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30 Jan 15 Network and gain tips for a healthy body, healthy mind and healthy business

Business professionals are invited to join guest speaker Jen Forster, owner and editor of Why Fitness Magazine, at the free Five-O-Five Drinks networking event on Friday, February 6  from 5:05pm at Nambour Civic Centre.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour C.....(more details)

30 Jan 15 Oztag Juniors arrive for weekend Cup battle

The playing fields of Sunshine Coast Stadium were awash with colour and kids as more than 160 teams congregated for the annual Oztag Junior State Cup competition this weekend.

The Oztag movement, which incorporates a popular sport safely played by people aged six to 60, is growing year-on.....(more details)

30 Jan 15 Exciting fauna finds in Council’s environmental reserves

A Tiger snake Notechis scutatus, photographed in the Coochin Creek Riparian Reserve is one of the only known populations for this species on the Sunshine Coast—it was found during the latest round of Environment Levy fauna surveys in Council’s reserve.....(more details)

29 Jan 15 Landsborough jumps at park name

A popular Sunshine Coast Council park in Landsborough known locally as “Skippy Park” can now officially claim the title following today’s council&r.....(more details)

29 Jan 15 World’s largest wave pool one break away on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Council has today given preliminary approval to a resort and waterpark which will include the world’s largest wave pool at Steve Irwin Way, Glenview.

The $90 million project also proposes pools and lagoons, wate.....(more details)

29 Jan 15 In memory of Ryan ‘Abdul’ Abdy…

Described by his brother as “a humble man who did and achieved so much but never boasted about anything,” Ryan Abdy was today given a special place to honour his memory.

Ryan ‘Abdul’ Abdy was a local Maroochydore surfer, lifeguard, environmental advocate and volunt.....(more details)

29 Jan 15 Opening of Digital Disruption exhibition

Sunshine Coast Council will showcase the works of innovative artists in the Digital Disruption exhibition from Friday, January 30 to Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

The exhibition also includes the six finalist artworks from the 2014.....(more details)

28 Jan 15 Grants now open and help available to get that funding!

Did you know your organisation, event, activity or program may be eligible for funding through one of Sunshine Coast Council’s grant funding programs?

And to help you have the best possible chance to secure that funding you can get assistance with your application – all you ne.....(more details)

28 Jan 15 Export Program: don’t miss the boat !

Does your business export or are you considering exporting? Register your interest for the second intake of council’s Export and Global Capability Program.

Economic Development portfolio councillor Stephen Robinson said the program helped guide businesses through their export journe.....(more details)

23 Jan 15 Don’t forget – if it’s flooded, forget it!

With heavy rain causing minor flooding on the Sunshine Coast today, Sunshine Coast Council is urging motorists to avoid unnecessary travel and remember – if it’s flooded, forget it.

Local Disaster Management Centre Co-ordinator Andrew Ryan said there had been heavy localised f.....(more details)

23 Jan 15 The 2015 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards go to…

The Founder of SunnyKids and Read2Remember, Chris Turner, was named the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Citizen of the Year at a special ceremony held today (January 23) at Lifepointe Baptist Church, Buderim.

Chris Turner’s commitment and dedication to helping people reach their full p.....(more details)

23 Jan 15 Council upgrades dangerous intersection at Karawatha Drive

Traffic accidents, ongoing congestion and safety concerns have prompted Sunshine Coast Council to close an intersection on Mountain Creek’s Karawatha Drive.

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23 Jan 15 Mayor welcomes new citizens on Australia Day

More than 300 local residents will celebrate an important milestone in their lives at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony to be held at The Events Centre, Caloundra on January 26 at 10.30am.

The Sunshine Coast Council citizenship ceremony entertainment includes:

22 Jan 15 Australia Day Ambassador to attend Coast’s major awards

Inspirational Australia Day Ambassador Jerry Coleby-Williams will join Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson at the seventh Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards on Friday, January 23 at Lifepointe Baptist Church, Buderim.

Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards were an int.....(more details)

22 Jan 15 Can you help our tiny hatchlings survive?

More than 1 million marine animals die every single year from entanglement or ingestion of marine debris.

To combat this, Sunshine Coast Council through its volunteer TurtleCare program, ReefCheck Australia and Underwater World SEALIFE Moolool.....(more details)

22 Jan 15 Make a date on Valentine’s Day and see Angus and Julia Stone

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (January 23) for Angus & Julia Stone’s Summer Tour 2015 performing at Sunshine Coast Council’s Lake Kawana Community Centre on Saturday, February 14 at 7pm.

Touring nationally in support of their latest release, the ca.....(more details)

21 Jan 15 Grab your rates discount

Sunshine Coast property owners are encouraged to take advantage of their rates discount and pay before February 20.

Council rates notices will start to arrive in letterboxes and email boxes for 130,000 properties this week (from January 20).

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21 Jan 15 AFL Demons find heaven on the Sunshine Coast

From ‘four seasons in one day’ to ‘beautiful one day, perfect the next’. That’s what the Melbourne Demons AFL Club has experienced during its 10-day training camp on the Sunshine Coast.

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio.....(more details)

21 Jan 15 Proud to call Australia home

More than three hundred local residents will celebrate an important milestone in their lives this Australia Day when they become our newest Australian Citizens.

The group will take part in Sunshine Coast Council’s citizenship ceremony at The Events Centre, Caloun.....(more details)

21 Jan 15 Free workshops help women Start Cycling, Stay Cycling

Want to take up cycling but don’t know where to start with equipment and road rules?

Register now for Sunshine Coast Council’s free five-week Start Cycling, Stay Cycling program for women, starting Saturday February 21.

Transport portfolio councillor Rick Babero.....(more details)

20 Jan 15 Caloundra Regional Gallery temporary closure

Caloundra Regional Gallery will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday January 28 and 29 to allow for the installation of the Digital Disruption exhibition. It will reopen at 10am Friday, January 30.

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20 Jan 15 Business confidence at its highest level in six years

Business confidence on the Sunshine Coast has risen to its highest level since 2009 according to the latest surveys.

Findings from the Sunshine Coast Business Confidence Survey revealed confidence levels had risen higher than before the Global .....(more details)

19 Jan 15 Enjoy a vibrant history of Maroochydore Surf Club in the fifties and sixties

Step back in time with well-known Maroochydore Surf Club member Bob ‘Limey’ Bowerman for an author talk at Maroochydore Library from 2 to 3pm on Tuesday, February 10.

Bob will recount some of his work as a lifesaver before inflatable craft, jet skis and rescue helicopters. He .....(more details)

19 Jan 15 Grants available to help build environment sustainability

If you own a rural property on the Sunshine Coast and would like to protect and enhance the biodiversity of your land and of the region, why not consider applying for a Landholder Environment Grant?

Holder of Community Programs and Environment Portfolios, Councillor Jenny McKay said the E.....(more details)

16 Jan 15 Be prepared for ‘Mozz-tralia Day’

Sunshine Coast Council is on the front foot for the predicted Australia Day mossie invasion, but still recommends locals and visitors pack the repellent for the long weekend.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council was hard at work combatting mosquitos however the.....(more details)

16 Jan 15 Clean hands saves lives

While what may seem like a simple function, the most common cause of food contamination from both food business operators and household cooks is the failure to correctly wash their hands and surfaces or equipment in contact with food.

Sunshine Coast Council actively monitors and educates .....(more details)

16 Jan 15 Apply now for funding to boost your creative career

Are you a professional or up-and-coming Sunshine Coast actor, producer, musician, artist or creative practitioner? Do you require financial assistance to bring your arts project to life?

The latest Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) round is open.....(more details)

15 Jan 15 New year, same resolution against irresponsible dog owners

Sunshine Coast Council continued its ‘zero tolerance’ approach to irresponsible dog owners today, with a Coolum man fined $2,675 by the Nambour Magistrate Court after his Staffordshire cross mauled an Australian Shepherd.

When handing down the judgement to Kai Hamilton, Magist.....(more details)

15 Jan 15 Sunshine Coast tagged in international sporting spotlight

Sunshine Coast continues to bask in the international sporting spotlight with the council today (January 15) announcing it has won the rights to host the 2015 Tag World Cup at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Acting Mayor Chris Thompson said council was well on its way to posit.....(more details)

15 Jan 15 Government commitment will help Sunshine Coast reach full potential

The Sunshine Coast is on the cusp of a bright future – and all levels of government need to work together to deliver policies, services and infrastructure needed by the region if we are to reach our full potential, Mayor Mark Jamieson has told State Government election candidates.

M.....(more details)

13 Jan 15 Last gravel road in Coolum area to be sealed

Sunshine Coast Council has begun work to seal the last gravel road in the Coolum area – Point Arkwright’s Arthur Street – as part of its commitment to improving the road infrastructure networks across the region.

Division 9 Councillor Stev.....(more details)

13 Jan 15 Express your national pride and celebrate Australia Day

Sunshine Coast Council supports Australia Day community events including the Australia Day Awards, a flag raising ceremony at Kings Beach, a street parade in Coolum, and family activities in Buderim.  

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the spirit of Australia Day will be cele.....(more details)

12 Jan 15 Council drives traffic improvements in Coolum

Traffic congestion on the Coolum-Yandina Road is set to ease in the near future thanks Sunshine Coast Council and the State Government.

Division 9 Councillor Stephen Robinson said a new slip-lane would soon be installed at the roundabout near Coolum State School.

“Many resid.....(more details)

12 Jan 15 The long arm of the Environment Levy

Two confirmed sightings of a bird so rare it has never been photographed, acquisition of four new reserves, thousands of native plants in the ground and delivery of an extensive community support program.more details)

12 Jan 15 Your service your say—waste strategy opens for comment

For the majority of residents, waste is probably the most regular contact they have with Council, but there’s much more to Sunshine Coast waste management than wheelie bins.

That’s why it’s important residents read and understand what&rsqu.....(more details)

09 Jan 15 Volunteers vital to local turtle population

In an effort to rebuild the dwindling loggerhead turtle population a dedicated team of volunteers from across the region spend many thousands of hours locating and caring for turtles nesting on Sunshine Coast beaches.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said v.....(more details)

09 Jan 15 Sunshine Coast company nets Chinese seafood project

The two-decade relationship between Sunshine Coast and China has taken another step forward with award-winning Glenview company RADAQUA completing an aquaculture project in one of the world’s largest seafood consuming countries.

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09 Jan 15 Drama workshops provide after-school fun for kids

Sunshine Coast Council presents Little Seed Theatre Company after-school drama workshops for young people from Monday, February 2 at Nambour Civic Centre.

With holidays coming to a close and another year of schooling almost upon us, now is the perfect ti.....(more details)

08 Jan 15 Incredible works will inspire and delight innovators of all ages

To kick off the inaugural Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media Award exhibition, Caloundra Regional Gallery opens its doors to an interactive showcase of new media, design innovation and future thinking from January 30 to March 15.

The Digital Disruption exhibition will showcase the .....(more details)

08 Jan 15 Confused about social media?

Business owners are invited to join Luke Humble from Italic to gain expert advice at the free Social Media Success sessions at Sunshine Coast Council’s library branches in February 2015.

Like us on Facebook is a commonly used term by businesses. With so many social net.....(more details)

07 Jan 15 Share high tea with author Loretta Hill

Sunshine Coast Libraries invites you to join bestselling Australian author Loretta Hill for high tea at Flaxton Gardens on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 2.30 to 4pm.

Enjoy spectacular views at Flaxton Gardens with Loretta as she talks about her new release The Maxw.....(more details)

06 Jan 15 Free jam-packed fun in Felicity Park

If you are looking for a fun-filled day to entertain the whole family make sure you head to the idyllic Felicity Park, adjacent to Caloundra Regional Gallery, from 11am to 8pm on Saturday, January 17.

There is literally something for everyone! The f.....(more details)

06 Jan 15 School children invited to create real-life art

School-aged students from grades three to 12 are invited to register to take part in a large interactive art installation entitled Pixel Mosaic developed by Sunshine Coast digital artist Mic Black.

Pixel Mosaic will be one of the installations of the Digital Dis.....(more details)

05 Jan 15 Eumundi Sculpture Prize takes pride and place at Caplick Park

The 2014 winning Eumundi Sculpture Prize entitled Sustainable by local artists Hew Chee Fong and Loretta Noonan has been added to the Sunshine Coast Public Art Collection.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay accepted the 2014 .....(more details)

Last Updated 31-Jan-15