Division 9 – Sunshine Coast Council

May 11th, 2022


IT WAS wonderful to see many local schools and community groups commemorate ANZAC Day at the Coolum-Peregian RSL Dawn Service recently. Inspirational stories from veterans and understanding and hope from our youth were shared. Thank you all for your participation.


Save the date for Sunday June 5 which will be the Coastal World Environment Day (WED) Fest at Jack Morgan Park. Hosted by council, this event is part of the month-long World Environment Day program. I’m so excited to have the event in Coolum. Another local WED event is the Doonan Planting Festival. Help plant 1000 food trees for glossy black cockatoos, flying foxes and other wildlife at the free family friendly event on Sunday June 26 from 8am to 11am. There’s tree planting, wildlife displays, live music and free food. Registrations are essential. Book now at


Jack Hagan is the next Coolum Keeper. He will be reading Coolum residents’ and visitors’ mail in Tickle Park every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 4pm from May 13 until June 3. Jack is the seventh keeper in a series of 10 interactive public art exhibitions. Letterboxes will be dotted around town and will move location during the project but there will always be one stationed at the library and another at the Arts Hub in Tickle Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 6am to 6pm. Come down and write a message and post it using the letterboxes for Jack to read.


The Barn’s Lane development application has received approval and I thank the community groups and residents who made submissions. This was a great case study of the developer working with the community regarding their application.


For residents who don’t have one, your new garden organics bin will be delivered in May and June 2022, ready for the service to start from Monday July 11. Garden organics bins are collected on the same day as your general waste bin and on the alternate week to your recycling bin. Please don’t use your new garden organics bin until Monday, July 11 – as it won’t be collected before then. If you’re unsure, search ‘bin day’ on council’s website to find your collection day. And please remember to put your bins out before 6am.


A reminder that I regularly share my community chat days, local events, new development applications and other messages on my Facebook page at In the event of wet weather, some of the locations will change for Community Chats. Please check my Facebook page for the latest updates.

April 13th, 2022

ANOTHER stage of the Jack Morgan Park Masterplan is underway with a new public amenities block set to be complete by October 2022. Jack Morgan Park is a much loved ‘green heart’ in Coolum and new amenities will make it more convenient for everyone.

The replacement of the playground equipment at the Cordellia Street Park, Coolum Beach, has been completed. The work included removing the old equipment and installing a new play structure, new concrete edging, new soft-fall rubber and a sandstone retaining wall to sit on. I hope families enjoy the new equipment.

Survey results for a half-court basketball court in Norrie Job Park were overwhelmingly in support.  Thank you to everyone for their valuable comments both for and against. Future upgrades in this park will be mindful of the issues raised and the overall community’s needs.

Projects that are seeking resident input include nominations for the Community Strategy Leadership group; Sunshine Coast Youth Survey; and Neighbour Day where you can nominate a deserving neighbour to win a $100 Bunnings voucher. Go to for details.

Applications for council’s latest round of Minor Grants are now open. Not-for-profit groups are encouraged to apply for up to $2000 to deliver one-off projects, events and activities that provide community benefit. Visit for more information. Applications close on May 3, 2022.

The SEQ City Deal announced funding of $35.3m for the Blue Heart project. While I am seeking clarification on what the funding commitment will actually represent – how much of this funding is guaranteed to come to fruition and how much is new funding and not what has already been spent. Watch this space. Funding to further progress the aims and objectives of the Blue Heart will be of great benefit to the environment, the community and the landowners. For more information visit

If you have issues or suggestions to discuss, please contact me on 5475 9810 or

March 9th, 2022

Thank you to those who cleaned up our environment after the severe weather event recently and who were able to help on Clean Up Australia Day. Considering the event was on the verge of being completely cancelled, we had a good turnout at the Coolum Beach event organised by Ben at Raw Energy Coolum. It was staggering to see the volume of debris on our beaches from the floods. We picked up many pieces of styrofoam from damaged pontoons which looked like pumicestone, other bits of plastic that looked like cuttlefish bone and we even dragged a large piece of infrastructure pipe up from the beach. It was great that we could come together as a community to begin the flood clean-up that I’m sure will go on for some time. 

Council crews have also been out picking up trees, branches and rubbish from recently impacted areas and beaches. They aim to clean up as quickly as tide and weather conditions allow, focusing on high use areas first. Some work may depend on the availability of machinery and any adverse weather, swell or tides. For your own safety, please avoid dangerous areas and follow any on-site signage. Please be kind to our staff and contractors out on site who are doing their best to repair damage and clean up the region.

The Coolum Skate Park was vandalised recently and had to be closed. Following community feedback, council has installed a solar-powered, temporary CCTV at Tickle Park. It will be in place for eight weeks. We hope this will deter any ideas of further damage to the park.

Finally, I would like to thank our community for following emergency warnings, checking on your neighbours and to the many volunteers, emergency workers and council staff who worked long shifts over many days and continued to support the Sunshine Coast during the recovery phase.

February 9th, 2022

The garden organics bin collection service is expanding to households across the Sunshine Coast to those who don’t currently have one from July 2022.

It’s an easy and convenient way to dispose of your lawn clippings, weeds, leaves and other organic garden materials.

Each fortnight, the bin will be emptied by council, and diverted away from landfill and mulched ready to be reused.

Mulching garden waste, instead of dumping it, will extend our landfill life and reduce greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere.

The garden organics bin service is expected to be about $35 per year for a 240L bin and is the first step on our journey to a future Food Organics and Garden Organics (aka FOGO) collection service.

If you already have a garden organics bin your annual fees will reduce to the new rate.

You can find more information at

Also, on our website is more information about the upcoming planning scheme consultation. A planning scheme sets out council’s plan for managing growth and change within our region. It applies to land that you own or rent and affects what you can do with your land and what your neighbour can do with theirs.

Council is in the early stages of preparing a new planning scheme and everyone will soon have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed planning directions for our region. Visit council’s website and sign up today to receive project updates, details on engagement activities and be the first to have your say when consultation begins.

As always, please contact council direct for any service requests such as road hazards, graffiti, dumped rubbish, parking, parks, potholes, roads, trees and waste collections. Contact details or service request forms are available at

January 19th, 2022

Cinnamon Ave works

Happy New Year – I hope the weather over the festive season didn’t disrupt your plans too much. The weather did throw a few of council’s timelines out for some construction projects including the road closure at Cinnamon Avenue, Coolum Beach, between Fourwinds and Spindrift Avenue. The temporary closure is in place to replace the stormwater culvert and will need to be extended to Thursday, March 24, 2022.

Hatchlings cleanup

Unfortunately, council has made the decision to cancel this year’s Clean Up for the Hatchlings in the advertised format due to the ongoing COVID situation. However, the turtles and our beaches still need your help so the event will move to an online format. Please continue to pick up any rubbish (safely with gloves) on your daily walks and keep an eye on council’s Facebook page for ways you can join in safely, in your own time.

Parks and gardens

Council takes pride in making sure our Sunshine Coast parks and gardens look their best but the recent wet weather has delayed some of our mowing and maintenance services and I thank you for your patience while we catch up. If we get enough dry weather our parks and gardens and other grassed areas will quickly return to tip-top condition.


Well done to the recent successful applicants in council’s latest round of Minor Grants (part of the Community Grants program). Coolum Beach Meals on Wheels Inc. received $1818 to replace ceiling fans, Coolum HeARTs Inc received $2000 to purchase art supplies for their participants, and Coolum Board Riders Surfing Association Inc received $2000 for surf safety and awareness through their coaching and training program. More than $81,000 was delivered to 50 local not-for-profit organisations across the region. The Community Grants Program’s next round will be a Major Grant round, opening February 1 and closing March 14, with notification anticipated before May 9, 2022. For more information visit council’s website.

Community chats 

In light of the request from the State Government to stay at home and council’s request of staff to work from home where possible, I will be postponing community chats for January and February.

As always, please contact council direct for any service requests such as road hazards, graffiti, dumped rubbish, parking, parks, potholes, roads, trees and waste collections. Contact details or service request forms are available at

December 8th, 2021

A recent community survey has shown that Sunshine Coast residents really value our natural environment. The Environment Levy supports a lot of activities that help to preserve our environment. At the recent Ordinary Meeting of Council, we were presented with the Environment Levy annual report which has an overview of the past year’s activities including growing the land protected for conservation across our region; giving grants to landowners and community organisations so they can continue to tackle local environmental projects – which ultimately benefit us all; fighting invasive weeds; research and monitoring so we can adapt the way we manage our environment; and raising awareness about endangered species, such as the shorebirds. For more on the outcomes of the meeting, head to my Facebook page.

Over the past few weeks, our region has experienced heavy rainfall with falls between 100mm and 200mm recorded. The forecast has predicted more significant rainfall over the coming weeks. As we all know, prolonged wet weather makes for a lot of mowing. Right now, our teams are out and about caring for our 1,069 hectares of parklands and reserves across the Sunshine Coast region – that’s equivalent to 1,998 football fields. Our staff and contractors are working extremely hard to ensure we can service every site as soon as possible however, we are experiencing some delays. Even when the wet weather clears, our regular schedule may need to change to allow green spaces to dry out – otherwise we can risk significant damage to our parks and grounds. I appreciate your patience as we resume services back to normal once conditions improve.

Council’s customer contact counters and reception desks will be closed from 2pm December 24 and will reopen on January 4. From December 29 to 31 you can still contact council via phone, web chat, email and call back.

The Maroochydore Planning, Building, Plumbing and Development counter will also be closed during this time and any calls to 5475PLAN will be redirected to customer contact. Visit council’s website for more details.

Have you got your tickets to the Festive Garden at Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens from December 17 to 21? It’s set to be a pretty magical experience as the gardens are transformed into a magical wonderland where you’re greeted by elves, serenaded by carolers and the night is aglow with a forest of twinkling lights. Tickets are free and available at

And finally, I’d like to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season and hope you manage to spend some quality time with loved ones.

November 10th, 2021

Turtle season

Turtle nesting season is here so from November to May, please look out for turtle tracks, new nests and emerging hatchlings. If you do see signs of turtles on our beaches, please watch your step and contact Coolum and North Shore Coast Care on 0478 435 377. You can help the turtles by keeping our beaches clean and switching off your outside lights from 8pm.

Turning off your lights helps as nesting turtles are deterred by artificial light at beaches, and hatchling turtles are disorientated by light sources, decreasing their ability to reach the ocean and survive to adulthood.

Mudjimba beach is actually a popular nesting beach for sea turtles. And so, in partnership with Griffith University, Sunshine Coast Council is doing a study on artificial light at night and local sea turtles.  At Mudjimba beach, an existing pedestrian light has been retrofitted with a motion activated light, that does not impact turtles due to the specific wavelengths of colour emitting from the light.

Council is taking for your views on the project through an online survey at These survey results will help guide our future marine turtle conservation efforts, such as expanding the turtle sensitive lighting project.

The Keeper Art

Have you connected with The Keeper Project? It’s a live public art project where artists work in a temporary role as observer, collector, maker and storyteller within our community. Keeper number five, Kellie O’Dempsey, has arrived and is searching for a natural landmark that has vanished from Coolum Beach. Can you help her find it? Visit Kellie Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.30 – 12.30 at the Coolum Library. 

Footpaths and shelters

A lot of work has been happening around Division 9 or is due to begin soon. Runway Drive, Marcoola and Park Crescent in Coolum Beach have had new pathways built. Three new bus stop shelters have been built along David Low Way at Coolum Beach and new safety fencing for the school children has been installed along School Road, Thomas Road and Willis Road in Bli Bli and a new footpath has been built on Philbrook Street in Bli Bli.

October 20th, 2021

Do you travel along Verrierdale Road, Verrierdale, at any stage during your day? Please be aware that reconstruction of a 900m section of the road is in progress.

It’s quite a significant amount of work as Council will be completely removing and replacing the road base and so will need to close the road with redirections in place.

The existing road and base will be removed one lane at a time. The subgrade will then be strengthened by lime stabilisation with the placement of a cement fortified gravel to follow. Once this lane has been completed to a bitumen seal standard, works will start on the opposite lane.

The project team is keen to complete these works in a timely manner and do their best to work with the community during construction.

I understand that there will be some inconvenience for residents and businesses, but this upgrade really needs to be done and I thank you for your patience. 

If you’re able to, I’d recommend using Eumundi-Noosa Road and Emu Mountain Road while the work takes place.

If you have other issues or suggestions to discuss, please contact me on 5475 9810 or or come along to one of my community chats on the second Wednesday of each month. Please keep an eye on my Facebook page for details.

September 8th, 2021

I’d like to start this column by saying a big thank-you to all the community groups and their volunteers who donate their precious time, energy and passion into delivering services to our community and environment.

In late August, Council partnered with 138 community groups and 19 environmental groups to provide funding for three years.

Through the Community Partnership Funding Program, 138 Sunshine Coast community organisations received a share of $990,000 each year for the next three years to help cover operational costs such as rent, communications and administration.

And through the Environment Levy Partnership Funding Program 19 groups will share in $610,000 each year for the next three years to also cover operational expenses.

This support means these groups can invest their time and energy into their core work, whether it be caring for our wildlife and natural environment, managing community halls or a sporting association, supporting business and industry through the chamber of commerce, as well as much more.

Congratulations to Coolum District Coast Care Group Inc, which operates across divisions 8 and 9, Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society Inc, Bli Bli Public Hall and Community Association Inc, Bli Bli Tennis Club Inc, Coolum Beach Bowls Club Incorporated, Coolum Business and Tourism Incorporated, Coolum Croquet Club Inc, Coolum District Netball Association, Coolum Tennis Club Inc, Maroochy River Rowing Club Inc and Valdora Community Hall Association Inc.

If you have issues or suggestions to discuss, please contact me on 5475 9810 or or come along to one of my community chats on the second Wednesday of each month. Please keep an eye on my Facebook page for details.

August 11th, 2021

I’m pleased to share that the following organisations were successful with their minor grant applications: Coolum Men’s Shed Inc to construct an accessibility pathway; Coolum Business and Tourism to commission a consultant to establish advisory committees; and Coastal Community Native Nursery for equipment for use by volunteers at the community nursery.

Minor Grants will open again on September 20, 2021, while Major Grant funding applications are open now and close August 30, 2021. To learn more, visit

Work is due to begin soon on a two-metre wide pathway along the west side of Park Crescent. The pathway will extend from the existing pathway north of Pandanus Avenue to the pathway on Yandina Coolum Road. It has been prioritised as a result of discussions with Coolum State Primary School and parents so it’s safer for the community to access the school when walking and riding.

Earlier this year, residents were asked, if they would use a garden waste or a Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) bin service.

From 7,500 responses, 84 per cent of respondents said council should provide a service to reduce organic waste in landfill and reuse it.

This vital feedback led Council to make the decision to roll out an opt-out garden waste bin service from July 2022.

The expanded garden waste service will divert garden clippings, weeds and leaves from landfill and is the first step to transitioning to a FOGO service, which will prevent one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions being released into the atmosphere over the next 30-50 years.

This change will mean the current charge will decrease, due to economies of scale.  It is likely that the State Levy rebate will be removed in the future, which would have resulted in approximately $60 charge to residents for no new service at all! So, in the long run, there will be financial savings for existing and future users and a big reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Some properties will be exempt, however, the conditions of the exemption are yet to be finalised. Council will keep residents informed of planned changes which won’t start until July 2022. 

July 8th, 2021

Council adopted its budget for the 2021/22 financial year and I’m pleased to be able to progress projects which have been on the community wish list for some time. This includes funding for community consultation for a new Peregian Springs Community Centre and $103,000 to construct a pathway at Park Crescent, Coolum Beach.

Road improvements and sealing of unsealed roads remains a priority and the budget has allocated $300,000 to improve the safety of and upgrade the Coolum Sports intersection at David Low Way, Coolum with a number of unsealed roads getting upgrades throughout Division 9

A missing link of the coastal pathway at Coolum Beach between Lions Park and Norrie Job Park will be built as well as a new amenity block at Jack Morgan Park.

Planning for a new community park at our Blue Heart at Yandina Creek will begin as well as upgrades to other playground and fitness equipment at Cordellia Street, Coolum Beach and Grove Park, Peregian Springs. I’ll update on other projects planned for division 9 in the coming year.

Council acquired 94 hectares of land to expand the existing Doonan Creek Environment Reserve, bringing it to an impressive 474 hectares. This purchase was made possible thanks to Environment Levy funds. On June 5, I joined in with the community to celebrate this as part of World Environment Day, by helping to plant 1200 native trees, shrubs and ground covers on the reserve. Doonan Creek Environment Reserve is a special place, and I’m looking forward to this area being publicly accessible in the future – so everyone has the opportunity to enjoy it.

Development continues to be closely followed and the community is asking questions about recent applications in Peregian Springs.  Development.i on council’s website provides all documentation and the ability to lodge comments or submissions on current applications.

If you have other issues or suggestions to discuss, please contact me on 5475 9810 or or come along to one of my community chats usually on the second Wednesday of each month. Changed to Tuesday July 13 for this month. Please keep an eye on my Facebook page for updates.

June 10th, 2021

Trees being planted by members of the community at Doonan Creek Environment Reserve on Saturday June 5. Photo: Contributed

I urge you to have your say on the Mass Transit Project before consultation closes on June 22, 2021. In previous correspondence, I highlighted that better public transport is an issue that’s been raised by Division 9 residents. Even though the plan is for south of the river, it will affect you.

Do you work or travel to the hospital, the University, Maroochydore, Kawana or Caloundra? How do you plan on getting there in the future when the population has grown and traffic is worse?

The options propose a high frequency bus network, which will cut through Coolum and Peregian. Will you use these buses? How will you get to the bus stop? Where will you park? Will you continue to drive? Why? Will you have parking options when you get there? How will you travel in the future? Please tell council what you need and want.

There is a lot of information to get through and some fact sheets to help. Email the team if you have questions and find the survey and contact details for the project at

Council recently acquired 94 hectares of additional land to expand the existing Doonan Creek Environment Reserve, bringing it to an impressive 474 hectares. This purchase was only made possible thanks to the funds generated by the Environment Levy. On June 5, I joined in with the community to celebrate this as part of World Environment Day, where 1200 native trees, shrubs and ground covers were planted on the reserve. The event was a partnership between council and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council. Around 200 people came together to share environmental stories, information, projects and causes. Doonan Creek Environment Reserve is a special place, and I’m looking forward to this area being publicly accessible in the future.

If you have other issues or suggestions to discuss, please contact me on 5475 9810 or

May 13th, 2021

recently, Sue (my assistant) and I spent the morning delivering meals to Coolum Beach residents, with the local Meals on Wheels team. Sorry if we were a tad later than your usual delivery time, it was too hard not to chat with everyone!  There is a huge effort behind the scenes from a great group of volunteers who are truly making a difference to people’s lives. It’s impressive the amount of work that goes into the organisation and coordination to cook and deliver the meals. The group is calling out for more volunteers in the kitchen and as drivers as client numbers continue to grow. To contact Meals on Wheels visit or call 5446 1000.

It’s been a year since I began my role as your Division 9 councillor and I have learnt so much, it’s been interesting learning about the vast and varied work of council. Some of my previous misconceptions have been dismissed, others have been confirmed. I’ve enjoyed working with the other Sunshine Coast councillors, who are a positive and respectful group open to working collaboratively on issues. Please head to my Facebook page @MariaSuarezDivision9 to hear my full overview of my first year as a Sunshine Coast councillor.

Council is considering options for an improved public transport system and wants to know your thoughts about what’s being considered, from road upgrades, a quality bus corridor, rapid bus services to trackless trams, light rail and more. I encourage participation from the Coolum community, even though our region is located outside of the southern coastal corridor, the outcome will still affect the way you travel when heading south for work, appointments or leisure.

Learn more at before June 22 or come along and chat to the Sunshine Coast Mass Transit Project team in person on Tuesday June 1, from 10am to 12noon at the Coolum Library.

A reminder that on the second Wednesday of every month, from 8am to 4pm, I’ll be at out and about in Division 9 to chat to you about any local government issues. I’m basing myself at the Art Shelter in Tickle Park from 11am-1pm, however keep an eye on my Facebook page in case details change.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me on 5475 9810, or via my Facebook page @MariaSuarezDivision9 however if your issue is operational in nature, like a missed bin, pot holes, report graffiti, pets etc. the quickest and simplest way to get a response from council is via the contact options on the website at –

April 8th, 2021

Repairs and upgrades to the Coolum Tennis Courts are finished and look great. The project involved relocating some of the lights to achieve four tournament compliant courts and new concrete bases to replace the asphalt base, which had deteriorated to a level of reduced playability, particularly after wet weather. The project also included new fences gates and perimeter pathways to match the new court heights. Council received funding from the Queensland Government COVID Works for Queensland grant program to complete the project.

It was lovely to be invited to Quota Club of Coolum Beach for their renaming ceremony.  Unfortunately, I had to leave quite early and did not witness the large number of cheques they handed out to other local charities. Well done ladies, it is a fantastic effort and your new shirts looked great!

On the second Wednesday of every month, from 8am to 4pm, I’ll be at out and about in Division 9 to chat to you about any local government issues. I’m basing myself at the Art Shelter in Tickle Park from 11am-1pm, however keep an eye on my Facebook page in case details change.

Council’s Environment and Liveability Strategy has won a Banksia Sustainability Award from the Banksia Foundation, in the Government category. The Banksia Judges were impressed with the comprehensive framework of plans, policies, guidelines and projects that integrate sustainability across the Sunshine Coast. This is a significant achievement as the awards are regarded as the most prestigious of their kind in Australia. Congratulations to all staff who have been involved in delivering the actions from this strategy ever since its inception. It was a privilege to be with them as they accepted the award.

Council is accepting applications for its Community Grants Program until May 4.  Not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to $2000 to deliver one-off projects, events and activities that provide community benefit. Please visit Council’s website for more information and to apply online.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me on 5475 9810, or via my Facebook page @MariaSuarezDivision9

March 11th, 2021

Kids steal the spotlight

If you are connected to a primary-school student, I encourage you to let them know about the chance to win great prizes by entering the 2021 Sunshine Coast Get Ready Schools Competition! They need to create a 30-second video highlighting the importance of having a “WHAT-IF-PLAN” so everyone knows what to do when disaster strikes. Visit to enter by midnight Friday April 30, 2021.

Have your say on animals and parks

Whether you are 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.

Whether you’re picnicking with friends, exploring playgrounds with little ones, connecting with nature, improving your fitness or celebrating a special occasion – our Sunshine Coast parks matter to many people for many reasons. The parks plan will be a roadmap and a planning tool that supports council’s commitment to preserving spaces and parks that enhance the natural character of the Sunshine Coast’s environment.

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

If you have other suggestions, please contact me on 54759810 or 

February 11th, 2021

Information Management

Members of the community have called for council to be more “open and transparent” particularly with the way information is classified and handled.  Recent changes such as live-streaming council meetings and halving confidential items readily available have made accessibility to information easier for the community.  A review will soon be conducted to further improve upon the internal practice of information management to better meet the community’s expectation of information accessibility.  The panel will consist of councillors, executive staff and members of the community. I’m looking forward to being a part of this process.

New Planning Scheme

The process to develop a new planning scheme for the region is set to start soon and will play out over a number of years. It’s time to start thinking about what you need to understand to make sure you can make a good quality submission for a new scheme.  Issues that are currently raised by the community are excessive site cover, height and density, and the environmental impacts on flood plains, remnant vegetation and lack of green spaces and natural shade.  I’ll be keeping you updated on key dates and activities and encouraging you to get involved.

Have your say on the future of waste

Over half of the rubbish in household garbage bins is organic waste like food scraps and lawn clippings and this type of waste creates vast amounts of green-house gas emissions. To reduce these emissions council is seeking community feedback on a proposal to introduce an opt-out third bin for garden waste which could transition to a food organics and garden organics bin service, also known as a FOGO bin.

We want to your feedback before any decision is made so have your say at 5pm, Tuesday March 2, 2021.

If you have other suggestions, please contact me on 5475 9810 or 

January 21st, 2021

New year

Hopefully everyone had a chance to connect with their loved ones and had some down time recently.  Reflecting on activities from 2020, the number of reports considered in confidential session has decreased markedly and more information is provided as to why entire or parts of reports are confidential.  I’ve discussed with my councillor colleagues’ processes around development applications, learned about the environment, Blue Heart project and Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy and reviewed policies and projects.

There is still much to be done and I’ll continue to discuss work on roads and pathways, the new Planning Scheme, consideration of kerbside collection or vouchers, community consultation, public transport options, better outcomes for community groups, community facilities, hard to locate sports, flight path issues, and traffic and parking reviews.

Clean up for the hatchlings
Clean up for the Hatchlings is on Saturday January 30 from 6am at local locations including Coolum, Point Arkwright, Marcoola and North Shore. If you’d like to help clean up our beaches, please register via the ‘What’s On’ page on council’s website.

Nominate a young conservationist
Do you know a young eco-warrior who’s striving for change at their school, protecting native animals or raising awareness about conservation on the Sunshine Coast? Nominate them for the Les Hall Young Conservationist Award at Nominations are open to under 18’s either as individuals or groups and close February 28.

Register for The Lift Project
Registrations are closing soon for the online wellbeing program called The Lift Project Sunshine Coast, which is free for all local residents. It begins on February 8 and is a popular program. Previous participants say it’s made a positive impact on their life, during a tough year.

Healthy Sunshine Coast

Healthy Sunshine Coast is back from February, offering free and low cost activities in your community that are suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Head to to find out what’s on near you. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me on 5475 9810, or via my Facebook page @MariaSuarezDivision9