DI RESORT – PUBLIC SUBMISSIONs: At the 4th of December Ordinary Council Meeting Council considered the formal request from Cocos Boronia Resort Pty Ltd to lease land at Direction Island for a resort. Council resolved to advertise its intention to dispose of property as per requirements under the Local Government Act. 

Public submissions are now open for comment on the proposed disposition by lease. Please see separate advert for further details. Representatives from Cocos Boronia Resort Pty Ltd were on island between the 3rd and the 6th of December and conducted a community engagement session on both Home Island and West Island to answer any questions the community had about the proposed development.

MAJU PULU KITA - JALAN PANTAI ROAD RENEWAL: The renewal of Jalan Pantai along the Home Island foreshore is almost complete. The crew have worked tirelessly on this project from manufacturing the bricks earlier in the year to taking out the old bricks and saving those suitable to be reused in other lower load areas such as footpaths. A big thankyou goes out to the whole crew who have been involved in this project in one area or another, we can’t wait to take a ride down the smooth surface of Jalan Pantai next week.  

MAJU PULU KITA - PUMPTRACK INSTALLATION: Another community masterplan project will be complete in the coming weeks as the pumptrack gets installed on the oval at West Island. The Shire would like to thank everyone who gave feedback regarding its planned location including the high school students and those who participated in the facebook poll. When we combined the feedback from the students with the results of the poll it was decided to trial the area opposite the playground. If any issues subsequently arise from this location the modular nature of this infrastructure means it can easily to moved to an alternate location.    

GRANT FUNDING 58 PLANTS: The Shire is excited to announce that we have been successful in securing a $15,000 grant from the FRRR ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program for a project called 58 Plants. The project will see the restoration of the nursey in the Oceania House Community Garden area for the propagation of 58 native plant species. If you would like to get involved in this exciting project or would like more information please contact the Shires Community Development Team for more information. A big well done to them on this successful grant.       

POSITION VACANT: The Shire currently has two exciting positions vacant. The Shire are advertising for a Youth and Recreation Officer to work with the Islands youth and co ordinate sport and recreation programs. We also have a casual position for a Building Project Officer to work on the design and project plan for the construction of a new house on Home Island followed by a fixed term appointment to oversee its construction. For further details on these positions please see the adverts in this weeks atoll.    

OFFICE SHUTDOWN: The Shire office will be having a shut down period between the Christmas and New Year Public Holidays. The Office will reopen as normal on the 2nd of January 2020. Please see notice in this atoll regarding the revised rubbish collection dates over this period. 

ANNUAL ELECTORS MEETING: The annual electors meeting will be held at 3:45pm at the Home Island Council Chambers on the 22nd of January 2020. The purpose of the annual electors meeting is to discuss the contents of the annual report and any other general business. All member of the public are invited to attend. Immediately following the annual electors meeting will be the January Ordinary Meeting of Council.  

ANNUAL REPORT: The 2018/2019 Annual Report was adopted by Council at the 4th of December Ordinary Council Meeting. A copy of the Annual Report can be viewed at both Shire Offices and Community Libraries. A copy can also be downloaded from our website.

THANK YOU: As 2019 increasingly draws to an end it is an opportune time to thank the community for their support and involvement over the last 12 months. We are very proud of the work that we have been able to achieve for the community this year however it wouldn’t have been possible without the input and feedback that we get from the community. We wish all the community a great end of year break and look forward to working with you in 2020.

Joanne Soderlund
Acting Chief Executive Officer