COMMUNITY FUNDING PROGRAM:  Applications for the latest round of the community funding program closed on the 4th November.  The Community Funding Program Committee met on the 18th November to assess the applications.  Grants have been award to West Island Playgroup, Home Island Jukong and Sailing Club and West Island Sport and Recreation. The Community Funding   Program is advertised twice per year so keep your eye out for the next round.  
 
THE SHIRE BEACH CLRAN UP COMMUNITY FUNDING PROGRAM: Did you miss out on the latest round of Community Funding, forgot the deadline or just don’t like the paperwork?  Did you know there is an alternative method of raising funds for your community group?  The Shire has a Beach Clean up program which enables groups to arrange a beach clean up in return for $5.00 per bag of rubbish collected.  Clean up our beaches and earn much needed funds for your community group at the same time.  Win Win!!!!  For more information on this program please contact the Shire’s Community Development Coordinator, Isa Minkom (Pak Indra). 
 
DECEMBER COUNCIL MEETING: Just a reminder that the December Ordinary Meeting of Council will be held at 4:00pm on the 4th of December at the Home Island Council Chambers.  Agendas for this meeting will be available on the Shire website from Monday the 2nd of December.
 
DSR VISIT:  The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the Shire and Cocos Islands District High School partner together to plan and organise several sports development opportunities each year. Last week children from both islands benefited from a number of different sessions from two athletics coaches who delivered programs directly through the school and also as after school activities.  It was fantastic to see these activities so well attended. The team are current planning for the next visit and it is hoped to get a skateboard instructor who will be able to give the kids some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of the new pumptrack which will soon be installed.
 
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN - Sandy Point Functional Art: The Community Art project at Sandy Point has now been completed. The talented Steve Bose and Lisa Moser have transformed two Jukongs into beautiful functional seats at Sandy Point. They have been positioned under natural shade close to the waters edge for locals and visitors to relax in while taking in the spectacular views over the Lagoon. A big thankyou also goes to Nek Neng and his team in helping to move these beautiful art pieces into position. 
 
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN - Shade Sails Home Island:  Work has commenced on the installation of the Shade Sails over the play ground on Home Island.  The posts will be erected first so that exact measurements for the sails can be obtained and the sails cut specifically. 
 
MAJU PULU KITA MASTERPLAN – Trannies Beach:  The make over of Trannies beach continues with the installation of a new carpark area now complete. This area is clearly designated at the end of Heartbreak Drive on the southern side with a gabion boundary.  This should help elevate the dust issue that occurs through prolonged dry spells around the new deck area and the shelters.  Some play equipment for the area has just been delivered to Zentners and is hoped to arrive on Cocos on the January ship. 
 
SANDBANG MAINTENANCE:  The Shire has been engaged by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional    Development and Cities to perform preventative remediation works on the seawall along William Keeling  Crescent followed by the seawall at the southern end of the runway.  We appreciate the communities support and understanding while these important works are being undertaken. 
 
THANKYOU CARDBOARD COLLECTION:  A big thankyou goes out to everyone who has embraced the Cardboard Recycling drop off points on both Islands. We received our first load of the compacted cardboard bales from West Island early this week.  What would normally have been waste will now be used to assist getting the incinerator up to operating temperate,  greatly reducing the amount of diesel required.  Well done and keep up the great work.
 
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. 
 
Joanne Soderlund
Acting Chief Executive Officer