From the Inbox
Lockdowns are seriously hard on our businesses, staff and community. Recent advocacies to the QLD Small Business Commissioner and the Premier saw both good and not so good news. Welcomed was the COVID-19 Business Support Grants including for sole traders and progress on insurances. However, there are still ‘gaps’ including ineligibilities which we have gone back to Minister Farmer with cc’s to the Premier and Treasurer regarding, as well spoke about in Parliament. Thank you to all who have assisted in this.
The Queensland Government’s Check In Qld app (and yes, this was also in my speech!) is now compulsory for taxis, limousines and rideshare operators across Queensland. You can find more information, including a Q&A at https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld/for-drivers-and-operators
When updating those advocating for non-lethal shark control methods, support for alternatives must come from our community and we will again include a question in our annual survey which last year saw only 32% of respondents in favour of shark net removal. My recent Question on Notice to the Minister and response on this can be found at www.sandybolton.com/shark-nets-and-control-measures-update-26-july-2021/
As reported previously, Government has allocated funding in this year’s Budget towards community transport to address the gaps we had identified and advocated about. The Community Transport Program supports residents who are not eligible for other subsidisation to access medical appointments, with information at www.chde.qld.gov.au/about/initiatives/community-transport-program. Should any of the existing subsidies, extended PTSS mapping or this new program not assist, we shall continue our pilot Be: Noosa Connect-SCUH Transport until we have ascertained that no one remains stranded in the system.
As reported to the Kin Kin Roundtable, $6 million has been approved to upgrade an 800m section of Kin Kin Rd, between Williams and Turnbull Rds. Depending on outcomes from ecological investigations, works could commence early next year and take approximately 7 months. Meanwhile, we continue to advocate for funding needed for the identified priority sections as TMR continues to progress detailed design for these. Updates via https://www.sandybolton.com/kin-kin-pomona-cooran-heavy-haulage-update-august-2021/
Stakeholders gathered to provide feedback on the 5 shortlisted submissions for the reuse of the Tewantin TAFE site which included education, sports, childcare/mixed and training/arts/research. Lack of detail due to the commercial in confidence nature made the task not easy, with many questions both unique, as well common to all. One dominant question, even though outside the scope of the task for that day, was given the site is the equivalent of 14 football ovals, why can there not be a small portion of that utilised to address our accommodation crisis? As explained, this would require community and Council support, as the area outside the building envelope is covered by biodiversity overlays, as well mapped as koala priority area. A big discussion and one that I will open in the coming weeks whilst due diligence is undertaken on the financial capabilities of the submitters as part of the EOI process.
Preliminary works for Stage 1 of the Tewantin Bypass have begun. This includes relocation of the water main followed by major works to build the new roundabout. Throughout the works, lower speed limits will apply, and motorists are reminded to take note of changed traffic conditions and any directions given by traffic control. Thank you to Minister Bailey, after a long journey, we are nearly there!! Though the project is funded by State Government, final design and construction is managed by Noosa Council. For information visit https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/community/major-projects/tewantin-bypass or call 5329 6500.
L-R: Our awesome Parkyn’s Hut volunteers; Fabulous Noosa musicians; Tewantin TAFE site consultation