Quick Snips August 2011<< Back to Blog
I know that I touched on this last month but gee when this place is good it can be really good. Another month of great weather, perfect beach days and great surf all in the middle of winter. The water temperature is yet to go below 20 degrees. A walk along the beach at sunrise or sunset at the moment is the best anti depressant on the market. You can’t help but feel good if you get the chance to try it.
There has been quite a lot going on here during July but nothing bigger than the news that Big Clive Palmer has bought the Hyatt Coolum Resort from Lend Lease for an undisclosed amount. Lend Lease have spent the last 8 years developing portions of the land around the golf course and resort such as Vantage, Visage and Whitehaven however it has been a sore point that they have provided very little investment in the resort and it’s accommodation which it now desperately needs. So selling to one of the richest men in the country can only be a good thing so long as he is prepared too spend the money to return the resort to it’s glory days which by all accounts is exactly his intention. The Hyatt is one of, if not the biggest employer in this area and this level of investment can only be positive. Whilst we are on the Hyatt subject, the line up for this years Australian PGA keeps getting better. Already announced headliners such as the Shark, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Bubba Watson will now be joined by this years British Open champion Darren Clarke. This will be by far the best line up of golfing talent ever to attend the PGA tournament at Coolum which will be held November 24-27. Getting players of this calibre to one tournament in Australia is a huge feat so make the most of this opportunity and make sure you get along to watch them in action.
The Golden Days Surfing & Music Festival will be held this year on November 19th at the Coolum Soccer fields. Last years event was very successful and organisers will be looking to build on that. With headline acts including Xavier Rudd, The Cruel Sea and The Beautiful Girls they are off to a great start. Tickets have gone on sale last week and can be purchased online at www.goldendaysfestival.com
We all new it was coming but it was still sad to see the last day at Luke’s IGA in Coolum. A number of public and emotional farewells were held to say thanks and goodbye. The premises have now been handed back to the shopping centre’s management and the new Coles supermarket and premises are expected to be ready for opening in September. The new public toilets in Coolum’s Tickle Park next to the Surf Club are just about finished. Only a bit of landscaping to finalise. Whilst they look much nicer than the old toilet block I would hate to be paying an hourly rate for the work that has gone into these.
Sunshine Coast Airport will be holding their 50th anniversary celebrations on August 12th. The highlight will be the opportunity for the general public to walk freely across the airports tarmac for the first time in it’s s of operation. All flights will be suspended from 6am until 10am on the Saturday morning and it is estimated that nearly 5000 people will come along. There will also be an AGL Rescue chopper demonstration and display plus static aircraft displays. The airport are hoping to get as many people as possible across the main runway for an aerial photo to commemorate the event.
Coolum police are on the lookout for a new station to take over from their current “temporary” premises in William Street. The station moved here from the old Emu Mountain premises to increase the police profile and presence in the centre of the village back in 2005. However they have outgrown the current premises and negotiations are now happening to secure a site next to the new ambulance station on South Coolum Rd. It has been suggested that this could eventually become an all encompassing emergency services precinct catering to police, fire and ambulance stations.
The Coolum Community Celebration Day will be held this year on Sunday August 7th in Jack Morgan Park from 10am to 2pm. This is an opportunity to showcase the vast array of community groups and volunteer organizations that operate in our part of the world and to recognize and acknowledge the work that goes on behind the scenes.
Ok that’s it for this month. If there is anything that is going on across the North Shore that you would like more information on please feel free to contact us at either of our offices or to firstname.lastname@example.org