Cr Jenny McKay's Column

Cr Jenny Mckay

Cr Jenny Mckay
Division 5 Councillor - Jenny McKay

Free Holiday Buses are backCouncil in partnership with TransLink, will be providing free travel on all public bus services across the coast from Monday 26 December 2011 to Sunday 8 January 2012.
Free Holiday Buses continue to grow in popularity with more than 200,000 passengers taking advantage of the service during the 15 day period last year. All services are free — you don’t need to do anything special, just use the service as per usual and keep your money in your pocket.
Free services include:

  • TransLink’s Sunshine Coast Sunbus services
  • Glasshouse Country Coaches (Hinterland Connect and Maleny-Landsborough-Beerwah services)
  • Flexilink services (Boreen Point to Tewantin, Conondale to Witta to Maleny, Kenilworth to Mapleton and Peachester to Beerwah)
  • Council Cabs.

Please note that normal booking procedures apply to Council Cabs and Flexilink services. Timetables for Sunbus services are available from the TransLink website or phone 13 12 30.
For Glasshouse Country Coaches, Council Cabs and Flexilink timetables visit council’s Public Transport web pages, or phone (07) 5475 7272.
Playground Replacements – at Corella, Martin Rungert, South River Drive Parks
I am happy to advise that the replacement of playground equipment in the following Corella Park; Landsborough, Martin Rungert Park and South River Drive Park; Mooloolah Valley is due to commence 28 November 2011.
Martin Rungert Park – fenced area – the train in the junior area is to be refurbished. The junior fort, 1 x rocker and 4 way rocker are to be removed and replaced with a Xylubug, Mantis Horn, Single Sprinter, Spider Web and 4 way rocker.
Martin Rungert Park – open area – the fort and swing unity is to be replaced. The equipment may look like there is nothing wrong with it to the general public, however the bottom of the posts are rotting and some items are no longer up to most recent Australian Standards. This equipment will be replaced with a vary similar unity which will have galvanised steel footing to prevent premature rotting. The new play area will also include a sing, new fort, rubber wear pads and turf batter.
Corella Park – the existing rocker and deck/fort unity will be replaced, however the swing including the rubber wear pad will remain. The new equipment will include a spider rocker, maypole, deck, rubber wear pad and turf batter.
South River Drive Park – the existing equipment; fort and swing will be removed and replaced. A new deck and swing will be installed, including a rubber wear pad and turf batter.
These Installations are expected to take 3 weeks. The Contractor (The Play Works) will endeavour to have one play area in Martin Rungert Park opened to the public at all possible times. Project signage has been put up advising that works are due to commence.
Montville’s Amazing Christmas Hampers – Montville is the perfect place to do your Christmas Shopping this year.  Beautiful village, unique gifts, great dining options and also the chance to win one of three amazing hampers.
Over 40 local businesses have donated prizes worth $8,000.  Purchase a gift of $25 or more at a participating Montville retailer to receive an entry.  Do all your shopping in Montville to increase your chances.
The winners will be drawn at this year’s Montville Village Association Carols night on Wednesday 21 December, 2011 on the Village Green.  Postage will be paid for winners within Australia.
Arts Connect Inc – is a Blackall Range based arts organisation. They seek to implement new opportunities for members and hold a monthly art market ‘Artists on the Green’, which features work from local artists & craftspersons and is held the 3rd Sunday each month from 9.30-3.00 on the Montville Village Green.
Other initiatives are ‘Sculpture on the Edge’, collaborating with Open Gardens and in August the successful Creative Spaces-Open Studio program. For more details see
Supported by Sunshine Coast Regional Council, ‘Artists on the Green’ is where members can set up a stall to sell good quality artworks, with no middle men and no competitive marketing they can present their work in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Few markets in Australia are genuine artist markets. It is this uniqueness that brought the Better Homes and Gardens team to Montville in October. With a full day filming on the Green, a range of talented members were presented in their Nov 11th Eye on Oz showcase. Also on the show, Kirsten Cash demonstrated her wonderfully creative lanterns in her Witta studio. Congratulation Arts Connect Inc, for the wonderful service you are providing to the general public.
Christmas tree installations in division 5

Fig tree at Village Green, Main St (south of Memorial Close)
Gum tree in Kolora Park, Woombye-Palmwoods Rd
Hoop pine in Town Park, Corlis Ave.(skate park)
Conondale (new)
Tree in Boyle Park next to swimming pool
Maleny (new)
Tree on the roundabout Maple and Coral Sts

Banner installations
Council has commissioned a number of new banners that will be prominently displayed during the Festive Season. The festive banners are designed to reflect our coastal and hinterland communities and to bring a festive feeling to our towns.

Landsborough Maleny St
Maleny Maple St
Montville Montville Rd
Woombye Blackall St

Festive Season events
Nearly 50 activities and events have been supported or produced through the Festive Season Strategy by council for this year’s Festive Season. These range from community based festive activities to council’s signature event – New Years Eve Mooloolaba. A number of events will occur in division 5 for the festive Season:

Name  Locality  Date  Organisers 
Palmwoods Green Bush Christmas Palmwoods 25 November Blackall Range Community Church
Conondale Christmas Pool Party Conondale 26 November Conondale Swimming Pool Committee
Mooloolah Valley Christmas Mooloolah 17 December Mooloolah Valley Community Association
Shop Montville Tree Lighting Ceremony Montville 2 December @ 7pm Montville Chamber of Commerce
Maleny Christmas Carnival Maleny 9 December Maleny Chamber of Commerce
Display for Peace Montville 10 – 15 December Montville Uniting Church
Maleny Community Breakfast Maleny 25 December Maleny Neighbourhood Centre