- Thursday 21 May 2020
Thank you to everyone who supported me to be your local representative for the Sunshine Coast Council Division 9 electorate. I feel very strongly about ensuring your voice is heard at council, and that you are consulted with on decisions that impact you.
It’s been a busy first few months of training to learn about council processes – but it’s also really important to stay in touch with the community I represent. COVID-19 makes that difficult but I’m talking to people over the phone and working on making it easy for community groups to link to online meetings to discuss their issues. As soon as restrictions lift further, I plan to be at locations convenient to you via a mobile office.
Doorknocking and meeting with residents in Bli Bli recently has given me a good understanding of local issues important to you. These included ensuring development applications are compliant with the town plan and involving the community in consultation projects for a fair and balanced view of community sentiment. I hope to see you at the Bli Bli Public Hall and Community Association Inc when meetings recommence. If you have issues or suggestions to discuss, please contact me on 5475 9810 or email@example.com
Environment and liveability portfolio
In partnership with Cr Peter Cox, I’ve been allocated to the Environment and Liveability portfolio. On top of representing the residents of Bli Bli and Division 9, this allows me to be involved with Council proposals, issues and activities relevant to the environment and liveability of the Sunshine Coast, as well as provide input and advice to Council officers on these matters. Two projects in this area that I’m keen to see progress are the Doonan Wetlands and Blue Heart projects.
Bli Bli Streetscape
New eye-catching Kabi Kabi public artworks will be installed as part of the Bli Bli streetscape project, set to transform Bli Bli Town Centre on David Low Way.
Works started in late April to install the first artwork which celebrates the indigenous stories of Bli Bi and the surrounding landscape. Installation will be complete by the end of May, weather permitting.
The artworks have been designed and visioned by local First Nations people, Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller, who worked with Urban Art Projects to produce the region’s largest First Nations commissioned public art sculpture.
The new work uses 3D digital scanning technology, to recreate a hand-made Kabi Kabi shield supplied by the artists.
The Aboriginal art features are an important part of the $1.5 million multi-stage streetscape project which will include new pathways, undergrounding of overhead power, planting and street furniture that will welcome people into Bli Bli.
The second artwork will be installed in conjunction with the Bli Bli Tavern development.
Muller Park dog park
Community consultation supported the idea of a fenced off-leash dog area to be placed at Muller Park which will be constructed in the next financial year. It will provide the much desired separation of dogs from the children’s playground and picnic tables. Dog owners can let their dogs run free within the fenced area while remaining safe from the busy road.
Thanks again for your support. I’m really looking forward to working closer with you all on issues that are important to you.
Cr. Maria Suarez
Division 9 – Sunshine Coast Council