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© Sunshine Coast Regional Council 2012. Contents Budget 2012/13 ................... 4-7 Sign up for eNews .................. 9 Our eco-champions ...............11 Introducing your Councillors ...................... 12-16 Stay active and healthy ........ 18 Noosa Biosphere survey ...... 19 Your survival kit .................... 21 Responsible dog ownership . 26 Publisher Sunshine Coast Council Encompass is produced and published by Sunshine Coast Council. Copy and photographs may only be reproduced in whole or part with the permission of Sunshine Coast Council. For more information or to provide feedback on the publication, contact Colleen Crowe (email: colleen.crowe@ sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au). And the winners are: Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our Encompass survey in the last issue. Your feedback and comments were very much appreciated. Congratulations to V. Beale, M. Fergus and T. Coombes – the lucky winners of the $100 dinner vouchers at a restaurant of their choice. Cover story Caloundra Music Festival promises another weekend of great entertainment. The line-up includes acts from the present and the past. See story on page 3 and check out the website for more details. Message from your Mayor From day one I’ve said creating careers for people on the Sunshine Coast will be the focus of the region’s new council. Several months later, providing the right conditions for investment to create jobs is still my top priority, and I think this edition of Encompass refl ects that sentiment. The new council has the right mix of experience, expertise and enthusiasm to deliver for the people of the Sunshine Coast. I’d encourage you to read the Councillor profi les to fi nd out a bit more about the person representing your Division. The Councillors are all as determined as I am to get the Sunshine Coast economy back on track, while also protecting the environment. In fact, one of the fi rst decisions we made was to maintain the vision to become Australia’s most sustainable region – vibrant, green, and diverse. We need to strengthen the economy, protect the environment, and cherish the character of our communities. The word sustainable captures everything we want to have-a sustainable economy, a sustainable environment and sustainable communities. It means delivering an economy that creates not only jobs but careers – so our children don’t have to leave town when they leave home. It means protecting the environment so the next generation gets to enjoy the region’s lifestyle just as much as we do. It means maintaining our community of communities – so the region keeps its unique character. Fundamentally, we want to deliver a vibrant community, a green environment and a diverse economy. The fi rst steps towards reaching council’s vision were taken in our recent budget. It delivers for the community, the environment and the economy, and will build a sustainable region. We had to make some tough decisions to keep the rate rise at the lower end for Queensland councils while maintaining infrastructure and services. We know many people are fi nding it diffi cult to make ends meet – and this fi nancial year an average ratepayer will pay less than a dollar a week extra for rates and waste. I hope you take the opportunity to read the budget section in the magazine which includes a good snapshot of what we’ve done. Mark Jamieson Mayor Environment ISO 14001 Encompass is designed to give residents a quarterly update on council events, services and projects. Encompass is delivered as unaddressed mail directly into residential letterboxes, even those bearing the ‘no junk mail’ message. Both ratepayers and non-ratepayers receive a copy. Encompass is free to you, but costs about 65 cents per issue to produce and deliver. Encompass is printed on environmentallycertifi ed paper stock that is produced using responsible forestry practices and other controlled sources. The inks used are soy based, not petroleum derived. Certification applies to Offset Alpine Printing

The All Star Big Band is a group of young talented musicians to watch. RADF funds our local arts community Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The program gives communities the flexibility to shape their own arts and cultural priorities. The All Star Big Band is a group of young talented musicians to watch. The band was one of 18 artists and arts workers across the Sunshine Coast to receive funding in the fi rst round of council’s 2012 RADF program. The band, which formed two years ago to provide a performance platform for talented young musicians aged from 10 to 17 years, will use the grant to attend a 10 week course aimed at improving the band’s overall sound quality and professionalism. A broad range of high quality cultural projects, including shadow theatre, arts publications, choirs and clay workshops also shared fund totaling $85,117. Applications for the current round of RADF close at 5pm on 1 September 2012. For details and to apply online visit council’s website and search for grants, or call 5475 7272. Funky fringe festival sets the scene The Sunshine Coast’s hugely popular Caloundra Music Festival will be adorned with a fringe this year – a Fringe Festival, that is. The new weekend for the Music Festival is now 28 to 30 September – right in the middle of the spring school holidays. To capitalise on that, you are invited to join the inaugural Fringe Festival event held during the week leading up to the Music Festival. Many businesses and community groups have come together to put on the biggest range of entertainment – but there’s still space for more! The Music Festival’s line-up includes acts from the present and the past, including headliners such as The Cat Empire, The Living End, and the John Butler Trio along with Lanie Lane, Boom Crash Opera, The Whitlams and many more. Homegrown festival boosted by grant Hosted by UnitingCare Community, Homegrown is a free community festival run by young people, for young people during National Youth Week. Organisers say this year’s event would not have been possible without the financial support from council’s Community Grants Program. The current round of Community Grants (open to not-for-profit groups) closes at 5pm on 1 September. For details and to apply online visit council’s website and search for grants, or call 5475 7272. For the full story visit www.caloundramusicfestival.com.au Sunshine Coast Council Encompass August 2012 3

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