Quick Snips February 2016

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Ok that’s the first month done and dusted for 2016. Gee, wouldn’t it be nice if this kept going. January 2016 would have to be the best start to the year on any number of levels that we have seen for a long time. Stunning weather and beach conditions for the whole month have definitely been the big drawcard but the sheer volumes of people in the shops , on the roads, and in the holiday accommodation have been exceptional. Forward bookings for February are already well above previous years so lets hope this is just the start of a great year.

We also had another really big achievement from one of our local kids this month with Coolum teenager Isabella Nichols winning the 2016 World Junior Surfing Championship in Portugal. It is a fantastic result for Isabella but also for all of the other kids from this area to see what is possible if they want to aim high in whatever field they choose. To have Isabella follow in the steps of Julian Wilson on to the world stage of surfing is an amazing effort for a small community like Coolum. Go you good things!

And then there was Clive. The greatest billionaire to ever grace the small coastal community of Coolum (and our federal parliament representative) seems to be in a bit of a pickle at the moment but thankfully none of it is his fault. I know that because he said so. I’m not sure what all the fuss is about either. I mean he only laid off about 250 people from his refinery in Townsville before it went in to receivership. The Coolum Resort that bears his name is missing over 600 people from when he took that over and that wasn’t his fault either.  So the people of Townsville have been Coolumed and they don’t like it one bit. Apparently that’s a disaster, but around here it was something that had to happen and just get on with it. No new stadiums or emergency employment projects for this part of the world.  We must be tougher around here or just rusted on to the wrong political party. With a federal election coming up this year the local electorate polling has started to ramp up. In the latest polls Clive has recorded an astounding 2% popularity rating. I call that astounding because I can’t believe that there are still 2 people out of every 100 people they ask that would still support this bloke. And they couldn’t have accidentally asked Clive for his voting intentions because he is rarely sighted around here. Apparently at 2% of the vote you don’t get your $1000 deposit back that you have to put up before you nominate. The way Clive is bleeding money these days he may want to think twice about wasting the $1000. I think everyone around here is also holding on to the hope that maybe 2016 will finally be the year that he has to sell the resort and get out of our lives. I mentioned last month that generally the Coast and in particular our part of the Coast is feeling pretty good economically and that it feels like we have a good few years ahead of us. Imagine if we had a political representative that actually was in it for us and not just himself or his party. Imagine if we had the Coolum Resort under new management that could afford to do something (or anything) to get it back and operational again and start being an attraction for our piece of paradise again.  Things are going pretty good even though we don’t have that on our side at the moment but it feels like it is getting closer by the day. Then maybe we can really get things firing around here.

Construction of the new townhouses at Coolum Fairways has now moved on to the third and final stage and they are looking really good even if I do say so myself. Only one apartment is left in the first stage and it is the last of the golf course frontage units. All of the second stage is now sold and we now have the third stage ready for selling. We now have units available for people to walk through if anyone is interested in having a look.

Anyone that has been driving the David Low Way around Marcoola recently would have seen the survey pegs on the Western side of the road. The signs are up now to let everyone know that the works to widen the road from Petrie Avenue to Tamarindus Street will commence in February and will be under way for the next 6 months. This has been a difficult stretch of road for anyone living along this stretch or even driving along it regularly with numerous accidents involving cars turning in to the residences. The widening will allow a number of turning lanes in to the properties and is something that has been on the drawing board for quite a while.

That’s it for this month. Let’s hope the sun stays out and we keep this run going.

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