I was just thinking on Australia Day about when we went to school in the 50' & 60's we used to salute the British flag once every week and sing 'God Save the Queen'. Remember that? We'd all stand there to attention and recite "I am an Australian. I love my country. I salute her flag. I honour her Queen. I promise to obey her laws". In South Australia we always sang "Song of Austalia" for our 'Australian' anthem and when the search was on for a new national anthem in 1973 the Government decided that a choice be made from three existing songs: The Song of Australia, Waltzing Matilda and (the eventual winner), Advance Australia Fair. Photo from Google Images, check out the flag!
Incredible photo's from yesterday's bushfire at Lindisfarne/Geilston Bay. The fire quickly got out of control forcing many families to evacuate. Thank you to all the brave firies and emergency services men and women who did an amazing job to eventually bring the fire under control. #Tasmania Tasmania Fire Service
There’s no better way to cool off in hot weather than with a visit to the beach. Just ask Police Horses Valance, Zulu, Zino and Xenon who took a quick dip at Semaphore earlier this morning ahead of a busy night's work in the city. During unseasonable heat, our horses are worked early in the morning when it’s coolest, and given an electrolyte drink – the horse version of Gatorade – to ensure they stay well hydrated.
With extremely high temperatures and dry conditions forecast across SA, it’s vitally important to observe all fire bans, and be mindful of using powered tools or parking hot vehicles in long grass.
Remember that it's very easy to become dehydrated or to overheat during extremely hot weather. Heatstroke is a medical emergency and needs to be treated immediately.
The SES advise people to keep their cool by drinking plenty of water, staying indoors and checking in regularly on anyone who may be vulnerable, including young children, older people or those who are unwell.
Never leave babies or children in a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes, and even if the vehicle is parked in shade. Pets too should never be left alone in cars. Dogs left in cars are very vulnerable to heat.
Look after yourselves and stay cool, South Australia!
We are happy to let you know thanks to a number of calls to Crime Stoppers, a 45 year old female from Morley was arrested and charged on Saturday with two counts of stealing. This included stealing from a 79 year old lady in Mundaring that we showed you on Thursday.
The female will appear in court on Friday 17 February 2017.
VITALLY IMPORTANT URBAN FOOD STREET UPDATE - THE UFS NEIGHBOUHOOD IS UNDER CRITICAL THREAT BY THE Sunshine Coast Council who seem to have forgotten how to play fair.
MAYOR OFFERS SECOND MEETING AND THEN RENEGS ON THE OFFER.
ALL URBAN FOOD STREET RESIDENTS WE ARE MEETING KIDS GARDEN @ 5:30 PM ON FRIDAY. SORRY ABOUT THE DAY, THE COUNCIL IS WELL AWARE THAT FOR AN INCLUSIVE MEETING WE NEED TO MEET ON SUNDAYS!!! Document sent to the council will be handed out on the day.
As many of you are all aware, a meeting was held with Mayor Mark Jamieson on the 24 January 2017 to discuss and progress the issue of verge vegetation within the UFS neighbourhood. This meeting was initially requested with the Mayor the day after the UFS neighbourhood received the adverserial letter in late November 2016 and scheduled at the Mayor's convenience for late January 2017. During those discussions (which included tangible ways to resolve this matter including precedents set by this council in relation to verge vegetation in Noosa - when Noosa was part of the shire) the Mayor Mark Jamieson excused himself from the meeting long before the meeting was over. Yes it was all rather tokenistic in hindsight. On excusing himself the Mayor Mark Jamieson suggested, and we agreed to an additional meeting to progress the discussion further. THAT IS FACT. His offer for another meeting can not be denied and we genuinely thought he was doing this in the spirit of open and honest governance, in the spirit of transparency, in the spirit of resolving this matter with respect, fairness and equity. CLEARLY NOT!
During the meeting and whilst the Mayor was present we asked for an extension of the required response date for the neighbourhood as highlighted in the second letter that was sent by the Council mid December 2016. This was requested to enable inclusive discussion with the neighbourhood. Before leaving the Council Chambers I reminded Mrs Krome about confirming the request for extension date and the additional meeting with the Mayor which was to be scheduled before the extended date. She indicated that she would. THIS CAN NOT BE DENIED. The following day, we received an email from Mrs Krome confirming an extension date for those who received the letters from the council, however the email omitted any information about a follow up meeting with the Mayor. A meeting had clearly not been offered.
Following a verge gathering with the UFS hood in the kids garden on 28 January an email was sent on 30 January to Sheryl Krome (Manager Community Response). It CC Mayor Mark Jamieson, Cr Christian Dickson (Planning and Development), Cr Ted Hungerford (Governance and Customer Service and constituent member for the UFS neighbourhood), Cr Jenny McKay (Community and Environment), Coralie Nichols and the CEO seeking clarification around a number of issues pertaining to the permit system and what a permit would mean (what would and would not be enforced under the permit system) to ALL verge vegetation across the URBAN FOOD STREET neighbourhood, and for the entire Sunshine Coast. These are important questions for all residents many of which have not been responded to in an adequate fashion by the administration.
In the spirit of transparent, open and honest governance, the questions were asked so that the UFS neighbourhood could make a informed decision before responding to the council's assertions and unnecessary adversarial tone. It is unreasonable, unethical and unprofessional to expect people to respond to anything without being fully informed. In that email we asked that the Mayor honour his promise for a further meeting and that this be scheduled before the neighbourhood was required to respond on 10 February (yes that is this Friday). We asked that Dickson, Hungerford, McKay (because of their respective portfolio's) Krome, Nichols and the CEO attend the second meeting so that discussions could progress constructively. A SECOND MEETING HAS BEEN DENIED with the Mayor, a silly move by the council when the offer for the additional meet by the Mayor CAN NOT be disputed by the administration, the Mayor or Sheryl Krome. One really does have to question the agenda of this council. Is this really an acceptable way for the Mayor of this region, the constituent elected councilors and assoicated council staff to treat the people of the Sunshine Coast and those who have been singled out in the UFS neighbourhood. We will let you be the judge. You know when your opinions count the most!!!!
Again, we've offered to show them around, to walk some talk, and connect with the people who live in this hood. The council are not interested in walking and talking URBAN FOOD STREET even though this action could offer some very tangible solutions. Much easier to hid in the chambers it would seem. We don't bite to the contrary we are known to give away beautiful spray free produce.
Take a drive around. People all over the coast grow vegetation beyond the boundary of their alottment. Vegetation is what makes the coast VIBRANT, GREEN and DIVERS (by the way, yes that is the council's corporate vision). That verge vegetation is cooling the planet, providing vital wildlife corridors and food for all animals, cleaning the air you breath by removing harmful car and other emissions, beautifying the amenity, providing unprecedented health and wellbeing outcomes, improving crime rates and neighbourhood safety, improving mental health, reducing the State and Federal health budgets though the numerous positive impacts that are associated with growing plants and in some cases feeding people with thousands of kilograms of no-food-mile food each year. Ironically it also adds to the councils image as a sustainable region and meets many of their own policy requirements. One can only but wonder if the practice of vegetation on the verge in residential areas is at significant risk of removal across the shire by the heavy handed actions of this council or is the URBAN FOOD STREET neighbourhood being singled out by a council proclaiming that its actions are being done under the banner of fairness and justice? More than laughable really, given that the same letter that was sent to the UFS neighbourhood was not sent broadly to the people of the entire Sunshine Coast Council region. Yep we hate to say it but the fair and just way of doing business is to send a generalised letter to every coastal resident about verge vegetation so that everyone who grows on the verge without a permit is treated the same. This was not done.
Remember.... the Mayor offered another meeting and is now reneging on this offer. THAT CAN NOT BE DENIED. It would appear that he is far too busy for such menial environmental, social and health related issues. Is the grape vine right, that this is a VERY common practice, to offer and then refuse by this Mayor? Funny way to consult a community. A recent door knock around the streets of Buderim has cemented that the vast majority of vegetation grows without permits and the vast majority have NOT been approached by the council to apply for permits at all let alone in the way that some people - mostly fruit and vegetable growers in the URBAN FOOD STREET neighbourhood were late last year. In fact we didn't find one verge outside the UFS neighbourhood in Buderim that was sent the letter at the same time that this neighbourhood was (and many of the verges we knocked were far more vegetated than those around the UFS hood). We have recorded that data for future use. You be the judge. Singled out and discriminated against by the actions of the council for doing what thousands and thousands of other residents are doing, have done and quite likely will continue to do without enforcement of the permit system? It's a great question. The whole topic is worthy of some solid media and state political attention before Buderim and the Sunshine Coast potentially looses an Australian icon - Australia's most sustainable suburban neighbourhood - URBAN FOOD STREET - for good. Over 2.5 million Australian's know about this hood and this hood brings vital tourism dollars and business to the coast.
* Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP - Premier of Queensland. * Steve Dickson MP - Member for Buderim. Keeping you informed especially as the council is non constitutional. Its role is to be an agent for the state. * Ted O'Brien - LNP Federal Member for Fairfax (Huge implications to the people of Fairfax) * Andrew Powell - MP (This isn't isolated to Buderim and needs some solid, sensible leadership. * Jarrod Bleijie MP - Member for Kawana (According to the council this isn't isolated to Buderim, yet the are yet to enforce the apparent rule to all) * Mark McArdle MP - Member for Caloundra (verge vegetation grows beyond the household allotment all over Caloundra) *Peter Wellington MP - This isn't isolated to Buderim and needs some solid leadership, especially as the council isn't constitutional * Fiona Simpson - Verge vegetation grows beyond the boundary right across your division. This needs some solid leadership, it has huge implications for people right across the shire particularly as the council isn't constitutional. * Greg Hunt MP - Federal Health Minister toured this neighbourhood last year. * Costa Georgiadis * ABC Sunshine Coast *Sunshine Coast Daily
We had a few big ticket item film crews through the hood last year. This one is still to screen and is the most significant story yet. We are excited.
"A friend of mine had been fostering for awhile and once we learned more about it, my husband and I knew it was our calling. They came to us on June 26,2014. We didn't know our license has gone through when we got the call. The call was for two boys: 4 and 5. After a few questions we discovered there were also two girls: 2 and 6. We knew we had to take all of them. Our life forever changed in that moment. After 2 and half years we were finally able to adopt them. It was never our plan to adopt 4. Foster to adopt is never an easy journey, but well worth it. I would say if you think it might be for you, do not hesitate. There are so many kids that need good homes.