ELECTION RESULTS - COUNCIL ELECTIONS 2019:  By now most people will be aware that Jamil Ibram and Mazlan Hamiril are our newly elected Councillors and that Seriwati Iku was re-elected.  Congratulations thank you to all candidates, including Kenneth Zakaria Lakina, for your interest in serving your community. 
 
At the first meeting of this new Council, Cr Aindil Minkom was elected unopposed to the position of Shire President and Cr Seri Iku was elected unopposed to the position of Deputy Shire President.
 
The Shire staff and I look forward to working with our Councillors to Advance our Islands.
 
THANK YOU TO RETIRING COUNCILLORS:  Woren Dedian and Jan (Ayesha) Young chose not to stand for Council again. 
 
Woren Dedian was elected to Council in 2015 and has contributed to decision-making in a positive and quiet manner.  Woren has offered an insight on a range of issues, particularly those involving seniors given his work with the Seniors group.
 
Jan (Ayesha) Young was elected to Council in 2015.  Jan has been a strong representative and is always keen to ensure the community is engaged appropriately and that their voice is heard in decision-making.
 
It has been a pleasure working with you both.  Thank you for your contributions during the 18 months I have had the good fortune to work with you.  We are sure you will both continue to take an interest in Council matters and be strong advocates for the community in other ways.
 
 
DIRECTION ISLAND COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY:  Direction Island was a hive of activity on Saturday with over 50 people gathered to collect debris from the northern end of the Island.  Over about two hours about 550kg of debris was collected. 
 
We were delighted that the crew from the HMAS Pirie was able to join us for this event. Their enthusiasm and assistance was much appreciated. We were also joined by the crew from the RAAF Pearce base who are on Cocos at the moment undertaking some project work here. It was great to see our services so well represented.
 
It has been a pleasure working with you both.  Thank you for your contributions during the 18 months I have had the good fortune to work with you.  We are sure you will both continue to take an interest in Council matters and be strong advocates for the community in other ways.
A big thank you to Cat McCartney, Trish Flores and of course our own Shire crew who organised the event.  
 
 
BUDGET 2019/20:  A very exciting project that has been funded in this year’s budget is the development of a register of Pondoks.  The Pondoks of Cocos have a fascinating tale to tell.  They provide a unique insight into the way people have used and enjoyed the islands over many decades. 
 
Shakirin Keegan is helping us to gather this history and will be contacting all Pondok owners soon to arrange a time to interview owners for our oral history collection as well as seeking historical photographs for the museum.    If you would like to know more about this project, please don’t hesitate to contact Shak at the Shire.
 
 
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN:  The pump track is almost here!
 
As this initiative was first flagged by the Senior Leaders from CIDHS, we are so excited to be working with the Senior Leaders in finding the best options for siting the pump track.  We need to select a site that has several attributes such as being level and offering some natural shade.  We also want to ensure the pump track is in the best possible location to make it easily accessible by youth.
 
We are also working with the younger students of CIDHS to find the most usable and popular play equipment for Sandy Point on Home Island and the Yacht Club on West Island. It will fun to engage with this important group of residents and for them to have a say in something that they will be using.
 
Sandy Point: Work on the shed to store the beach wheelchair at Sandy point is progressing well. The shed will also store a mobile mat that will enable ease of access into the water for the wheelchair.  Anyone wanting access to the shed and equipment can contact Isa Minkom to arrange to have a key for 24/7 access.
 
The Shire’s outside crew along with Cocos Co-op workers attended a motivational talk with Brad Ness, a 5 x Para Olympian, who represented Australia in wheelchair basketball. His story was well presented and highlighted the need for us to remain vigilant to dangers on the work place.  He explained the dangers of fatigue and mis-communication in the work place that resulted in the incident that led to the loss of his foot.
 
 
LAST CALL - COMMUNITY FUNDING PROGRAM: A last call for applications from community groups wishing to apply for funding under our Community Funding Program undertake projects or activities that benefit the community.  Applications close on Monday 4 November - contact Isa Minkom at the Shire for more information or advice.
 
 
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