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The Sunshine Coast Council wants its residents to be prepared ahead of the impending weather event associated with cyclone Marcia #TCMarcia
Avoid unnecessary journeys, plan on being self sufficient for three days if needed, stay out of flooded waterways and the beaches.
Weather warnings, road closures and other important information can be found on Council’s Disaster Hub at www.disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. Disaster Hub also links to airport updates, traffic cameras, flood mapping, and Council’s news updates and social media.
Safety on the water is top priority for the Maroochy Sailing Club and that prerogative remains firmly afloat thanks to Sunshine Coast Council.
Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said he recently granted the club $1500 towards the purchase of a new outboard motor for one of its safety rescue boats.
“The money for this new motor was provided to the club from Mayoral and Councillor Discretionary Funding 2014-15,” he said.
“The Maroochy Sailing Club has been operating for more than 50 years and includes members from six years of age to 78 years of age and it is one of the few remaining volunteer-operated sailing clubs.
“For the past 17 years the club had to carefully manage an outboard motor on one of its safety rescue boats but it got to a stage recently where the motor needed more than $1000 of rebuilding just to keep it running.
“So it’s an absolute pleasure to grant the club $1500 towards a new outboard motor that will allow them to continue to safely teach kids and adults the skills and thrills of sailing for many more years to come!”
Maroochy Sailing Club Commodore, Gard Saunders said the new motor helped the club maintain its high safety standards.
“We always have a support (rescue) motor boat alongside all children’s sailing and this new outboard motor ensures we have equipment that is reliable at a moment’s notice,” he said.
“Due to our increasing member numbers, the club recently bought an additional support boat and a new motor for another of our safety rescue boats. We also had to undertake $30,000 in repairs and refurbishments to our clubhouse and canteen after the 2011 floods so this assistance from council was much needed!
“Maroochy Sailing Club is growing in popularity with young people and children and our membership has nearly doubled over the past three years.
“Safety is the number one priority for all of our members and thanks to this generous grant from Cr O’Pray we can now ensure our high standards are maintained.”
The Work Shop, the employment and training centre for construction work on the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital has re-opened in a new location off Kawana Way near the multi-storey carpark ‘P2’.
New Operations Manager, Colleen Lucas who commenced with The Work Shop in late 2014 has hit the ground running.
Colleen has spent 15 years in news media management, including deputy general manager of Sunshine Coast Daily.
The Hornery Institute, national skilling and employment manager, Andrew Grimshaw said that Colleen’s skills and experience of operations, human resources and stakeholder engagement is a perfect match for The Work Shop’s leadership needs.
“We needed someone who had strong connections on the Sunshine Coast and who could see the future potential of The Work Shop model. To take The Work Shop from the current construction employment and training model on the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital and lead the team to future opportunity,” he said.
Colleen has also worked as a partnership broker and volunteer mentor, focusing on the knowledge attainment and transition of students through schooling into structured workplace learning, further training or tertiary education towards employment.
“Over the past six years my role has focused around facilitating partnerships and developing initiatives by aligning business, industry, government, community and educational organisations. I am excited about The Work Shop and where I can add value with local government and industry partnerships,” she said.
As the construction site heads into peak activity in the first quarter of the year, coupled with 100% procurement, The Work Shop becomes an extremely important contact point for the local jobseeker community.
More than that, it becomes a point of contact for those looking to upskill, to ensure that after the construction of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital has been completed, that the skillset of workers can be utilised across the Coast to improve the region’s economic diversification and create an attractive environment for future investment and talent.
The Sunshine Coast Council has re-invested in The Work Shop in 2015 and therefore remains as a funding partner, along with Lend Lease and The Hornery Institute, who are responsible for the overall governance and day-to-day running of the centre.
The figures continue to rise with local jobseekers benefiting from the service. In total nearly four out of five jobseekers placed on site through The Work Shop are living locally on the Sunshine Coast.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said upskilling the workforce was critical to growing the economy and enabling our younger employees, in particular, to stay here on the Coast.
“One of the biggest successes in this program is that more than 19% of those placed by The Work Shop team were on Centrelink benefits prior to getting a job with Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital contractors.”
“Gaining employment for these workers is much more than just getting people into a job. Our society as a whole benefits as well when the long-term unemployed get work, learn skills and earn a pay packet.”
“There’s the added advantage that as more game-changing projects, such as the Maroochydore City Centre, come on line, we’ll have a readymade workforce, transferring their skills from one project to the next,” Mayor Jamieson said.
Since March 2014, more than 4,500 jobseekers have registered through myworshop.net.au. Nearly a quarter of these jobseekers have qualifications relevant to construction positions on-site, with 1,300 shortlisted through to 32 contactors.
The Work Shop is located at the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital site, off Kawana Way Birtinya (near Gate 4). Jobseekers can contact The Work Shop via www.myworkshop.net.au or email email@example.com.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says her new Cabinet will be focussed on job creation, listening to Queenslanders and acting on their concerns, while restoring integrity and accountability to government in Queensland.
“The new Cabinet is an exciting mix of experience and fresh talent,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“My Government is committed to delivering on the election commitments we made to Queenslanders, and my Cabinet is the team that will fulfil that task.
“First and foremost, today I have directed the Government to cease any and all work being undertaken on the former Government’s asset sales program.
“Today I have delivered on another commitment to reduce the number of Ministers from 19 under my predecessor to 14, saving taxpayers $27 million in this term.
“Including myself, my Cabinet will include four Ministers with previous Cabinet experience, ensuring a smooth transition for the new Government.
“Ministers such as Curtis Pitt, Cameron Dick and Kate Jones bring with them a wealth of previous Cabinet and Parliamentary experience, while the new faces bring their own special skills and experience.
“Coralee O’Rourke, the Member for Mundingburra, will also be in the Cabinet as Minister for Disabilities and Minister for Seniors, along with specific responsibilities for Northern Queensland, exceeding my original commitment to have an Assistant Minister for Northern Queensland.
“The Assistant Minister’s position will now be filled by Stirling Hinchliffe who will directly assist me on integrity and accountability issues while also serving as Leader of the House in State Parliament.
“I’m excited by the level of talent and fresh ideas my Ministers will bring to Cabinet. I have no doubt they will hit the ground running when it comes to delivering for Queenslanders.”
Ms Palaszczuk said she had also moved to appoint Dave Stewart to the position of Director-General of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
“Dave is a highly experienced public servant who has served as a Director-General in Queensland and for the New South Wales Government.
“I’d like to place on record my appreciation to Jon Grayson for the work he has done as Director-General over the past three years and for his commitment to ensuring a smooth and professional transition.
“Until Mr Stewart takes up the position of Director-General it will be filled on an interim basis by long-serving public servant Kevin Yearbury.”
Premier and Minister for the Arts
Annastacia Palaszczuk MP
Member for Inala
Minister for Transport
Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
Minister for Trade
Jackie Trad MP
Member for South Brisbane
Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations
Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
Curtis Pitt MP
Member for Mulgrave
Minister for Health
Minister for Ambulance Services
Cameron Dick MP
Member for Woodridge
Minister for Education
Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Small Business
Minister for the Commonwealth Games
Kate Jones MP
Member for Ashgrove
Minister for State Development
Minister for Natural Resources and Mines
Dr Anthony Lynham MP
Member for Stafford
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
Minister for Training and Skills
Yvette D’Ath MP
Member for Redcliffe
Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services
Minister for Corrective Services
Jo-Ann Miller MP
Member for Bundamba
Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister for Sport and Racing
Bill Byrne MP
Member for Rockhampton
Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Minister for Energy and Water Supply
Mark Bailey MP
Member for Yeerongpilly
Minister for Housing and Public Works
Minister for Science and Innovation
Leeanne Enoch MP
Member for Algester
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection
Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
Steven Miles MP
Member for Mount Coot-tha
Minister for Disability Services
Minister for Seniors
Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland
Coralee O’Rourke MP
Member for Mundingburra
Minister for Communities, Women and Youth
Minister for Child Safety
Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Shannon Fentiman MP
Member for Waterford
Leader of the House
Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier
Stirling Hinchliffe MP
Member for Sandgate
Annastacia Palaszczuk MP was sworn in this morning as Queensland’s new Premier. For those that may be wondering what’s in store, take the time to read this exchange of letters between Annastacia and Peter Wellington.
While it’s not a prescription, it does give considerable insight to the parameters around which the state will be governed. It specifically covers some local Sunshine Coast items of great interest such as Halls Creek, the rail duplication, parking around Nambour Hospital. It’s a fascinating read.
Here’s the link: Letter Exchange 2015 (PDF)
The formation of a new Queensland state government is imminent. Crucial to it’s formation, at least in the present context will be the support of independent Member for Nicklin Peter Wellington.
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson is urging Mr Wellington to make the best of what may well be a once in a lifetime opportunity. There’s been enough studies, time for some firm commitments, timetables and funding.
More than 9000 people have a smoother journey to school and university each day, thanks to completion of Sunshine Coast Council’s latest upgrade to Sippy Downs Drive.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the recent $3.2 million upgrade would improve travel in the area now and in the future whenthe Sippy Downs Town Centre is complete.
“The Sippy Downs Town Centre will stimulate the local economy and this upgrade will make it easier for locals – and the growing number of university students – to access the area,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The new cycle lanes and footpaths will make things more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians, which will hopefully encourage residents to leave their cars at home.
“Delivering infrastructure which facilitates active transport helps Sunshine Coast Council reach our goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.”
Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said travel on Sippy Downs Drive was now safer for drivers and pedestrians, including school students.
“Stage 3 of this upgrade has focused on improving a 300m stretch in front of Siena Catholic College,” Cr Dickson said.
“Construction included a new intersection with traffic signals, street lighting, three school bus bays and vastly improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
“In addition to providing a safer and easier route for drivers, this upgrade has improved the visual appeal of the area – extensive landscaping and removal of the overhead power lines looks fantastic.
“Council will be looking to make further improvements to Sippy Downs Drive in the future.”
Cr Dickson said Council acknowledged the contributions of its project funding partners.
“Council greatly appreciates the funding from Energex, the State Government and Habitat Developments, a nearby property owner, who have all contributed to this upgrade,” he said.
“Council acknowledges and thanks Siena Catholic College and St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church for their cooperation.
“We also thank drivers for their patience during construction – I’m pleased this project was completed on time.”
Stage of the Sippy Downs Drive upgrade project included installation of:
Story by Sunshine Coast Council, Video by View News.
Each time Bruce Robson looks out from his balcony, he is reminded of fond memories of his late wife, Julie.
Julie had quietly but consistently campaigned for the Caloundra reservoir on Queen Street to be transformed into something local residents could admire.
“It was a three-year odyssey,” Bruce said.
“She volunteered for a lot of things. I wouldn’t call her community activist, but she held onto this like a dog with a bone.”
Julie sadly passed away from lung cancer in June last year, aged 63, and so did not live to see the project through, but Bruce said she would be pleased with the result.
“I think it’s a terrific outcome. Julie would just be delighted,” he said.
In December last year Unitywater, with local artists and the community, created the bright mural that now covers the reservoir. It aims to capture the tranquillity and natural beauty of Caloundra by depicting the native flora and fauna of its hinterland.
Bruce said it was a great example of the community, council and Unitywater working together.
Unitywater CEO George Theo said nearby residents were so impressed by the mural it was “stopping traffic”.
“The project has been a huge success in bringing the community together,” George said.
“The reservoir has long been a part of the Caloundra community. It’s been wonderful to hear the local stories and memories and now see them interwoven through this mural.”
Unitywater hosted a community barbecue with the Caloundra Rotary Club on Saturday 7 February to celebrate the finished product with local residents.
Sunshine Coast Divisional Councillor Tim Dwyer said he was pleased to see the finished result of the mural project which he had worked on for many years.
“As well as the mural brightening up the reservoir walls, I hope those who have tagged the location in the past will come to appreciate and respect this wonderful piece of public art.
“The project both complements and revitalises the surrounding area and is something we as a community can all enjoy and be very proud of.
“All the feedback I have received has been really positive and the community has been absolutely thrilled with the end result.”
Melbourne-based artist, Mitch Gobel, today announced a $25,000 donation from art sales to Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors in a very special demonstration at the Wildlife Hospital with the assistance of a few of Australia Zoo’s wildlife stars!
Over the coming days Mitch will create a custom artwork on site at Australia Zoo to hang in the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, as a token of his generous donation to the charity. Some precious Australia Zoo residents including a koala and cockatoo have also been practicing their painting skills in anticipation of helping Mitch put the finishing touches on his artwork, which will represent the plight of their threatened cousins in the wild.
Inspired by Steve Irwin’s legacy to protect wildlife and wild places, Mitch quit his job in horticulture almost one year ago to pursue a life-long dream creating art that reflects the beauty of the natural world, and save wildlife in the process. His work with resin techniques are unlike any other, and as the art world recognises his talent, Mitch’s contribution to the conservation efforts of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors grows.
Wildlife Warriors’ key conservation project, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, has treated over 55,000 native Australian wildlife patients in its ten year history. This generous donation from Mitch will go toward the ongoing treatment of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife at the hospital.
Sunshine Coast Council will soon begin work to repair damaged concrete road pavement on Maroochydore’s Duporth Avenue.
Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray said the repairs were scheduled to start on 20 February to ensure completion before the Easter school holidays and the opening of the refurbished Big Top.
“Council will repair the pavers on Duporth Ave between Ocean St and the roundabout entrance to the Big Top shopping complex,” Cr OPray said.
“The new pavers will be more durable and will retain the current look which adds to the character of Duporth Ave.
“We repaired one section of this road in early 2014 and monitored it to ensure this replacement material was successful – now we’re onto the second stage.
“Council is committed to maintaining the roads across our region, and these repair works are part of our $111 million capital works program for 2014-15.”
Councillor OPray said the street would be closed to northbound traffic during construction.
“This work requires traffic to be reduced to one lane, operating in a southbound direction over the seven week construction period,” Cr OPray said.
“I know the reduction to one-way traffic will cause some inconvenience, but I’m sure all will agree it will be worth it to ensure this shared pedestrian and traffic area is safe for everyone.
“I would like to say a big thank you in advance to all the residents and businesses for their patience during construction.”
Large electronic signs will be in place to direct traffic around the affected areas. Council has informed nearby residents, businesses and the Maroochydore Revitalisation Association of the northbound closure and will liaise with them if property access or parking will be affected.
Work is expected to be complete within seven weeks (weather permitting) due to the concrete and sealant curing times.