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Sunshine Coast Community Plan

Planning for the community

Council approved the Sunshine Coast Community PlanLink exits to another website  on 18 May 2011.  It was developed in partnership with the community.


The plan will shape decision-making in the region over the next 20 years. It will be a strong basis for the main concerns of the community. It can also be used to promote the Sunshine Coast with all levels of government.


The plan captures the community's vision and hopes for the future of the region. It can also be used as a guide for all other planning processes for council.

It was clear during the process that the community wanted the Sunshine Coast to become Australia’s most sustainable region. The plan will be carefully considered by all decision-makers of the future.

To become more sustainable, there is a need to:

  • protect the region's precious natural assets and lifestyle
  • build and diversify the economy
  • create employment opportunities
  • ensure there is social cohesion
  • seize new opportunities as they arise.

It will develop plans and actions to achieve the goals outlined in the Community Plan.

Community engagement

The first stage of the plan was to study public consultations [PDF 271KB] from the last seven years including:

  • feedback from the 2009 Our Place Our Future consultations
  • community feedback on council's 2009/14 corporate plan
  • Maroochy 2025
  • Noosa community sector board plans
  • Caloundra Social Plan.

Market research

Council employed Nielsens to carry out thorough market research across the region in July and August 2010. They reported on their findings.

Zooming into 2030

Late in 2010, council asked residents to give their idea of what the year 2030 would look like. We asked for an image and a caption. Council has used some of these images and captions to illustrate the plan.

Community conference

As part of developing the plan, council held a community conference at the Big Pineapple on 6 and 7 October, 2010. Those present included:

  • non-government organisation representatives
  • community organisations and
  • individuals from the community

They reviewed the data and market research and identified:

  • community values and ways in which we will work together
  • main concerns
  • the community's goals.

Online discussion

The online discussion was held early in 2011 to receive feedback on the draft plan. This was the final public engagement step. The online discussion and submissions on the draft plan closed on 30 March 2011, however you can still browse the site and view the discussions.


For more information, you can contact council's Coordinator of Community Planning and Strategy on (07) 5441 8095.

Please note: This webpage contains documents that are in PDF format only. If you would like to receive a copy of any of these documents in another format, please contact council's customer service centre.

Last Updated 16-Sep-14