As we begin a new year, I am excited by the potential 2020 holds for our region.
I am acutely aware of the challenges that 2019 presented for many in the Scenic Rim, with drought and bushfires, but am tremendously proud of the resilience shown by the community as we stood together to meet these challenges and emerged stronger as a result of them.
That Scenic Rim spirit will be celebrated on Australia Day when we present awards to our very deserving community achievers and also officially welcome our newest Australians who will take the oath of citizenship.
This promises to be an exciting year in the life of our region as we are about to usher in a new planning scheme, the first unified planning scheme since the formation of Scenic Rim Regional Council in 2008, and mark the 10th anniversary of Eat Local Week.
Our annual celebration of local produce and beverages won two national awards in 2019 that helped put the Scenic Rim on the map as a destination for fine food and visitor experiences.
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week 2018 won the Economic Development Single Event or Activity category at the National Economic Development Awards in Adelaide in October after Scenic Rim took the Outstanding Region trophy at the prestigious delicious. Produce Awards in Sydney in August.
The delicious. award was a first for Queensland and places the Scenic Rim alongside previous Outstanding Region winners including the Barossa Valley, Margaret River, Adelaide Hills and Mornington Peninsula.
Kickstart your new year by getting into the free, low-cost activities in the council's summer Join In program, which is available on the council's website and is also being distributed to the community.
Join In introduces our cultural program for the year, aptly titled 20/20 Vision, as well as the Be Healthy and Active program, with additional copies available from council libraries and customer service centres.
As we approach the local government elections in March, I urge all Scenic Rim residents to be aware of the divisional boundary changes which came into effect in 2019.
To ensure each division is within electoral quotas, there have been a number of boundary changes resulting in residents 'moving' between divisions, so please check the Electoral Commission of Queensland's website to see if this affects you.