Cr Jenny McKay's Column

Councillor Jenny McKay
Councillor Jenny McKay
Councillor Jenny McKay

Spring Wild Dog Baiting Program

Council wild dog baiting control program is being conducted on the week of the 3rd to 13th October 2011. This program is being conducted through 24 local groups from Kin Kin to Beerburrum. The required notifications to residents in these areas commenced on the 30th September.

Gardner’s Falls track

I am please to inform that I have secured funding from my capital works program for the emergency access track repair/upgrade at Gardeners Falls. It would appear that a lot of people use the track for various purposes ie: emergencies (ambos), instrument reading, public use, council access (parks and natural areas for maintenance and arboriculture requirements. I am happy to allocate the funding on the basis of safety and would expect the work to commence shortly.


Sharing Information Lunchtime Gathering – If you have had cancer, just been diagnosed, currently receiving treatment, caring for someone with cancer or a family member or friend and would like to be part of a group to meet informally to share information and work together to provide support, fellowship and help to others in this position, we would love you to join us for a light luncheon to discuss the need for such a group for the Hinterland Community. When: Friday 14th October 2011, 12.30pm – 2.30pm at the CWA Hall, 1 Bicentennial Lane, Maleny. Please contact Dot Bellingham 0418 727 789 ( or myself on 5441 8372. RSVP: Monday 10th October 2011

Sunshine Coast Arts Industry Incubators Focus groups

Council, in partnership with the Sunshine Coast community is conducting a feasibility study on the viability of Arts Industry Incubators on the Sunshine Coast including, role, function, location, stakeholders, governance and commerciality. Registration for the focus groups is essential. Focus groups will be held at Maleny (Hinterland Business Centre, 9am-12 noon, 17 October), Eumundi (Eumundi School of Arts Hall, 1-4pm, 18 October) or Buderim (Fusion Alcooringa Centre, 9am-12 noon, 18 October. Nominate a focus group that you can attend by emailing:

Stress and anxiety workshops

SC Coast Libraries are hosting workshops related to the management of stress and anxiety. Find out what the symptoms of stress and anxiety are and what you can do to manage it. UnitingCare Community will present a two hour workshop on stress and anxiety in October. Find out what UnitingCare Community and Lifeline services are available to help people cope with stress and anxiety.
Stress affects people in all aspects of daily life including health, career and relationships.
Make a positive step forward in improving your general wellbeing by attending one of the free workshop sessions being held in nine branches of the Sunshine Coast Libraries. Maleny Neighbourhood Centre Wednesday 26 October 10.00 am – 11.30 pm 5435 3100. Bookings are essential and can be made on the phone or by accessing the libraries website

Tree removal

Tesch Park, Maleny – Council Arborist have advised that they will be removing a dead Queensland Maple tree (Flindersia brayleyana) from Tesch Park, Maleny on Tuesday 4th October. Unfortunately the tree has declined following the upgrade of the park and the extreme weather conditions we experienced at the beginning of the year. A six metre replacement tree of the same species has been sourced from an advanced tree grower and is being transplanted this Friday 7th October.

Drainage Works

Palmwoods Warriors Football Club – contractors have been engaged to undertake drainage works between the top field and clubhouse at Palmwoods Soccer grounds. I am happy to advise that this work has now been completed.

Mooloolah Fun Day

Sunday 16 October mark your diaries for a fun filled day. Once again there will be food, entertainment and a great day for the community to get together and enjoy there regional. The festivities will be held at the Mooloolah Community Centre and I will be there, along with council staff to give away free trees and arborist advice. If you wish to obtain a free tree, please remember that you will need to bring along your rate notice. I would encourage you to get behind this wonderful event; it is a great opportunity to see what is happening in your local community.

Works at Palmwoods Sportsgrounds (Dunning Street)

I am happy to provide an update in relation to works at the Palmwoods Sportsgrounds at Dunning Street.
3 large pines have been removed to enable the cricket shelter to be constructed, a large Cadagi tree near the swimming pool has been removed, trees have been pruned at the entry at the guides end and the tree has been pruned behind the toilet block at the tennis end.


School students can win prizes of $100, $50, $25 by entering The Nambour and District Historical Museum’s Writing Competion “Letters Home”. Students are asked to put themselves in the place of overseas service personnel featured in the museum’s war room and write a letter home – just as was done in World Wars I and II.
Winners will be invited to read their letters at the special Remembrance Ceremony at the museum on Saturday, 12 November, from 1-4pm. Kits are available from NDHM, 18 Mitchell Street, Nambour, Sat & Wed 1-4pm or from
Entries close on 26 Octover 2011.


SEQWater is planning to harvest approximately 12 hectares of exotic pine trees on their land in the coming weeks. While valued as a resource in a plantation forestry situation, SEQWater considers these trees to be a weed as they are invading and dominating natural vegetation, decreasing habitat quality and potentially increasing bush fire intensity.
The harvest operation will involve forestry machinery felling and stacking the trees within the harvest sites. This also means log trucks will be ferrying logs to Steve Irwin Way via Gympie Street North and Tytherleigh Street.
This work will occur during normal business hours and is expected to last for approximately two to three weeks. The nature of the operation will also require the closure of their reserve to the general public during hours of operation, and the track between Gympie St North and Kowald Rd will be closed for the duration of these works. If you require any further information, please contact 1800 SEQWATER or email
Maleny & District Rural Fire Brigade – I would like to congratulate Ross Laird on his retirement and wish him well on his return to NZ, I know that he has worked hard and gave a huge commitment to the Brigade and will be missed by all. I would also like to thank the incoming elected Officers who will be assuming positions over the coming year, they are: 1st Officer Mal Moore, 2nd Officer Daniel Sandeman,  3rd Officer Joe Eastmure,  4th Officer Norm Lewis, 5th Officer Bill Sebbens,  6th Officer Alan Elms.  These people provide a wonderful service to our community and I congratulate them all.

Volunteers Buskers and Street Performers

The civic and community events team is calling for expressions of interest from any volunteers, buskers and street performers who would like to be involved in Sunshine Coast Council’s Festive Season program of events:
Carols at Cotton Tree – Sat 3 Dec 2011, 6.30 – 8.30 pm – Cotton Tree Park
Carols on Kings – Sun 18 Dec 2011, 6.30 – 8.30 pm – Kings Beach Amphitheatre
Moolooaba New Years Eve – Saturday 31 Dec 2011, 4 pm to midnight – Mooloolaba Esp.
Australia Day Community Celebration – Thur 26 January 2012, 10 am – 5 pm – Kings Beach Amphitheatre.
To register your interest visit council’s Festive Season “Get Involved” page via the Events Calendar at: