Cr McKay - Behind the scenes at Maroochy Garden
  • Thursday 03 November 2016

From weeding in front of the Contemplation Garden to maintaining and planting activity at Whipbird Village, repairing the beautiful water feature near the Friends colonnade and installing drainage and path construction near the tool shed, our Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden are doing an absolutely magnificent job.

I wanted to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the volunteers for the incredible contribution they make to maintaining and enhancing our precious Garden for the whole community to enjoy.

Still at the Garden, imagine practicing yoga for free within this naturally beautiful tranquil bushland setting.

If this sounds good to you, why not put it into reality by heading to the Garden on Saturdays from 7-8am starting November 5 for 10 weeks with a Christmas break. Bookings not required. Visit council’s website for details on this new initiative from council’s Healthy Sunshine Coast program.

A quick note that council will be setting traps for wild dogs in early November in the Upland Bush Walk area where there having been sightings.

Locals leading with sustainable solutions

I’m delighted but not surprised to see a number of our wonderful local organisations have been named finalists for the Sustainability Solutions category in the upcoming Sunshine Coast Business and Tourism Awards.

Good luck to Maleny Credit Union, Good Harvest Organics and Spare Harvest at the awards ceremony this weekend.

Pest management

Council continues to work proactively with the community to manage pest animals and plants in an effective and environmentally sustainable manner within regulations including trialling new methods.

On a related note, following new state government legislation for pest plant and animal management on private property, council is currently developing a new local pest management plan to help residents manage their obligations regarding invasive plant and animal species in their own backyards. Keep your eyes and ears out for further information soon about how you can help shape the plan.

Change of pace in Flaxton

Heads up Main Roads have changed the speed limit on Flaxton Drive from 80kph to 60kph in both directions. Some locals have let me know they were caught unawares of the change and wished to also bring it to others’ attention.

 Healthy Towns Awards 

Many congratulations to Kay Nixon, last week announced the winner for the community gardens project in Palmwoods.