Cr Maria Suarez Bli Bli Bulletin Column August 2020
  • Friday 21 August 2020

It’s been a busy three months since my last column. There have been council meetings (which you can tune into via the live stream from council’s website), community meetings and lots of issues to work through or projects to progress.

During COVID-19, I’ve had a number of phone conversations with community and sporting groups and now that restrictions have eased, have had the pleasure of meeting a few groups in person. Community groups and associations are fundamental to the needs of those in their neighbourhood and further afield and I’m excited about being involved in future projects with them. If you have issues or suggestions to discuss, please contact me on 5475 9810 or I also invite you to follow me on Facebook where I try to keep you up to date on issues that affect you.

Bli Bli home to region’s largest First Nations public art sculpture
I’m so proud to see the three-metre high First Nation’s warrior’s shield in Bli Bli and congratulate Kabi Kabi Traditional Custodians Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller on their work.
It’s part of a new series of eye-catching Kabi Kabi artworks being installed to pay homage to Bli Bli’s indigenous roots. The artists were inspired by a hand-made Kabi Kabi shield and used 3D digital scanning technology to re-create the handmade shield, but on a much, much larger scale.
The colours and patterns of the contemporary artwork also share and reflect the dreamtime legends of Maroochy, Coolum and Ninderry. The First Nations art features are an important part of the $1.5 million streetscape project to revitalise Bli Bli along David Low Way.
The fresh multi-stage streetscape project will include new safer pathways, undergrounding of overhead power, a green space and street furniture to welcome our community and visitors into Bli Bli. A second sculpture, representing Maroochy River, will be installed in conjunction with the future Bli Bli Tavern development planned for further along David Low Way.

Kathleen Drive Park, Bli Bli
Council recently sought feedback from Bli Bli residents on a proposal to improve urban stormwater quality runoff at Kathleen Drive Park. This proposal included the reconfiguration of the existing parkland space for a more even surface and to allow for the inclusion of a sediment basin and a bioretention basin. The sediment and bioretention basins will improve stormwater quality before it flows into Petrie Creek, while the proposed parkland will be raised to have greater flood immunity. Petrie Creek is part of the Maroochy River catchment and home to patches of remnant Grey Mangroves. This type of stormwater management system will assist in improving stormwater quality, which enhances our waterways and surrounding natural environment.
Thank you to the three Bli Bli residents who sent in your feedback – a council officer is responding to each of you individually, and I can advise that your feedback will be incorporated into the final design. Construction is due to begin in late 2020.

Well done to local sports club
Well done to our local sports clubs that secured funds through council’s 2020 Sports Field Maintenance Funding program. I’m glad it’ll help to keep their fields in great condition over the next three years. It takes a lot of work to put these grants together, which are often written by volunteers so congratulations to the Bli Bli Little Athletics Centre ($10,368) and the Bli Bli United Football Club Inc ($15,788).

Cr. Maria Suarez
Division 9 – Sunshine Coast Council