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24 Jul 14 Sunshine Coast Council says enough is enough

Council has unanimously agreed enough is enough, and will oppose any boundary realignment for Eumundi, Doonan, Verrierdale and Weyba Downs.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said any further changes to Council's boundaries would not be in the best interests of the residen.....(more details)

24 Jul 14 Have your say on Council’s Draft Animal Management Strategy

Sunshine Coast Council today approved a draft strategy that will act as a tool for promoting and enhancing responsible pet ownership, whilst informing the community about Council’s role and future priorities in animal management – and we want to know what residents.....(more details)

24 Jul 14 Community set to enjoy vibrant quilt artworks

Caloundra’s nationally acclaimed textile artist Cynthia Morgan has generously donated two striking fabric quilt artworks to Sunshine Coast Council’s Art Collection.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said Cynthia is a well-known Caloundra t.....(more details)

23 Jul 14 Economic plans on track

Mayor Mark Jamieson as Chair of the Sunshine Coast Economic Futures Board has released the Board’s first annual report on the implementation of the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development Strategy 2013-2033 (REDS).

The report, which is fo.....(more details)

23 Jul 14 Great South East showcases the region’s rich art and culture

When Channel Seven’s Great South East goes to air on Sunday, August 3, the region can expect an influx of Queenslanders eager to discover the Sunshine Coast’s arts and culture scene.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Programs Port.....(more details)

23 Jul 14 Half-yearly rates notices in the mail

Sunshine Coast Council half-yearly rates notices will start to arrive in letterboxes and email boxes for 130,000 properties this week (from July 22).

Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said the mail out was the first rate run of the 2014/15 financial year with rate payments due by Friday, August.....(more details)

22 Jul 14 Dress up for Children’s Book Week celebrations

Celebrate the wonderful world of books from Saturday, August 16 to Friday, August 22 during Children’s Book Week, at Sunshine Coast Council library branches.

Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Children’s Book Week is an opportunity for children to connect to reading and enj.....(more details)

22 Jul 14 A wall to withstand the wet

A new retaining wall is set to improve safety on Nambour’s Petrie Creek Road and reduce the chance of road closures in severe weather events.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the structure would help prevent land slips.

“This retaining wall will stabilise land.....(more details)

22 Jul 14 Grants available to community groups

Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Grants Program is now open to community groups seeking funding to help assist in delivering projects and programs that benefit Sunshine Coast communities.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the latest round of Community Grants.....(more details)

21 Jul 14 Maleny boardwalk build begins

A new pedestrian and cycle link with scenic outdoor dining opportunities – that’s what’s on the menu via the Maleny Riverside Boardwalk project.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said work had started on stage one of the attractive timber boardwalk behind Riverside Shopp.....(more details)

21 Jul 14 Tips to get your business up and running

Give your new business the best possible chance of surviving at the free Up and Running information sessions at Sunshine Coast Council library branches in September.

Join business mentor Rod Richards from Small Business Solutions for an educational and inspiring session.

In.....(more details)

21 Jul 14 World’s only koala poo detection dog scores a hat trick

Maya, the world’s only koala poo detection dog, is already proving her worth, tracking down the cute and cuddly creatures’ presence on three Sunshine Coast Council reserves – at Tanawha, Peachester and Glenview.

Th.....(more details)

20 Jul 14 Fire at Caloundra South under control

Sunshine Coast Council has advised a fire at Caloundra South is under control and the smoke haze which may have impacted some residents’ health has dispersed.

The fire started in a mulched product stockpile at the southern end or Racecourse Rd.....(more details)

20 Jul 14 Fire at Caloundra South – 10.30am update

Sunshine Coast Council continues to actively assist Queensland Fire and Emergency Services who are attending a fire which started in a mulched product stockpile at the southern end of Racecourse Rd, behind the Caloundra Industrial Estate, on Friday.

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19 Jul 14 Fire at Caloundra South

Sunshine Coast Council is actively assisting Queensland Fire and Emergency Services who are attending a fire which started in a mulched timber stockpile at the southern end of Racecourse Rd, behind the Caloundra Industrial Estate, yesterday.

Th.....(more details)

18 Jul 14 Supersized sculpture lobs into Nambour

An enormous 35-tonne sculpture has landed in Nambour. It’s the new centrepiece of the District Skate Park and Youth Activity Precinct that is currently being constructed on the corner of Matthew and Ann Streets.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the massive manufactured monu.....(more details)

18 Jul 14 Dig a hole and ditch technology

For every hour we spend on outdoor recreational activity, we spend seven watching television and surfing the Internet. That’s one finding from the 2013 Planet Ark report ‘Missing trees: The inside story of an outdoor nation’.

Council is inviting re.....(more details)


17 Jul 14 Council creates bat buffer

Sunshine Coast Council has come to the aid of Palmwoods residents impacted by flying foxes.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said vegetation clearing had been carried out to create a buffer zone between houses in Dunning Street and the nearby flying fox roost.

“Council has .....(more details)

17 Jul 14 Caloundra Music Festival, October 3-6: second artist announcement

Caloundra Music Festival, known as the festival of ‘sun, surf and soul’, announced its second round of artists today.

The four-day festival, now in its 8th year, is located adjacent to the gorgeous Kings Beach, within walking distance of the picturesque Calou.....(more details)

17 Jul 14 Kings Beach and Happy Valley boardwalk lights up

Sunshine Coast Council has partnered with the Caloundra SAFE Committee to install lighting along the boardwalk between Happy Valley and Kings Beach.

Divisional Councillor Tim Dwyer said the committee, which includes representatives from Sunshine Coast Counc.....(more details)

17 Jul 14 Be scene as a leader

Leading people and managing volunteers will be on the agenda at the Sunshine Coast Events Network (scene) educational workshop to be held at TAFE Queensland East Coast from 1.30pm on Wednesday, July 23.

Open to all event industry professionals, Sunshine Coast Council’s sce.....(more details)

16 Jul 14 Cotton Tree carols to grow in the hands of the community

Sunshine Coast Council will move into the role of major sponsor when it hands the community the leading reins of the much-loved Carols at Cotton Tree this year.

Community Programs Portfolio Chair, Councillor Jenny McKay today announced that the .....(more details)

16 Jul 14 Council approves Mooloolaba ocean-front development

Sunshine Coast Council has paved the way for a 10-storey Mooloolaba ocean-front development to start, following approval this week.

Divisional councillor Chris Thompson said the Aria development, located on the corner of Mooloolaba Esp and Meta St, .....(more details)

16 Jul 14 Grab a bargain at Maroochydore Library giant book sale

Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Friends of Maroochydore Library Inc. invites all readers to grab a bargain at the giant two day book sale at Maroochydore Library on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Co.....(more details)

15 Jul 14 Glasshouse carols to grow

Sunshine Coast Council will move into the role of major sponsor when it provides increased support of the much-loved Glasshouse Country Carols this year.

Community Programs Portfolio Chair, Councillor Jenny McKay said at the January Ordinary Mee.....(more details)

15 Jul 14 Coolum carols to prosper

Sunshine Coast Council will move into the role of major sponsor when it provides increased support of the much loved Coolum Christmas in the Park this year.

Community Programs Portfolio Chair, Councillor Jenny McKay said at the January Ordinary .....(more details)

15 Jul 14 Caloundra carols to prosper in the hands of the community

Sunshine Coast Council will move into the role of major sponsor when it hands the community the leading reins of the much-loved Carols on Kings event in Caloundra this year.

Community Programs Portfolio Chair, Councillor Jenny McKay today announ.....(more details)

15 Jul 14 Nambour carols to prosper

Sunshine Coast Council will move into the role of major sponsor when it provides increased support of the much loved Nambour Community Carols this year.

Community Programs Portfolio Chair, Councillor Jenny McKay said at the January Ordinary Meet.....(more details)

15 Jul 14 More dispersal actions at Coolum

Sunshine Coast Council is conducting more flying fox dispersal actions at Cassia Wildlife Corridor in Coolum.

Division 9 Councillor Stephen Robinson said the need for a second round of non-lethal actions aimed to relocate flying foxes that had returned to the roost. 

“F.....(more details)

15 Jul 14 Storm seasons will help Falcons fly higher

The Sunshine Coast’s own rugby league team, the Sunshine Coast Falcons, are set to become a second feeder team for league giants the Melbourne Storm.

A three-year agreement has been signed where the Falcons will join Brisbane East as a feeder team, which will see.....(more details)

15 Jul 14 It’s Christmas in July for the Sunshine Coast community

Sunshine Coast Council will move into the role of major sponsor when it hands the community the leading reins to two of the Coast’s much-loved Christmas Carols this year.

Community Programs Portfolio Chair, Councillor Jenny McKay today ann.....(more details)

15 Jul 14 Coolum gears up for Australia’s sandiest obstacle course

Coolum is gearing up for an influx of visitors participating at this weekend’s (July 19 and 20) Beach Bash.

Divisional councillor Stephen Robinson said the event would boost the local economy and he encouraged the community to head to the beac.....(more details)

14 Jul 14 If you’ve ever been let down by your favourite band or your best mate this show is for you

Be quick to secure tickets for a new Australian comedy from David Burton and Claire Christian, Hedonism’s Second Album, performing for one night only at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Sunshine Coast bands have a u.....(more details)

14 Jul 14 Game-changing Sunshine Coast project receives tick of approval

The Maroochydore City Centre Priority Development Area has reached a significant milestone with the State Government approving the game-changing project’s development scheme.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Maroochydore City Centre would be instr.....(more details)

11 Jul 14 Magpie season brings out the zip tie fashion statement

Zip tied helmets are all the rage again as the magpie breeding season returns.

From now through to early December, male magpies become overprotective parents and may swoop passing pedestrians, cyclists and the occasional unlucky postie.

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10 Jul 14 Butterflies, backyard biodiveristy and an economic boost

If you want to attract butterflies to your backyard, see what’s on at Sunshine Coast venues, or learn simple steps to help the environment – make sure you visit one of Sunshine Coast Council’s exhibits at the Queensland Garden Expo this weekend.

In addition to these stan.....(more details)

10 Jul 14 Garbage collection times may change

Sunshine Coast residents are reminded the time their rubbish bins are emptied may change following a review of the service.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council’s waste contractor was fine-tuning the schedule to ensure an efficien.....(more details)

10 Jul 14 Let’s do the Time Warp at Arthouse Cinema Nambour

It’s just a jump to the left, and a step to the right! 

Following the huge success of the Special Event screening of Storm Surfers, Sunshine Coast Council’s Arthouse Cinema Nambour presents the screening of the 1975 classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 7:3.....(more details)

10 Jul 14 Funding available for diverse range of art projects

The Sunshine Coast is home to all kinds of actors, producers, musicians and talented artists – and Sunshine Coast Council is calling on them to apply for a Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) grant to help with their artistic ventures.

The latest major round of RADF – open f.....(more details)

09 Jul 14 Council partners with community on flying-fox issues

Sunshine Coast Council will continue to work with Palmwoods residents impacted by Flying foxes.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said a community meeting would be held tomorrow to discuss some of the upcoming works that will be undertaken in the vegetation corridor at Dunning Street.

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09 Jul 14 Koala-tracking canine is on the case

IF you were a koala and had a dog tracking you down, you’d be hoping it was Maya the environmental canine on the case.

Maya, the only professionally-trained koala poo detection dog in the world, is on the Sunshine Coast as part of the council&.....(more details)

09 Jul 14 New direction to promote region’s reputation as major events destination

Mayor Mark Jamieson today announced Council will retain the naming rights of the Sunshine Coast Stadium and Kawana Sports Precinct, the region’s premier sport, recreation and events venue.

Mayor Jamieson said this new direction provided an opp.....(more details)

09 Jul 14 Council seeks dog attack witnesses

Council is investigating a dog attack which occurred near 502 Nicklin Way, Wurtulla on June 29 between 10am and noon.

A 53 year-old man said a dog attacked his white kelpie cross which received some bites.

The dog&rsq.....(more details)

09 Jul 14 Development activity: Best in three years

The last 12 months have provided the most encouraging development activity on the Sunshine Coast since 2010/11. 

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the substantial increases were a real vote of confidence in the region’s future.

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09 Jul 14 Environment Levy to help rural landholders

More than 110 properties received the wonderful news today they will share in over $382,000 from Sunshine Coast Council’s Environment Levy Landholder Environment Grants to assist their projects that deliver high ecological value and benefit to the Sunshine Coast region.

Holder of Co.....(more details)

07 Jul 14 Artworks bring Beerwah legend 'Speedy King' to life

A fictional tale of Beerwah’s history has been brought to life in Simpson Street.

Five innovative artworks have been installed in the town as part of the Beerwah Streestcape Project. Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said they were created by renowned local artist Russell Anders.....(more details)

07 Jul 14 Local identities’ stories unfold

The stories of some of the Coast’s colourful local identities have been captured in short digital stories as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s 160 Characters project.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said 160 Characters shines the spotlight on the region&rsqu.....(more details)

07 Jul 14 Work to start at Parklea Esplanade Park

Stabilisation of the creekbank at Parklea Esplanade Park in Mountain Creek will begin this month.

Division 6 councillor.....(more details)

04 Jul 14 Stage and screen star Tom Burlinson sings ‘Simply Sinatra’ at Nambour

Well known Australian star of stage and screen, Tom Burlinson, is proving his musical talents in the production of ‘Simply Sinatra’ at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre on Friday, July 18 at 8pm.

The.....(more details)

04 Jul 14 Discounted desexing for dogs and cats

Hundreds of unwanted cats and dogs move from Sunshine Coast Council’s pound to animal welfare shelters each year – many due to unplanned breeding.

Community Programs Councillor Jenny McKay said council was calling on owners to do their bit and desex thier p.....(more details)

03 Jul 14 Coast scores $1.5 million economic boost from University Games

More than 1500 students from across Queensland and Northern New South Wales are heading to the Sunshine Coast next week, where they will compete in 17 sports as part of the Northern University Games.

 .....(more details)

03 Jul 14 Crocodile Dundee going walkabout to the Sunshine Coast

The original Crocodile Dundee himself, Paul Hogan, is appearing at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre in the hilarious Hoges; One Night Only! on Friday, August 1 at 7.30pm.

Hoges first appeared on our screens over 40 years ago, and has since won Logies, Gol.....(more details)

03 Jul 14 Council approves major redevelopment at Maroochy River Resort

Sunshine Coast Council has approved a major redevelopment at the Maroochy River Resort, set to create more construction and resort jobs.

The 32ha master planned community is located south of the existing resort and west of Eudlo Creek.   <.....(more details)

02 Jul 14 Irish international chef proud to call Australia home

One hundred and eighty local residents will celebrate an important milestone in their lives at Sunshine Coast Council’s citizenship ceremony which coincides with NAIDOC Week at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Friday, July 11 at 1.30pm.

Twenty eight year old professional chef Ruairi .....(more details)

02 Jul 14 Coast’s fire crews prepare for spring bushfires

Sunshine Coast’s fire management crews are planning for the next fire season and tomorrow (July 3), will carry out a prescribed burn in the Mountain Creek Conservation Area.

Local Di.....(more details)

01 Jul 14 Council works with the community to quash pests

There’s nowhere to hide as Sunshine Coast Council weeds out the trouble makers.

But don’t be alarmed; council officers will be carrying out the Pest Survey Program – in accordance with the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 – to help .....(more details)

01 Jul 14 Online video strategy for business

Learn how to engage your target audience through online video marketing at the free Web Video Strategies sessions at Sunshine Coast Council libraries during July and August 2014.

Video is fast becoming a crucial component of a business’.....(more details)

01 Jul 14 Your chance to watch State of Origin live on a jumbo screen

If you cannot make it to Suncorp Stadium on July 9 to watch the State of Origin III then Sunshine Coast Council’s Stockland Park has the next best thing.

You will be able to watch the greatest game of rugby league live with unrestricted views on a jumbo screen. This will be your cha.....(more details)

Last Updated 24-Jul-14