It’s hard to believe it is almost the New Year and we will soon wave goodbye to 2018.
The last three weeks have really highlighted how much we cannot afford to become complacent in our preparation for what Mother Nature can throw at us. From level 3 water restrictions and fighting six bushfires across our region, to preparing for cyclone and flood events – we really have had it all this December. Thank you to all state government agencies and council staff who have been out in all of these weather events protecting and helping our community.
I take this opportunity to thank Council staff for their hard work this year and the community for their ongoing support. It has been a busy, successful and challenging year for your Council, yet one that has been very rewarding.
Soe of my highlights have included the opening of the Mission Beach Aquatic Centre – a state of the art facility that has been received well by the community and visitors to our region; and the ground work for our Cassowary Coast Tourism Strategy that has set a forward path for our Council and partners to capitalise on.
To end the year on a good note I’ve just received news from the Queensland Government that we will be receiving an early Christmas present with half of the $3.63 million for the 2019-21 Works for Queensland Program being fast tracked. Without a doubt this program has in the past helped to boost our local economies and maximise job opportunities and will continue to do so into the future.
I’m looking forward to another exciting and productive year. Thank you again for your efforts and dedication during 2018. On behalf on my fellow councillors and our families I take this opportunity to wish all the Cassowary Coast residents a very merry Christmas, and a safe, happy and prosperous New Year.