Cr Maria Suarez - First few weeks at council
  • Wednesday 13 May 2020

Thank you to everyone who supported me to be your local representative for Division 9. I feel very strongly about ensuring your voice is heard at council, and that you are consulted with on decisions that impact you.

My first weeks at council have been busy with workshops and 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 at the moment. 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 relevant issues. As soon as restrictions are lifted further I plan to be at locations convenient to you via a mobile office.
Doorknocking and meeting with residents and community groups over the past months has given me a good understanding of the local issues that are important to you. Some of these were focusing on ensuring development applications are compliant with the town plan, involving the community in consultation projects for a fair and balanced view of community sentiment, improved pathways and a desire for a kerbside collection service. If you have other suggestions, please contact me on 07 5451 6503 or

Who could have predicted the pandemic that’s affected our lives? I’m sure many businesses and residents were pleased to hear the restrictions will soon begin to ease. Head to council’s website if you’d like to stay up to date with the reopening process.
Cr. Maria Suarez
Division 9 – Sunshine Coast Council