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  • Thursday 25 March 2021

First Nations Forum

Earlier this week (Monday 22 March) I attended a Council-facilitated First Nations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) forum titled First Nations Self-Determination, Representation and Wellbeing. 

The forum had a strong focus on fostering relationships, representation and future wellbeing and included some terrific guest speakers including Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Traditional Custodians, UQ Adjunct Associate Professor and Kombumerri person Dr Mary Graham and Statement from the Heart Working Group First Nations Chair Suzanne Thompson.

It was great to hear many different perspectives, and I was glad to share how our Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 recognised the need to foster inclusive communities which included ensuring all Traditional Owners and First Nations Peoples are valued and respected.

For future First Nations events, keep an eye on the Sunshine Coast First Nations Community Meeting Facebook page.

Domestic Animal Management Plan survey

Whether you’re a pet owner or not, Council wants to hear your thoughts on responsible pet ownership across the region. Council has put together an updated Domestic Animal Management Plan for cats and dogs that will guide pet ownership activities for the next 10 years.

We know that for many people, pets are more than just a pet – they are a part of the family. And we also understand that some people don’t like animals and prefer to enjoy places that are pet free.

This is why we’re inviting every community member to have their say on the new draft plan.

Check out the plan and share your thoughts via the survey on council’s Have Your Say website. Survey closes March 31.

Growing old is not a disease

I recently attended council and USC’s joint Healthy Ageing forum in February. It was a great opportunity to hear from many expert guest speakers. It provided me with confirmation that my whole food-plant-based vegan diet along with regular exercise is the best way to maintain my health and wellbeing.

For lots of tips and ideas on how you can stay active visit