MINISTER AND ADMINISTRATOR VISIT: We were pleased to welcome The Hon. Nola Marino, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories to Cocos last week.   During this week Assistant Minister Marino engaged with the community at a range of events and meetings.  We are sure that Assistant Minister Marino not only enjoyed her first visit to Cocos but also found it very useful and is now well informed about the opportunities and challenges we face as a community.
 
COCOS CV LAUNCHED: During her visit to Cocos, The Hon. Nola Marino, Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories launched the Cocos CV.  This great resource was jointly funded by the Australian Government under the BBRF scheme and the IOT RDO.  The Minister has called the CV “innovative and inspiring” and notes that “it represents local organisations, businesses and the community supporting each other to create jobs and, in turn, the best future possible for the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.” We also acknowledge local resident Dave McKinney for his wonderful assistance with this project. Please check out the Cocos CV at  https://www.cocoscv.com/. Note that it is a live site that can be updated anytime, so if you or your organisation would like to be represented in the CV please do not hesitate to contact the Shire. 
 
DIRECTION ISALND RESORT PROPOSAL: Councillors met informally with Mr Chris Blakeman of Cocos Boronia Resort to discuss progress in their plans to seek a lease for land on Direction Island for the purpose of building a resort.  Mr Blakeman introduced his project managers to Councillors.  Discussions have focussed on input from the Community Reference Group recommendations and the public submissions including all matters of due diligence, social and economic outcomes and management of the built and natural environment.  
 
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN:
TRANNIES BEACH:  The construction of the deck has been completed and the crew has commenced the installation of the gabions which will perform the dual function of seating and delineation of areas for vehicle areas.   They will also add a lovely landscaping feature.
 
SANDY POINT:  Works have commenced on the shelter at Sandy Point.  As part of the beautification of this popular beach, we have purchased a beach accessible wheelchair and ramp to get the wheelchair into the water.  These will be stored in a shed at Sandy Point.  If you would like to know more about how to access this wheelchair and ramp and if you would like to see plans for this project, please contact Ian at the Shire.
 
BRICK PAVING: The crew has been kept busy with the upgrades to Jalan Pantai and are progressing well. By the end of this week they should have completed the removal of old pavers, installation of new kerbing, and the laying of 225 square metres of new paving.
 
COMMUNITY FUNDING PROGRAM: The Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Island is committed to supporting incorporated not-for-profit organisations/associations located within the Shire 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 align with the Shire’s strategic plan goals.  We are therefore delighted to advise that we are now calling on interested applicants for our “Community Funding Program 2019”. Applications are now open and must be received by the Community Development Coordinator no later than 4pm Monday 4thNovember 2019.   Please contact Isa Minkom at the Shire office to get the right form and process as it is very important that the correct process is followed to make it fair and equitable to all applicants.  Good luck with your applications. 
 
CYCLONE SEASON: Cyclone season is fast approaching. Now is the time to start clearing out and securing any loose items that may become airborne through a weather event.
 
The Shire of Cocos (Keeling) Islands will conduct a verge side pickup on Monday 14 October.
Items that will not be collected are:
· Car Bodies
· Motorcycles
· Boats
Asbestos
 
All Item can be stored one week prior to pickup date, no closer than two metres in from the road verge. For any more information contact Ian Evans, Manager of Works and Services.
 
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRMAS/YOUTH ACTIVITIES: There are few things worse than the two words, ‘I’m bored’ it’s what many-a-parent hears day in, day out after school. As it turns out, the Shire hosted some incredible after school activities in August and September. Some only a few hours and some overnighters. Regardless of the length, each offered local kids an opportunity to learn new things, make some great connections, and kick the boredom. Some of the activities the Shire ran after school were:
 
· Camping at Scout Park a high value and low-cost overnight
             camp that was simple, easy, adventurous and fun. An exciting and educational overnight camping experience. The kids learn to cook coconut apples on the fire, play spotlight or just talk with their friends.
· Sailing the T2 catamarans was a fun and exciting activity which was requested by the kids. All of the after school activities during August and September was the crafted and developed by the kids for the enjoyment of all        kids in the community. 
 
The Shire continues to make enhancements to the after school and school holiday programs to make use of the natural environment and ideal location of the islands. The input and positive responses from the kids and parents have been well received and the Shire is super keen in organising more exciting and fun activities soon. Watch this space!
 
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