HOW CLEANING GREEN IS BETTER FOR YOU AND YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT Seems like there are a multitude of different cleaning products for everything: floors, toilets, sinks, walls, dishes, countertops, clothes, furniture. And with so many choices, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when selecting the best cleaning solutions – not just for the job but also for you and the health of the people you work with. MULTI-SURFACE CLEANERS All-purpose cleaners are your secret weapon for quickly wiping down everything from desks to door handles. If this is not done regularly in your cleaning cycle it could be a contributing factor to allergies or illness in the workplace. Many enviro-friendly products are non-toxic, biodegradable, and made from renewable resources. TOILET BOWLS When it comes to toilet stains, odours, and messes, the general rule is the faster you can clean it up, the better. But that’s likely not going to happen in a busy workplace on a regular basis. Toilet bowl cleaners might be the harshest of all the cleaners you use; but you don’t have to resort to a product that may be hazardous to your health – especially it that product produces lingering toxic odours. There are plenty of safer green options out there not only smell wonderful but are safe for your septic tank too. CLEANING FLOORS The 5-second rule aside, you’re not likely to be eating off your office floors. But at least regular cleaning with quality products can make you feel like you could! Again, there many green options to help you avoid the use of harsh chemicals – leaving your floors streak-free clean. By the way, when replacing your old cleaning products with new greener choices, don’t just pour them down the drain. Recycle them properly. If they’re too toxic for the office, they’re not good for the landfill either. VACUUM CLEANERS Is everyone in your office sneezing? Carpets can attract an incredible amount of dirt and dust. The right vacuum cleaner can make all the difference in the world. Invest in a vacuum with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air or HEPA filter. It’s the best way to reduce spreading contaminants in the air. Consider getting a newer, bagless vacuum too. It produces less waste and is more efficient energy-wise. We recommend you do your research before you make your next enviro-conscious cleaning decision. Ask a professional what kind of products and practices they use to help create a clean, safe, environmentally friendly home or office. After all, cleaning isn’t something you should feel stressed about. The objective of cleaning is not just to clean… but to be happy too!
Sunshine Coast Airport ends the year flying high Sunshine Coast Airport has again been identified as Australia’s fastest growing airport in the latest figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. In the BITRE report for September 2018, Sunshine Coast Airport recorded a 7.2% increase in passenger movements compared to September 2017. Hobart was the second fastest growing airport with a 4.9% increase. For the year to the end of September 2018, Sunshine Coast Airport recorded 12.3% growth in passenger movements, comprising a 12.4% increase in domestic travellers and 10% growth in international passenger movements. Sunshine Coast Airport CEO Peter Pallot said the BITRE figures were a great way to end 2018. “This has been a phenomenal year for the team at Sunshine Coast Airport,” said Mr Pallot. “This is the first year that the airport has been operated as a private entity and we have continued to enhance performance from both our domestic and international markets achieving an unprecedented 41 consecutive months of growth, from June 2015 to October 2018. “These figures clearly show the strength in demand for the Sunshine Coast, and even with the constraints placed on the airport through the capacity of the current runway, we have managed to attract significant new business and the support of local travellers. “Our flights from Auckland were once again at record levels, and with the new runway now underway, the prospects for growing international flights after the runway is commissioned at the end of 2020, look very promising. “The new runway will enable a new generation of aircraft to fly into the airport, and enable aircraft to carry far larger freight consignments, benefiting Sunshine Coast businesses and in particular Sunshine Coast agricultural producers.” Mr Pallot said preparation of a draft Master Plan document to guide the evolution of the airport over the next 20 years was well underway, and has involved initial discussions with key stakeholders, including statutory authorities, aviation interests and community organisations. Significant technical studies and reviews are being undertaken utilising leading independent consultants and advisers. The Preliminary Draft Master Plan is due to be finalised in early 2019 and will be followed by a 50-day public consultation period. All submissions received during this period will be considered and addressed as necessary in the development of a Draft Master Plan. The Draft Master Plan will then be submitted to Sunshine Coast Council for consideration and approval. Sunshine Coast Airport Master Plan 2040 information available here - sunshinecoastairport.com.au/masterplan2040
The community is invited to attend the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Day event at Mooloolaba, including a free family movie on the beach, on Sunday, November 25 from 4-9pm. White Ribbon Day is an internationally recognised day of action, and calls upon all Australians to stand up, speak out and act to stop men’s violence against women. The movie night will feature entertainment, fun activities to participate in, as well as an opportunity to learn more about White Ribbon Australia and support services on the Sunshine Coast. Mayor Mark Jamieson said council continued to be front and centre leading campaigns such as White Ribbon Day to help break the cycle of violence against women and children. “As mayor of the Sunshine Coast and a proud White Ribbon ambassador, I am determined to do everything I can by working with our law enforcement agencies and service providers to say no to domestic violence,” Mayor Jamieson said. “We are constantly reminded that domestic and family violence can affect any person - regardless of gender, age, socio-economic status or cultural background. “Chances are, someone you know is a victim of domestic and family violence. “As a community we all have a responsibility to stop the behaviour and attitudes that contribute to the cycle of domestic and family violence. “It is only through our collective efforts that we can turn this around.” White Ribbon Day committee chair Queensland Police Service Sunshine Coast District Officer Superintendent Darryl Johnson said White Ribbon Day aimed to create an Australian society where everyone can live in safety, free from violence and abuse. “Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week in Australia as a result domestic violence,” Supt Johnson said. “As leaders in our community, we need to take responsibility to stop all types of violence. “On November 25, the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Committee is bringing our community together this White Ribbon Day, to end violence against women. “We are inviting the community to attend the Sunshine Coast White Ribbon Day event at Mooloolaba. This is your opportunity to make a stand against domestic violence.” Find out what you can do to support White Ribbon by visiting www.whiteribbon.org.au. There are many ways you can help spread the White Ribbon message: attend the White Ribbon Day event, donate, wear a white ribbon or wristband, take the White Ribbon Oath and join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #WhiteRibbonDay and #sunshinecoastcouncil. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 for advice or support. This free service providing confidential advice is open 24/7. In an emergency, call the police on 000. All incidents of violence should be reported to the police. Image caption: White Ribbon ambassador Mayor Mark Jamieson pictured left to right with White Ribbon supporters Daniella Yelo, Stephanie Haines, White Ribbon Ambassador Tyson Kettlewell and Megan Robertson .
World record holder The Big Wedgie is bringing its unique style of family-friendly fun to council’s Sunshine Coast Stadium for the first time, kicking off on December 8. The Big Wedgie currently holds the world record for the tallest free-standing inflatable waterslide, standing at a whopping 18.2m tall and 82m long which treats thrillseekers to an extreme 55 degree drop. Those who fancy something a little less extreme can take on The Just Right Wedgie, and young ones can have some splashing good fun on The Little Wedgie. Owner and creator of The Big Wedgie, Peter Rimington, said the Sunshine Coast felt like a natural next step for the mammoth waterslide attraction, which originated in Adelaide in 2015. “We are excited to make our move into the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Rimington said. “And the timing is perfect. We’re confident that our introduction to the Sunshine Coast will make for the perfect family fun day out.” Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said The Big Wedgie would be a phenomenal addition to the Sunshine Coast’s summer attractions. “We love hosting events of this type on the Sunshine Coast. They’re perfect for our relaxed lifestyle and our idyllic climate,” Cr O’Pray said. “I’m sure The Big Wedgie will be a very popular addition to the summer holiday fun that we have available for locals and visitors throughout December and January. “I can’t wait to head down to Sunshine Coast Stadium with my family to try out this whopping slide which I’m told is not for the faint hearted. “It’s also good to hear those who are not quite up for the challenge of the Big Wedgie will also be catered for with the Just Right Wedgie, the Little Wedgie and the Big Chucka ensuring there is something for everyone. “Getting people active at events like this are in line with council’s commitment to be Australia’s most sustainable region - healthy, smart, creative.”
Sunshine Plaza today has received development application approval for a high ropes adventure course as part of its redevelopment. By mid-2019, Sunshine Plaza will be home to the first outdoor high ropes course at a major regional shopping centre in the country and the world's largest ropes course on poles. It will include a 22-metre high viewing deck, 150 challenges and 16 zip lines, with the longest one at 130 metres across Cornmeal Creek. Adventure high ropes specialist, Trees Adventure will design and operate the high ropes course, providing 1, 2 or 3 hour experiences. The courses cater for ages 6 and up, with a broad range of activities and challenges. Lendlease Managing Director of Retail, Gary Horwitz says "Visitors to Sunshine Plaza will want to spend the entire day here, enjoying the breadth of experiences we have to offer - the best shopping, dining, entertainment and adventure options. The future of retail will not just be about shopping, we must be innovative and offer customers a range of experiences in one great place. The high ropes course will add another dimension to the new Cornmeal Creek casual dining and entertainment precinct, ensuring Sunshine Plaza remains a must-visit destination among locals and tourists alike" Nicolas Dansin, Trees Adventure Managing Director quotes "Once the attraction is built, Sunshine Plaza will be home to the world's largest ropes course on poles. With something for every level of fitness, our course will allow everyone to experience a unique, world first attraction on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. We'll also be offering pre-booked drop off sessions for kids, so parents can shop while kids are challenging themselves away from screens".
THE HISTORY Since 1989, The Queensland Straw Factory manufactured straws locally and imported food packaging products into their factory/warehouse in Australia. October 2014 saw the business purchased by Austraw, and an expansion of product range took the business in the eco-friendly direction to meet the demand of Australia’s request for more environmental options. An expansion into a larger warehouse in March 2017 brought with it even more product ranges and the possibility to ramp up Austraw’s eco lines. As demand grew, Austraw also grew. WHO ARE THEY NOW Well established in the industry, with a strong focus on Drinking Straws as their speciality, the time has come, where they now need to make a change for the better throughout our whole business, and even though over 60% of the products they currently sell are eco-friendly, like their paper straws, palm leaf plates and wooden tableware, Austraw is now making a bold move by entering into a Transition Phase where we are changing their trading name to BYGREEN, moving to cease selling these single use plastic items by the end of 2018. They wish to contribute to helping reduce the impact of plastic waste on our environment, and they will achieve this by replacing product with eco-friendly alternatives. They have created their “Eco-Straw” range and will also look to increase their “One Tree” range of wooden tableware, while also looking for new products that are either Compostable, Biodegradable, and sustainable for the earth’s future. They are continuing to work with their network of distributors all over Australia and we hope you will too. As a company, they are committed to this transition and the future of our business direction of only sourcing Green products. WHERE ARE THEY HEADED The history of the Austraw Brand will not be forgotten as Bygreen moves forward with a fresh new national appeal. Bygreen will be the beginning of a new era. Not just a name change, but a conscious decision and shift to becoming more responsible in the products they source and sell to the Australian Market, and to hopefully make a difference in the care of our environment. We encourage other companies and our customers/distributors to follow our move, as we transition to going Green. We only have one planet, and as the custodians of this earth, we need to look at making changes, be it small, or be it large, to make a difference. We look forward to not having a planet drown in plastic waste, and Bygreen will only stock and sell eco-friendly products by the end of 2018. This is our commitment. Join us. “Going Green – Think Bygreen”
We are proud to be a partner in the Craft Beer & Cider Festival Sunshine Coast brings a taste of some of Australia and New Zealand’s most unobtainable craft beers paired amongst locally sourced produce in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. With brewers and cideries hand picked after long yarns and vigorous tasting sessions, the yearly curated event is proud to bring a unique flavour showcase to Coast dwellers paired with local produce, live music and entertainment. Catch the 2018 line up on December 1, 2018 at Sunshine Coast Stadium (Fields 1&2) from 1pm -9pm. Come and enjoy a great day out sample some beers and ciders and support small businesses.
Australia’s fastest telecommunications connection to Asia and second fastest to the United States will occur from the Sunshine Coast, thanks to a new international submarine cable contract that has been agreed between Sunshine Coast Council and RTI Connectivity Pty Ltd (RTI-C). Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council was the first local government in Australia to secure an investment in an international submarine cable and in an increasingly digital world, the value of this investment for the region’s future could not be understated. “Without a doubt, this infrastructure investment will result in a significant point of difference for the Sunshine Coast,” Mayor Jamieson said. The project includes a 550km undersea fibre optic cable which will connect the Sunshine Coast to the 9600km Japan-Guam-Australia South (JGA-S)* submarine cable that is currently being delivered by a consortium led by RTI-C. At Guam, the JGA-S cable will connect to the SEA-US Cable System, a highly efficient Trans-Pacific cable which will forge connections between South-East Asia and the United States for more than 1.5 billion people. The investment of up to $35 million in the undersea cable connection from the Sunshine Coast to the JGA-S cable plus supporting land-based infrastructure is being jointly funded by the Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government, with the project forecast to deliver up to 864 new jobs and stimulate $927 million in new investment in Queensland. Mayor Jamieson said he believed these figures were conservative, given our insatiable demand for data and that data traffic from Australia was increasing by at least 40% annually. “The Sunshine Coast will provide the fastest, most affordable international connection point for Queensland and Australia to Asia, providing a significant step-change in Queensland’s attractiveness as an investment location,” Mayor Jamieson said. “This project will stimulate investment and jobs growth on the Sunshine Coast thanks to the superior telecommunications connectivity and data infrastructure and could serve to attract some of the world’s biggest data users to our region. “This game-changer will transform the Sunshine Coast and open up enormous opportunities for Queensland.” Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said the Queensland Government was providing $15 million towards the project from the Jobs and Regional Growth Fund following a commitment made at the last election. “The reality is only a small volume of international telecommunications is delivered via satellite, with 95 to 99 per cent of Australia’s internet needs serviced by a limited number of undersea cables coming into Sydney and Perth – a risk and limitation for Australia’s internet connectivity and commercial data centre capacity,” Minister Dick said. “The landing of a submarine cable on the Sunshine Coast will not only diversify the landing locations for telecommunications traffic, but will also provide speed, reliability and capacity improvements for the whole of the state. “A modern and growing knowledge-based economy relies on access to high-speed communications networks to ensure fast and reliable delivery of services across our state, from key social services to telehealth in our hospitals. “This initiative will bolster connectivity and reliability of these networks, and the services that rely on them, benefiting all Queenslanders. “This landmark project will transform the way the Sunshine Coast runs and open up enormous opportunities for Queensland.” Mayor Jamieson said most of Queensland’s data and voice communications currently travelled to Sydney via land, before heading to its international destination through submarine cables. “People don’t realise that every time you make an international phone call or transfer data overseas, every time you search Google, every time you like something on Facebook, it doesn’t go through a satellite,” Mayor Jamieson said. “In fact, the majority of Australia’s international voice and data traffic travels via submarine cables. “To have all Australian east-coast international cables landing in Sydney is not only more expensive, it’s a huge business and national security risk if those cables are damaged at the same time.” Mayor Jamieson said the international submarine cable – which would connect to a new cable landing station near the Maroochydore City Centre - would increase data transmission speed, provide greater redundancy and should, over time, lead to a reduction in international communications costs for business and consumers. “New cables and new technology have tended to drive down prices and create a more efficient environment. “Our ratepayers will also benefit from the agreements we have reached with RTI-C because council will receive a revenue stream from customers accessing the JGA-S cable network through the Sunshine Coast cable connection. “Once again, our council is at the forefront of thinking outside the square, securing new revenue sources and pursuing opportunities to generate economic and employment growth as a major dividend for our residents, thus ensuring we continue to be Australia’s healthy, smart, creative region. “It also fulfils another key commitment I made in the lead up to the 2016 local government election. “Arguably, the submarine cable will be the leader in our suite of game-changers for this region. “Our Sunshine Coast Solar Farm – which was another local government first; our Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion project; and the Maroochydore City Centre – Australia’s only greenfield CBD and about to become Australia’s fastest CBD, are all examples.” Mayor Jamieson also acknowledged the support of the Federal Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien, who has been a long-standing supporter of this project and who helped secure $250,000 in funding from the Commonwealth Government for a feasibility study for the submarine cable project in 2016. RTI CEO Russ Matulich said the investment by the Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensland Government placed the Sunshine Coast on the business map of the world.“Businesses need the fastest communications path between two locations,” Mr Matulich said. “They need the ability to store data and this new cable, and the landing station at Maroochydore, will enable this to happen. “The Sunshine Coast cable is in an outstanding location because it provides physical diversity – a new location into Australia – which is a high priority for government and commercial reasons. “This new path will deliver traffic into and out of Australia faster than the Sydney route because it is geographically closer to mainland China and Hong Kong, where there are over 1.1 billion people; to Japan where there are several hundred million people; and to the west coast of the United States where big companies such as Facebook, Google and Amazon are located. “Compared to other destinations, the Sunshine Coast project is one of the few cables that will be able to reach into those big cities over one network – RTI’s network.” Mr Matulich said the international submarine cable would also benefit small business because it provided better connectivity, speed and redundancy and encouraged new companies to look at the Sunshine Coast to take advantage of the connectivity to international communications infrastructure. “The whole community wins because they are getting the residual benefit of big investment coming into the region,” he said. “International submarine cables impact economies by increasing communications, trade and education. The higher the number of cables, the higher GDP per capita. “And the more cables landing in a specific location improves the quality of life, not just for the local citizens but for the nation.” The submarine cable, to be supplied and installed by Alcatel Submarine Network (ASN), is expected to be completed by the first half of 2020. ASN president Philippe Piron said the organisation was proud to work with RTI and Sunshine Coast Council. “ASN is very pleased our technology will be used to provide high speed connectivity to the Australian east coast, thanks to the investment by Sunshine Coast Council.”
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Great Barrier Reef Foundation Deforestation, dwindling landfill sites, pollution and health problems are just some of the problems that can be helped by using recycled products. Deforestation is becoming an increasingly alarming issue worldwide. In Australia alone, European settlement has reduced the total area of native forest from approximately 226 million hectares to 155.5 million hectares in just over 200 years.(i)Nearly 80% of the world’s large areas of ancient forest have already been destroyed, with an area the size of Melbourne (approximately 2,400 sq km) still being cleared every week. That’s an area the size of a soccer field logged every two seconds! (ii) Australia currently consumes 3.26 million tonnes of paper per year (approximately 180kg per person), most of which is manufactured from virgin fiber.(iii) By increasing our use of recycled paper, we decrease the amount of demand for new timber, which can help reduce deforestation rates worldwide. Like deforestation, the problems of dwindling landfill sites and -pollution may also be assisted through recycling. Waste management is one of the most pressing issues in the world today. Our ability to generate waste has increased to the point that in 1989 Australia tied with the USA in producing 1.6kg of waste per person per day, second only to Canada who produced a world record 1.7kg.(iv) “Most sectors in society are increasingly becoming aware that the current patterns of production and consumption are not ecologically, socially or economically sustainable. By far the most desirable objective is to avoid waste before it becomes an environmental or human health problem. In most cases the waste management hierarchy remains very relevant: Reduce (or avoid), Reuse (products or components), and Recycle (materials).” To add insult to injury, each tonne of potentially recyclable paper dumped into landfill sites occupies approximately one cubic metre of increasingly valuable space and produces greenhouse gases equivalent to around four tonnes of carbon dioxide.(v) (i) Source: Bureau of Rural Sciences (ii) Source: Greenpeace (iii) Source: Forestry Australia (iv) Source: State of the Environment Report for Manitoba (v) Source: University of New South Wales