Councillor Jenny McKay's Column

Councillor Jenny McKay
Councillor Jenny McKay
Councillor Jenny McKay

Razorback Rd Landslip – Council will be commencing slip repairs on Razorback Rd, Hunchy on 21st September. Due to the steep drop off and safety of site workers, this work will require the one laning of traffic through the area. Variable ‘Message Boards’ will be going up this week to notify all road users of likely delays, which is expected to be up to 10 minutes in duration. This work is of a similar nature to the repairs carried out further down on Hunchy Rd, except they will be stretched out over a larger period. It is anticipated that these works will take up until the end of the year, weather permitting. These works need to commence now before the wet season starts as there are already signs of movement on the edge of the road. Unfortunately the advice we have received from Main Roads is that they won’t be opening the Palmwoods – Montville Rd (as an alternative route) until February next year which is too long for Council to wait.  
  
Div 5 Building Works – here are some of the projects in my division that have recently commenced or are about to commence:
 
  • Work is almost completed on the refurbishing the Glenroy Park Toilet Block in Montville. We are adding a new unisex disabled toilet cubicle as well as refurbishing and expanding the male and female cubicles. Work will also be carried out on the disabled parking bay to make the access to the toilet block more accessible than it currently is.
  • Work is soon to commence on the refurbishment of the existing toilet block at the Duck Pond Park off Chevallum Rd adjacent to the rail line at Palmwoods. This building is to be refurbished as well as having a new unisex disabled cubicle added to the site.
  • Works have commenced on the refit of the amenities at the Palmwoods Aquatic Centre .
  • Lingara Ave Palmwoods – Sports Complex construction of toilet block – A  builder has been appointed to commence the building work of a toilet block at the Palmwoods Sports Complex.
 
Rural Futures Online Discussion Forum – The planned online consultation to inform the draft Rural Futures Strategy has now gone live utilising the Bang The Table software that was used for the Community Plan.  It can be found at http://haveyoursay.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/ruralfuturesstrategy The link to the site and further details about the Rural Future Strategy is now on the Councils website here – http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=rural-futures-strategy2
The online process will be supplemented by 3 community forums that will take place in Maleny on 27 September (Maleny RSL – 7-9am), Nambour on 28 September (Nambour Civic Centre 7-9am) and Cooroy (Cooroy Hotel 7-9am) on 29 September which will include any key issues raised as part of the online process.  I urge residents with interests in rural lands to take this opportunity to contribute and I look forward to seeing as many people as possible in Maleny on the 27 Sept and Nambour on the 28th. I cannot express how important it is to take the time to feed your concerns or aspirations into this process.
Make sure to book your place and have your say. If you cannot attend one of the workshops, you can contribute to the online discussion.
Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards 2012 – Now Open – These awards provide an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the many local heroes within our community and to recognise personal achievements or outstanding service that may otherwise go unnoticed.
 
The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards 2012 categories include:
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community
  • Creative
  • Business
  • Environment
  • Sports and Recreation
 
Further details and entry kits are available through council libraries and customer service centres with downloadable kits or online nominations via council’s website.
 
Nominations close on Friday 30 December 2011. Contact council’s Senior Community Events Officer, Janine Symons or email ausdayawards@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for more details.
 
 
Last chance to have your say – The opportunity for providing community feedback on Sunshine Coast Council’s suite of local laws closes on Sunday 11 September – make sure you have your say.
To find out how to have your say, and to follow progress of the draft local laws, visit council’s website, customer contact centres or libraries.
 
Hovard Road Safety, Maintenance and Quarry Rehabilitation – for those who have recently written to council concerning the old Hovard Road quarry site. I wish to inform that there is no intention to reuse the site as a quarry, however Council have commenced a number of actions which include assessing safety; bush fire mitigation and general clean up of the site, which may include part removal of vegetation and levelling of the soil mounds. These works will take place over coming months and are dependant on a range of factors including specialist reports, necessary approvals, weather conditions and availability of appropriate personnel and equipment. In regard to the condition of Hovard Road, Council’s Civic Works Services inform me that this road will be maintained to a safe standard. 
 
Grace and Jessica’s Road Smart Day – Monday 12 September the business community of Woombye will paint the town in splashes of pink and purple as a special tribute to our local girls. The Woombye Business and Community Association will again host the walk from the RSL Hall Woombye to the intersection to ensure that the community’s wishes for a safer intersection are not forgotten by the state government. Welcome to join with myself and Peter Wellington, leaving the Hall at   7am.  At the intersection walkers will be asked to participate in the Road Smart Pledge.
 
Rangebrook Estate, Woombye – residents have requested a fence next to the footpath opposite numbers 62 – 74 Country View Street as the footpath is adjacent to a very steel verge onto the railway line. Council is looking into this request. I would also like to feedback to the residents of this estate, that I am committed to providing some children’s recreational play equipment, however at this point in time it is difficult to locate a suitable area to place it. When the estate was approved by council a parcel of land was secured for its environmental values. There may be some opportunity to establish a small children’s playground on the perimeters of this reserve.
 
Walk for Daniel – Friday 28th October – update, we are working closely with the Daniel Morecombe Foundation, council officers and the police services for this years walk. The Walk will commence at 7am from the Christian Outridge Centre and will conclude at the Palmwoods AFL Grounds, Jubilee Drive, Palmwoods. I will keep you updated as final arrangements are made.
 
Mary River bridge, Moy Pocket – Council was presented with a report advising of a  special funding offer from the Department of Transport and Main Roads for the replacement of the existing bridge over the Mary River at Moy Pocket.
The Mary River bridge is a timber structure crossing the river approx 8 kilometres north east of Kenilworth and is jointly owned by both the Sunshine Coast Council and Gympie Regional Council. The single lane bridge is old, in poor condition and provides very little flood immunity. The bridge has been reviewed by structural engineers who have recommended a number of actions for both Council’s to respectively maintain the serviceability and safety of the bridge.
In recognising the strategic nature of the bridge, the Department of Transport and Main Roads have made a financial offer to both Councils for the replacement of the bridge with the following conditions: the funding is for a two lane structure having a load rating of SM 1600; the existing bridge is to remain open without restrictive load limits until completion of the new bridge and the at the funding offer is capped at $3M.