*Postponed due to weather conditions to 24 November 2018
At our recent KaFRA committee meeting, we raised with Cr Baberowski (who regularly attends our meetings) some residents concerns regarding the area under the bridge linking KF to Birtinya. The issues were the graffiti, lighting, pathway flooding in heavy rains and not draining away quickly, safety and a peppercorn (invasive) tree nearby that needs removal. We also supplied the following video. A SCC docket has been raised and will be investigated. Although it seems to be a simple matter, the issues are that TMR own the bridge, no onsite power, PEPTED parameters and solar lighting expenses etc. We will keep you posted on the outcomes post the site meeting to see if a way forward can be found. Especially as usage of this area will increase with the new Oceanside centre opening, the Meridan playing fields and more local residents using this pathway to the hospital.
Video available via our Facebook page.
KaFRA members recently asked us to find out more about the Kawana Forest Mosquito Control Program. We followed up with Council and below is the response we received 2 July 2018. We have asked some additional questions and I will post these details on our Facebook page as we find out more. https://www.facebook.com/KawanaForestResidents/
Kawana Forest is one of the few coastal areas on the Sunshine coast that isn’t heavily affected by the most common coastal mosquito, the saltmarsh mosquito. However the area is heavily affected by a variety of freshwater mosquito species that originate from the large area of remnant rainforest and floodplains that line the Mooloolah River to the north.
This area of rainforest and floodplain produces large populations of freshwater mosquitoes usually during the summer wet season from February to April. The mosquitoes breed in the pools of water that remain after heavy rain and the adults rest and shelter in the shady areas of natural vegetation. At dawn and dusk they move out of these forests into the residential areas to feed.
Effective mosquito control requires the timely application of environmentally friendly larvicides to the pools of water containing the juvenile mosquitoes. This must occur within a few days of the pools being filled by heavy rain. The mosquito breeding sites to the north of Kawana Forest are practically inaccessible. They are in dense rainforest and occur over a very wide area, perhaps in excess of 100 hectares. Council has trialled some spraying in this area in the past but it was not successful given the inability to access all the mosquito breeding sites in such a large area in a short period of time.
Kawana Forest is fairly unique in that it is the only residential area that immediately adjoins this remnant rainforest and floodplain. Unfortunately the visual amenity and recreational opportunities provided by this natural area are sometimes compromised by the naturally occurring mosquitoes and other insects and fauna that are present. When mosquito populations are high residents are advised to adopt personal protective measures to minimise the impact caused by these biting insects. These include the use of insect screening on windows and doors, avoiding exposure when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk and the use of protective clothing and insect repellents.
Council has continued to investigate mosquito control programs for areas such as Kawana Forest. A similar problem exists in the residential areas to the south of Mount Coolum. Council is planning on trialling a mosquito control program for that area next summer that uses helicopters to treat the casuarina forest breeding sites in that area prior to and following heavy rain. While this is a different mosquito breeding habitat to those found in your area, if the technique proves to be successful it may have some application to the Kawana Forest remnant rainforest and floodplain in the future. Council has been monitoring mosquito populations in Kawana Forest for over a decade via a mosquito trap that is located weekly at Bolwarra Place. The data from this trap will be instrumental in the development of any future mosquito control program in that area.
Hopefully a successful mosquito control program will become available in the future. In the meantime, when mosquito populations are high, residents will have to rely on those personal protective measures outlined above.
Dear Kawana Forest Residents
We are now taking KaFRA memberships and renewals for 2018-2019 – only $10 per household!!!
We have had an amazing year and achieved so much due to the support of our wonderful new committee, valued members, grants from sponsors and support from local businesses.
What have we done this last 12 months:
– conducted another successful community Christmas party at the Kawana Forest Meeting Place
– conducted an active families fun day in Kurrajong Park on 2 June with over 100 people in attendance
– made a formal submission to and participated in the mayor’s special workshop on illegal verge parking in February
– provided feedback to council on options for aging playground equipment to be replaced later in the year
– provided feedback to council on the development of the Meridan Playing Fields AFL expansion
– liaised with council on local rubbish, gardens, traffic and parklands issues (including cleaning of Kawana Forest entry sign)
– cleaned up litter along Woodlands Boulevard and in our parks and streets
– provided advice to residents on various issues
– prepared and hand-delivered regular newsletters for residents outlining news from around the estate and supporting local businesses
– updated the KaFRA website
– revamped our Facebook page to provide a more active and responsive forum for local residents and promote various local events (https://m.facebook.com/KawanaForestResidents/)
– made successful applications for a number of community grants from McGrath Real Estate, Sunshine Coast Council, Grill’d Kawana & Stockland.
Thank you for the part, large or small, that YOU have played in this very successful year. We are now working on organising our Annual General Meeting (29 July) and our next big community event.
KaFRA represents the local Kawana Forest community by:
– keeping you informed on local community-related information
– ensuring our wonderful estate and surrounds are well-maintained
– liaising with council, state government and other parties to ensure our views are heard
– organising community engagement activities
Your support is critical to ensure we can continue to serve the local community and $10 is all it takes, this can be done by the following methods:
Frequently asked question:
Q. If I become a member what do I need to do?
A. Enjoy the community events we organise and know that we are here ensuring Kawana Forests best interests are being looked after.
Or, if you want to be involved let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org – as each year a new committee and sub-committees are elected, or maybe you would just like to help at a one off event, become part of our newsletter distribution team, or you have a special skill you can assist with to help with our administration or running of events.
Q. I see you have received some grants so why do I need to contribute $10 per year?
A. Grants are great and go towards the cost of our events, but we always have out of pocket expenses, together with other small running costs to keep operating a Not for Profit organisation run by volunteers.
What an amazing day we had!!! Perfect weather and over 105 local Kawana Forest Residents in attendance. Here are some photos and highlights from our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KawanaForestResidents/. Thank you to everyone that made it such a success. We are excited that plan are underway for our next community event, have your say or give us a shout out if you can assist via Facebook of info@KaFRA.org.au
Are you following us on Facebook??? You can be the first to find out more about our events and updates.
To all Kawana Forest Residents:
We would love you to be among the first to hear about our special mid-year community event! The attached invitation flyer should arrive in your mailbox shortly and outlines the details of the active families day on 2 June at Kurrajong Park. You can also check our Facebook page closer to the event where we will be sharing further details. www.facebook.com/KawanaForestResidents
There will be plenty of activities for families (kids of all ages and their parents) but, even if you don’t have kids at home, all are welcome to come along, join in or watch from the sidelines and meet up with your neighbours! There will also be a sausage sizzle and cold drinks available.
We would love to see you there! If you have any questions, contact us at email@example.com