minister Bailey said safety around roadworks was everyone’s responsibility.
“Please slow down, follow signs and obey traffic controllers’ instructions,” he said.
For updates on road works and traffic conditions, visit 131940.qld.gov.au. ... See MoreSee Less
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Nambour State College develops Equestrian School of Excellence
Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Showgrounds is the home of award-winning major events and now it has added Nambour State College Equestrian School of Excellence to its growing list of partnerships.
Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said Nambour Showgrounds is a significant multi-purpose facility for the region and hosts a vast array of regular community, sport and recreation activities as well as a range of community and major events.
“Additionally, the Nambour Showgrounds adds considerable community life and economic value to Nambour and the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Rogerson said.
“It is also home to many community groups who use our facilities on a regular basis.
“Council is delighted to now host Nambour State College and its new Equestrian School of Excellence at the Nambour Showgrounds.
“We believe this is the first state school in Australia to include a Certificate II in Rural Operations and Horse Husbandry Assistance in their curriculum and are very pleased that they will be based at the Nambour Showgrounds.”
Each Wednesday, around 14 students start their day at the Showgrounds where they drop off their horses and head into the equestrian classroom.
Nambour State College teacher Lynda Page-Bickley said the Equestrian School of Excellence is run in conjunction with OnlineHorseCollege.com which provides national recognised fully accredited qualifications providing a pathway to working in the local or international equestrian industry.
“The course covers online theory including basic horse care, horse riding lessons by professional instructors and much more,” she said.
“We also organise dentists and farriers to attend the class to ensure the children learn the importance of the welfare of their horse.
“We even teach Bowen Therapy for horses - can you believe it!
“This course is very important to Nambour State College’s curriculum and being able to use the superior facilities at Nambour Showgrounds is an added bonus.
“I also organise an equestrian coaching workshop every second Wednesday afternoon for school students from prep to Year 12 who have their own horse and want to increase their knowledge of owning a horse.”
Image supplied: pictured left to right OnlineHorseCollege.com representative Kathryn O’Donnell, Division 10 Cr Greg Rogerson, Nambour State College teacher Lynda Page-Bickley, student Allukah Rushton, Nambour State College Deputy Principal Matt Bradley and Nambour State College Principal Senior School Sean Maher at today’s launch of the Equestrian School of Excellence at Nambour Showgrounds. ... See MoreSee Less
2016 Election Declaration for the seats Fairfax and Fisher The Australian Electoral Commission today officially declared the 2016 election results for the local Sunshine Coast electorates of Fairfax and Fisher. Here’s a edited package of the proceedings, along with the initial thoughts of the new Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien'Brien and the new Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace.
Both men know that they will be held to account on their upcoming performance and have signalled a new era of coherence, cooperation not only as local Sunshine Coast representatives but also with all tiers of government, federal state and local.
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00:00 Declaration Fairfax 03:20 Declaration Fisher 05:30 Interview Ted O’Brien - Member for Fairfax 07:10 Interview Andrew Wallace - Member for Fisher 09:27 Joint Interview Ted O’Brien and Andrew Wallace
QantasLink to start Melbourne-Sunshine Coast flights
QantasLink will commence seasonal direct flights between Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast over the upcoming peak summer holiday period, following the success of the direct Sydney services launched last year.
QantasLink will operate four return flights per week between Melbourne and the Sunshine Coast from December 16, 2016 to January 21, 2017 on its two class Boeing 717 aircraft.
In addition to QantasLink’s current schedule of six return flights from Sydney, providing 1320 seats to and from the region every week, the airline will further increase flights with an additional return service on Saturday and Sunday from October 30.
QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing said the seasonal flights from Melbourne and expanded weekend schedule from Sydney would meet increased demand and were part of the airline’s commitment to supporting local tourism.
“We’re pleased to offer our customers in Victoria direct flights to the Sunshine Coast this summer as it’s proved to be a popular destination for Australians looking to holiday close to home,” Mr Gissing said.
“We’re always looking at opportunities to expand our network where there is demand, and of course promote the best of what Australia has to offer.
“We’ve seen consistently high passenger numbers on our Sydney to Sunshine Coast services and this prompted us to introduce these seasonal flights.”
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson welcomed the new flights today, saying they were a win for Sunshine Coast locals looking to travel to Victoria as well as holidaymakers from the southern states planning on visiting the Coast over the Christmas-New Year school holidays.
“It is almost a year to the day that we announced the Flying Kangaroo’s return to the Sunshine Coast with its Sydney schedule and look at the great progress that has been made over those 12 months,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The services that began in December with a leisure-based schedule and then switched to business flight timings in February have been so successful that Qantas has now expanded its Sunshine Coast connection with these Melbourne flights and additional weekend Sydney flights.
“This is an outstanding show of support from Qantas and I’m sure will be much appreciated by our local residents and visitors.”
Visit Sunshine Coast acting CEO Simon Latchford applauded the decision by Qantas, saying the move is a huge win for travellers and the Sunshine Coast tourism industry.
“Today’s announcement highlights Qantas’ strong commitment to the Sunshine Coast and provides more choice for visitors during the peak summer holiday period,” Mr Latchford said.
“This is another significant milestone for our growing tourism industry, supports our growing popularity as a destination and aligns with our domestic marketing efforts to attract more visitors from Victoria.
“We know the flights in December and January will significantly boost domestic tourism to meet a growing demand during this busy time and are optimistic the trial period will be extended into 2017.”
Background The seasonal Melbourne-Sunshine Coast services will commence from December 16, 2016 through to January 21, 2017 return flights scheduled at various times operating on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday each week.
Tickets for Melbourne – Sunshine Coast services will go on sale August 2, 2016.
The additional Sydney-Sunshine Coast Services will commence from October 30.
From July 1st Mayor Jamieson will replace one of the Sunshine Coast’s favorite daughters and SunnyKids current Patron, Jessica Watson who has generously served SunnyKids for five years.
CEO Chris Turner says “SunnyKids is working closer with council and in particular now having the Mayor as Patron will further assist the development of SunnyKids including their capacity to support the implementation of council’s Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015.”
"If we can effect change in the lives of the 1,000 children currently identified as vulnerable simply because they lack the necessary protective factors to keep them safe and nurtured, then not only will we prevent them from ever having to enter into homelessness, violence or crime but we will improve their health, wellbeing and employment trajectories making the return on SunnyKids work for the Sunshine Coast exponential," he said.
Mayor Jamieson has been a proud supporter of SunnyKids over a number of years and the 2015 Award to Mr Turner as Citizen of the Year further solidified this relationship with council. In November 2015 Mayor Jamieson launched SunnyKids ‘It Takes A Village’ Local Child Sponsorship Program, with the Mayor signing on as one of the program’s first child sponsors.
“We want to ensure every child on the Coast is heard and no-one is forgotten – it’s important all children in our community have the opportunity the reach their full potential,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“SunnyKids is providing a great opportunity for our local community to help kids in their own backyard – in their own “village” – and I’m proud to be a child sponsor and newly appointed Patron of this important local charity.”
Sunny kids also announced the inaugural Mayoral Ball to be held on White Ribbon Day Friday November 25th. The event will raise awareness, profile and funds for three Sunshine Coast charities that provide support services to the Sunshine Coast community, for the benefit children, students and families in need.
Like your water and sewerage bills paid for an entire year?
Andrew and Miranda van Veen have been being named as the very first winners of a new Unitywater competition to encourage people to sign up for e-billing.
“I could not believe we had won the prize and asked if they were joking,” Mr van Veen said of the initial phone call advising the lucky couple of the win. “What a wonderful, unexpected surprise.”
Mrs van Veen said the prize, valued at up to $1500, will make a big difference to the family budget.
“It is a whole year of free water for us,” she said. “We can now use the money saved towards the children's education and other important matters.”
Unitywater’s e-billing is an online accounts and billing service. It allows customers to access their account online, receive their bills by email or SMS, and choose convenient payment options.
Unitywater is selecting four winners (one per quarter) as part of the competition. The van Veens were the first winners, followed by Margaret and Graham Neilson of Strathpine. Two more winners will be drawn in the coming months.
Entries are open to Unitywater residential account holders who sign up for e-billing and are Australian residents over the age of 18. Existing e-billing customers are automatically entered in the competition.