GRANTS OFFICER: We are delighted to welcome Bianca (Bebo) McKinney to the team on a short-term contract in the vital role of Grants Officer. Over the next two months Bebo will be working with the business community to identify all possible avenues of grant funding for businesses under various stimulus funding packages and then will be assisting businesses to put together their applications. We hope this tangible assistance to our business community provides some reassurance and support. Bebo can be contacted via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FINANCIAL RELIEF: Council is aware that many businesses have been impacted by the travel bans and is currently considering a range of measures to provide financial relief during this period. The various measures are being costed and Council will consider them over the coming weeks, while also balancing Council’s responsibility for economic development as the largest employer on Cocos and our role in delivery of services and progressing projects. Further information will be provided as these discussions are finalised.
 
ANZAC DAY: There is no doubting how special Anzac Day is to the community; with that in mind, the plan to ensure the Community can commemorate Anzac Day in a very special and meaningful way has been a focus for us. The program for the day is in this edition of the Atoll and will be published on Facebook. A sincere thanks to Matt Boardman, Dave Williams, Trevor Hegarty, Sofiya Aindil, Zamani Charlie, Flynn Dyall, Kimberley Soderlund, Rik Soderlund and Shaniyah Kenneth for helping us make this a very special Anzac Day. We hope the community supports this effort by participating in full. For those who are out the front having their morning coffee or breakfast after the service, we have a lovely little surprise. Hint - make suer you have some butter, or margarine to use.
 
STAFFING: We are very proud of Ibrahim Macrae for his recent achievement in being awarded a Highly Commended finalist for the 2019 Trainee of the Year Award for this hard work during his Certificate IV in Local Government (Planning). Congratulations Pak Yusri, we are very proud of you.

PLANNING FOR LANDSCAPING OF WILLIAM KEELING CRESCENT: The masterplan listed William Keeling Crescent as an opportunity for improvement via improved landscaping, shade trees and amenities. The masterplan was a high-level concept and we are currently developing a more detailed plan which we can cost and present to Council as part of the budget process. To ensure we have full community support for the plan, we are seeking community views on what they would like to see, and where.  Please submit your ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.listing William Keeling Crescent in the subject line.   

TRANNIES BEACH: Also on landscaping – we are planting a few trees at Trannies to provide more shade near the beach shelter and to assist with coast stabilisation. Unfortunately, a couple of the coconut trees in that area will have to be removed. The shade trees will be planted to try to maintain the flexibility of the area for larger community events. 

COVID 19 SUPPORT: The Shire has been very pleased to support the AFP and Health Service in carrying out welfare checks on people in quarantine/isolation. Fadulah, Shak, Kenny and Luluk have done a great job in helping maintain moral and provide practical assistance to people. Isa, Azia and Ibrahim have also done a sensational job in assisting the AFP to keep the community informed and up to date with any news and how it applies here on Cocos via the regular updates and factsheets. And a sincere thanks to Kelly Edwards. CRC Coordinator, for her timely and efficient delivery of the updates. We are now working very hard to develop and deliver programs that will keep the community engaged and connected in this time of social distancing. Thank you team – you have all done a sensational job.
  
Andrea Selvey
Chief Executive Officer