Noosa vows to keep fighting merger

The Noosa community is determined to continue the fight against council amalgamation despite the odds.

Figures released yesterday show an overwhelming 96 per cent of those in the shire, who took part in the recent voluntary merger ballot, voted against the government’s decision to combine Noosa with Maroochy and Caloundra in a “super council”.

Noosa vows to keep fighting merger | thedaily.com.au.

Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs

Six architects vie to redesign Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare

Six architects were shortlisted in an architectural competition to redesign the Birnbeck Island and Pier in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

The competition, which opened in August, is run by Urban Splash and RIBA. It received 95 entries from all over the world, including Hong Kong, Canada, Russia and the USA.

Urban Splash reveals stunning seaside shortlist designs – Building.

Malta – Tal-Qroqq Skate Park

Rural Affairs and the Environment Minister George Pullicino, and Finance Parliamentary Secretary Tonio Fenech, met up with the media at the Tal-Qroqq Skate Park yesterday and saw the progress of works underway, despite the rain.

“Our goal is to open the skate park towards the end of January, and it is also intended to be a garden and a recreational area for nearby residents,” said Minister Pullicino. “The project, to cost Lm100,000 in total, has been funded primarily by the Finance Ministry’s Good Causes Fund, and the works are being carried out by the Environmental Landscape Consortium (ELC),” he added.

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Launch Of Sustainable Transport

Transport Minister Annette King has launched Sustainable Transport, a draft Update of the New Zealand Transport Strategy that outlines a vision for a sustainable transport future.

Ms King released the document in Wellington as the first step toward updating the Government’s 2002 New Zealand Transport Strategy.

Scoop: Launch Of Sustainable Transport.

Phoenix ditches $2.4 million public-art project for park

A $2.4 million public art piece chosen by a city-appointed panel for the planned downtown park near Van Buren Street and Central Avenue has been rejected by the Phoenix City Manager’s Office despite $104,000 already paid to the artist.

Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission members are angry and wonder if someone in City Hall thinks the proposed piece, which resembles a floating jellyfish, is too unconventional and will reignite a controversy on what makes for proper public art.

Phoenix ditches $2.4 million public-art project for park.

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