HAYI RAYA LIGHTS COMPETITION: The Shire’s annual Hari Raya lights competition was held last week and it proved to be the best one yet. There was some very creative and artistic flair on display which made judging very difficult. Thank you to those who registered to participate in the event.  Congratulations to winners Rizal and Norashifah of House 21 ! Congratulations also to Fadullah and Pak & Mak Nuraz who came runners up. Start planning for next year! 
 
 
DELEGATION TO CANBERRA: The Shire, with the support of the Administrator, has secured several meetings in Canberra during that National General Assembly of Local Governments in mid June, including a meeting with the new Minister, the Hon Nola Marino, MP. The Shire’s delegation led by the Shire President will acknowledge the progress on issues raised last year in Canberra such as changes to legislation to allow the transport of Asbestos to the mainland for disposal and Commonwealth assistance with separating the Land Trust finances from Shire finances.
 
The Strategic Plan and Master Plan will be provided to the Minister and an invitation to partner with the Shire on progressing actions from both those plans. We will raise several new issues that have been identified by Councillors as priorities such as insurance, strategic waste management / recycling and future security of the power supply. We have also secured a meeting with the Department of Defence to discuss the Runway Upgrade project and the South End Road. 
 
 
COCOS radio: As a new approach to improve our communication and information flow to the community,  I will be hosting a live radio chat on our local radio 6cki every Tuesdays following Atoll distribution commencing 2nd July. This will give the Community the opportunity to ask me about  any issues that has come up from the Atoll article or any other issues of concern. Further details will be posted on the Shire and the Cocos Facebook page. Stay tuned.
 
 
 
 COCOS CV:  Our visit to Canberra also provides the perfect opportunity to showcase the local capability and capacity via a ‘soft’ launch of the draft Cocos CV.  This document is nearing completion and is shaping up to be a great tool for Cocos.  If you have not spoken with Amallia, our Admin Trainee about your entry in the Cocos CV, please call Amallia as soon as possible on 9162 6649.
 
 
 
HOUSE ON HOME ISLAND:  As advised in the Atoll last week, we are considering forming a small housing reference group.  The purpose of the group is to assist the Shire with reviewing designs from our recent tender process and to advise us on options for allocating the house should we get a suitable proposal within budget. If you would like to be on this reference group, please contact Isa Minkom This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 9162 6649. 
 
FINANCE TEAM:  A quick but sincere acknowledgment of the Shire’s finance team who are very busy with a visit from the Shire’s auditors while also putting together next year’s draft budget and managing end of financial year pressures.  Despite this huge workload they still manage to provide excellent service to our internal and external customer. Well done team finance.
 
WORKS UPDATE:  The Works Team is now back to standard hours and have started the week with a full workload.  On Thursday the crew commenced a dredging program around the Home Island Freight and Ferry Terminal. The Shire has been engaged by CKI Ports to undertake this project. Over the next four weeks there will be machinery movements around that area, so please exercise to take care and exercise caution.
 
 
 
FIRE PITS: The Gabions that will form the structures for the fire pits on West Island are currently being prepared.  One fire pit will be constructed on the beach at Scout Park and the second one will be constructed at North Point. These will allow anyone wishing to have a bonfire on the beach to do so in a safe and contained manner that does not leave unsightly debris and hazards for other users of the area.  We hope the community enjoys these new additions to improving the amenity on the beaches.
 
 
 
These are a few items that I think may be of particular interest but we are always willing to meet with members of the community who are interested in knowing more about Shire activities. 
 
 
 
Andrea Selvey
Chief Executive Officer