MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN UPDATE: TRANNIES BEACH: Sincere thanks to Jack O’Donnell for his support in upgrading the lighting at Trannies. This contribution to the community is greatly appreciated.

The control box for the lights is in the southern shelter. Speaking of Trannies, the new raised decking under the tree will commence next week. Apologies for any inconvenience while the work is underway but we hope the end result will make it worthwhile.

MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN UDPATE: DIRETION ISLAND: Thinking of camping at Direction Island? We have great news – thanks once again to Jack O’Donnell the shelters will all have lighting installed in the near future. New table and chair settings for all shelters are also on their way.

MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN UPDATE: HOME ISLAND CYCLONE SHELTER: The decking under the shelter is now completed and looks absolutely fantastic. Well done to the crew Nek Hanisha dan Mazuansha for doing such a wonderful job. Please let us know what you think of this space.
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN UPDATE: JALAN PANTAIN REPAVING: Our amazing brick making crew are almost finished making all the bricks required to re-pave Jalan Pantai and complete the aprons on the boat ramps. The re-paving will be done in 50 metre sections to try and minimise disruption to traffic.
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN UPDATE: POSITION IN PARK CREW: Don’t forget, applications for the Parks and Gardens position closes on 2 September. This position will play an important role in progressing several Masterplan priorities:
1. Looking after our nursery to propagate plants for revegetation programs;
2. Reinstating the public grounds around Oceania House; and
3. Implementing a composting program to reuse much of the waste that is currently burnt. The compost will be a valuable resource to improve the soil condition.

Please contact the Shire if you would like to see the position description.
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN UPDATE: CENTRAL PARK WEST ISLAND: The installation of the shade sails poles over the playground at central park has been completed. The measurements have now been sent to the manufacturer so the sails can be cut to size. There will be four sails in total, each of a different colour and should arrive on the next freight plane.

MULCH AVAILABLE: The Shire’s new EWP is proving a useful addition to the community with the Shire recently contracted privately and by the Department to carry out tree pruning on West Island and a great deal of tree lopping and coconut de-nutting. This has also provided us with a good stockpile of mulch which is available for residents from the Transfer Station.

WASTE MANAGEMENT - HAZARDOUS WASTER: Sound waste management is a priority for us and one of the areas of concern is the disposal of hazardous items such as gas canisters. Many people dispose of expired gas canisters in the general waste – however as our general waste is either incinerated (Home Island) or open burnt (West Island) gas canisters are a risk. To assist with better management of gas canisters, our works crew will be establishing specific areas in the tip for explosive materials such as gas canisters. They are also in the process of organizing scheduled kerbside pickup days for hazardous waste. It is important that If you have items that when disposing of pressurised container to expel all the remaining pressure in the container by pressing the trigger until all the air has been released. If you would like to know how best to manage this type of waste, please contact Ian at the Shire.

BUDGET 2019/2020:Continuing our series on items of interest from our budget, we are pleased to advise that the Museum on Home Island is getting some much needed attention. The Museum and its collection is currently housed in the Copra Store No 1, which forms part of the Home Island Industrial Precinct, an ’historic’ site on the Commonwealth Heritage list. A recent review of the building shows that the erosion of the brickwork is significant with some bricks having fallen out of place. The original whitewash finish (the first line of defense against weathering on the walls) has weathered away completely in the areas where mortar and brick erosion has occurred more substantially. Remediation of these damaged walls is a priority and will be carried out this financial year.

It is also very exciting to be partnering with Tourism to see this building and the Museum given a focus via housing a pop-up Visitor Centre on Home Island two days per week (Monday and Wednesday). This partnership will be further promoted as our plans are finalized.

WORKS UPDATE: Residents are kindly asked to place their bins one metre from the edge of the road with the handles facing the road on collection days. This will assist the waste management crew and improve road safety.

COMMUNITY FUNDING PROGRAM: he Shire is committed to supporting incorporated not-for-profit organisations/associations located within the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands by providing grants up to $2000 to assist with the delivery of projects that address identified community needs, that aim to benefit the Cocos community and aligns with the Shire’s strategic plan goals. A draft policy to ensure consistency and transparency around the decision-making for this Community Funding Program will be considered by Council at the August Council meeting. The policy aims to clarify the eligibility criteria for community groups seeking grants. Proposed criteria are:

The applicant is a community-based incorporated not-for-profit organisation/association located within the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Unincorporated groups should find a suitable organisation to auspice them by prior arrangement with the Shire.
The project takes place within the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands;
The applicant has no outstanding debts with the Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands;
The applicant has completed and properly acquitted any project for which funding was previously received;
The applicant undertakes the project for the benefit of the wider community;
The applicant submits their applications on the prescribed form, with a full budget showing proposed expenditure with two quotes where possible;
Applications must be lodged within the timeframe specified – late applications will not be accepted;
Applicants will be asked to demonstrate the other avenues of funding they have tried –e.g. their own fundraising, other grants; the Shire’s rubbish collection fundraising program.

The applicant organisation contributes 25% co-funding either through cash or in-kind or a combination of both. (Note: volunteer work in organisation and / or labour will be calculated as a contribution of $25.00 per hour.)

Anyone wishing to know more or with suggestions or concerns are invited to contact Isa Minkom by close of business on Tuesday 27 August.
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