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21 May 15 Council backs Coast’s small businesses

Sunshine Coast Council has shown its support for the region’s small businesses by opposing an application by the National Retail Association which aims to merge 14 zones in the South East Queensland area into one zone.

The proposal would open the way for expanded trading hours, incl.....(more details)

21 May 15 Council endorses group to help preserve the region’s rich heritage

Sunshine Coast Council today announced the appointment of nine members to the Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group for 2015/16.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor, and chair of the Reference Group, Cr Jenny McKay said the Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group p.....(more details)

21 May 15 Keep our shared beaches safe for everyone

Sunshine Coast Council is keen to ensure that dogs do not unnecessarily annoy beach goers and to keep an eye on this council today launched their new dog patrol strategy. 

The new approach takes the form of a bright orange all-terrain vehicle, which councillors Jason OPray and Tim Dw.....(more details)

21 May 15 Plan to make our roads safer open for comment

Sunshine Coast Council has a plan to reduce crashes on our roads and residents are invited to have their say on it from June 1.

Driver education, crash investigation, pedestrian and cycling facilities, and speed management measures are some of the actions outlined in the Draft Sunshine.....(more details)

20 May 15 Proposed mosque must be assessed under planning scheme

Sunshine Coast Council has advised the community a material change of use application for a proposed place of worship must be assessed under the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme.

The council is assessing a development application for a.....(more details)

20 May 15 Coast residents to celebrate becoming Australians on Cultural Diversity Day

More than 150 residents will officially become Sunshine Coast’s newest Australian Citizens at a ceremony at Coolum State School hall on Thursday, May 21 at 6pm.

Citizenship ceremony entertainment includes, Welcome to Country and Aboriginal dancing performed by Lyndon Davis an.....(more details)

20 May 15 International investors have Sunshine Coast in their sights

The Sunshine Coast is in the sights of a fresh wave of international investors with a Memorandum of Understanding  signed between Sunshine Coast Council and the Hong Kong Real Property Federation.

The Library of the Old Bank of.....(more details)

20 May 15 Canadian now calls Sunshine Coast home

More than 160 residents will celebrate an important milestone in their lives when they become our newest Australian citizens at a ceremony at Coolum State School on Thursday, May 21.

One resident who is looking forward to calling Australia home is Ryan Anderson, originally from Canada and.....(more details)

19 May 15 Cycling between Bli Bli and Maroochydore made easier

The completion of a $2.7 million cycleway has made sustainable travel to Maroochydore easier for Bli Bli residents.

Deputy Mayor Chris Thompson said the staged project provided a safe route for cyclists of all abilities.

“Council has recently completed the final section of t.....(more details)

19 May 15 World Class Violinist and Director, Benjamin Schmid to lead national string ensemble, ACO2 at Nambour Civic Centre

Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre will host world class violinist and director Benjamin Schmid as he leads the Australian Chamber Orchestra in a fresh and energetic performance on Friday, May 22 at 7.30pm. more details)

18 May 15 A smoother surface for Sugar Road

A section of Sugar Road at Maroochydore will be closed to traffic at night for around two weeks while Sunshine Coast Council improves the road surface as part of its Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Program.

The reconstruction and resurfacing work, scheduled to start in the week commencing .....(more details)

18 May 15 Last call for partners to take up funding opportunities

Sunshine Coast Council is looking to financially assist with the operational costs of local not-for-profit organisations that provide significant community benefit to Sunshine Coast residents.

The Community Partnership Funding .....(more details)

18 May 15 Councillors get a sneak peek of Coast’s new golf club


Sunshine Coast councillors today received a first-hand look at progress of the new Maroochy River Golf Club at Bli Bli.

Acting mayor Chris Thompson said councillors took the opportunity to visit the new clubhouse and Graham.....(more details)

15 May 15 Opening of Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef exhibition

Join Environment and Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay to launch one of the region’s most ambitious creative collaborations, the Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef, at Council’s Caloundra Regional Gallery on Saturday, May 16.

Environment and Community Programs Por.....(more details)

15 May 15 Downloadable discounts on Events+ app

Major and regional events on the Sunshine Coast generate around $50million for the local economy and that positive impact could increase thanks to a new piece of online software.

The council-supported Events+ Offers and Reward app is now available and provides an innovative new platform f.....(more details)

15 May 15 More of a makeover for Alex foreshore

Sunshine Coast Council’s latest upgrade to the park along the Alexandra Headland foreshore is now complete and has been well received by nearby business and residents.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said the $350,000 upgrade included park furniture such as timber daybeds, a la.....(more details)

14 May 15 Dorothy Baumann’s art depicts realistic landscape

Make sure you head to Sunshine Coast Council’s Maroochydore Library and experience the delightful Australian landscape exhibition by Dorothy Baumann on display until May 28.

Dorothy Baumann is a unique talent and works mainly with acrylics. Her paintings are based on the many images.....(more details)

14 May 15 Get involved in Library and Information Week

Escape, explore, discover, laugh, dream and imagine the possibilities at Sunshine Coast Council library branches during Library and Information Week from May 25 to 31.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the theme for the 2015 Libra.....(more details)

14 May 15 Mayor to seek overseas investment on roadshow

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson will target attracting new investors to one of the country’s fastest growing economies during a two-week investment roadshow to Hong Kong, Frankfurt and London.

The two-week investment mission supports commit.....(more details)

14 May 15 Record-breaking Russian adventurer unveils memorial

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov hopes the memorial unveiled at Mooloolaba today to honour his record breaking row across the Pacific will inspire the adventurous spirit of current and future generations of young people.

Almost a year to the day since he completed the longest solo man-p.....(more details)

13 May 15 Re-live the story of The Seekers at Nambour Civic Centre

As The Seekers celebrate their 50th anniversary, take a walk down memory lane at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre with Athol Guy – The Seekers Story on Thursday, July 23 at 7pm.

Athol Guy - The Seekers Story is a musical and visual production tha.....(more details)

13 May 15 Sunshine Coast Stadium to host international gridiron

Sunshine Coast Stadium will become an international American football (gridiron) venue for the first time when Trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand meet in an Under 19 World Cup qualifier on Saturday, July 11.

Mayor Mark Jamieson launched the game today, saying he was looking for.....(more details)

12 May 15 Coffee rocks out at Maroochydore Beach

The mercury hasn’t dropped to winter temperatures yet but Council is already preparing Maroochydore Beach for the coming summer season.

Council will begin stage two of the Maroochydore Beach renourishment program in mid-May, which will see beach dredging machinery mobilised into .....(more details)

12 May 15 Xavier Rudd to fly the Flag at Caloundra Music Festival

He enthralled festival goers in 2013 and world renowned Australian singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd will return to this year’s Caloundra Music Festival.

The mul.....(more details)

12 May 15 Cruising our Pumicestone—no nicer way to spend the day

Picture the scene: You’re lying back, the winter sun spreading a delicious warmth on your face and the sound of lapping water and birdsong fills the air. You’ve nowhere to go and feel a million miles away from anywhere.

That dream is closer than you think. Council is offering .....(more details)

12 May 15 Council manager secures national ICT award

Sunshine Coast Council IT professional Ann Yardley has been awarded a premier Federal Government award, taking out the ICT Professional of the Year gong at the 2015 Australian Government ICT Awards held in Sydney late last week.

Council CEO Ray Turner said Ms Yardley was recognised as an .....(more details)

11 May 15 Events Centre brings top shows to the Coast

The Sunshine Coast Events Centre continues to break records sales and attendance with 467 events and performances and more than 88,000 patrons through its doors during the last nine months.

Sunshine Coast Events Centre Chairman and Division 2 councillor, Tim Dwyer, said the all-star progr.....(more details)

11 May 15 Thousands to read the same book at exactly the same time

On Wednesday May 27, at exactly 11am, Sunshine Coast Council libraries will take part in the annual National Simultaneous Storytime along with thousands of schools, libraries and playgroups across Australia.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to enco.....(more details)

08 May 15 Record-breaking Russian adventurer to return to Coast

Almost a year to the day since he completed the longest solo man-powered voyage of all time, Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov will be back on the Sunshine Coast next week to unveil a permanent reminder of his achievement.

Mr Konyukhov will be joined by Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson.....(more details)

08 May 15 Witness the Sunshine Coast’s own Satellite Reef

Explore one of the region’s most ambitious creative collaborations, the Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef, at Sunshine Coast Council’s Caloundra Regional Gallery from May 13 until June 28. 

The Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef project, part of the worldwide Crochet.....(more details)

08 May 15 Shedding light on a solar success story

From humble beginnings in their home garage, All Energy HQ has grown to a respected provider of the highest quality solar products.

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08 May 15 Free workshops to help Coast residents Start Cycling, Stay Cycling

A new round of free cycling workshops will be held across the Sunshine Coast from this weekend to encourage more residents to enjoy some fun and fitness on two wheels.

Sunshine Coast Council’s inaugural Start Cycling, Stay Cycling program earlier this year was an overwhelming.....(more details)

07 May 15 Bruckner’s 4th Symphony comes to life with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra

Continuing with their 25-year celebration tour, the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra returns to Sunshine Coast Council’s Lake Kawana Community Centre with an all-new show on Sunday, May 24 at 3pm.

Last March the orchestra entertained audiences with an All Beethoven Concert and is .....(more details)

07 May 15 Maroochydore Library hosts historical Ladies in Lifesaving 1900 - 1939 exhibition

Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with Shine, will present a beautiful display of Ladies in Lifesaving 1900 – 1939, culminating with a heritage talk, at Maroochydore Library from May 11 to 15.

Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said the Ladies in Lifesaving 1900.....(more details)

07 May 15 Sunshine Coast a smart choice for investment

Sunshine Coast’s competitive business environment, accessibility to markets, proposed new infrastructure, a highly-skilled workforce and idyllic lifestyle are the winning combinations being promoted to attract national and international investment.

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06 May 15 #visionformooloolaba: Have your say to shape Mooloolaba’s future

Mooloolaba residents, business owners and visitors are invited to share their vision for the town as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s Place Making Mooloolaba project.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said Council was actively engaging with the community to develop a masterplan f.....(more details)

06 May 15 Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon to keep kids active at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Sunshine Coast will again get active from 6am to 1pm on Sunday, May 24 with the Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon taking place at Sunshine Coast Stadium, following the tremendous success of the event in 2014.

The Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon .....(more details)

05 May 15 Fly In Fly Out lifestyle reflected in theatre production

A funny play which sheds light on how families and communities adapt to upheaval and change in a Queensland mining town will be screened at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre on Friday, June 5 at 7.30pm.

Fly In Fly Out is a gritty production about dealing with chan.....(more details)

05 May 15 Walk to School and go in the draw for some great prizes

Students across the Sunshine Coast are encouraged to register for Walk Safely to School Day on Friday, May 22 to get active and enter the draw to win scooters and skateboards.

Mayor Mark Jamieson and Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson today joined students at Brightwater State School.....(more details)

04 May 15 Get walking during Heart Week

Sunshine Coast Council invites residents to get involved in one of the many free Heart Foundation Walking groups during Heart Week, which runs until Saturday.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Heart Foundation Walking was Australia’s largest network of free co.....(more details)

04 May 15 Strong growth confirms developer confidence

Development on the Sunshine Coast continues to show strong and consistent growth with $252 million in building approvals recorded during the January to March 2015 quarter.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council’s latest quarterly Development Indicator Report reflects the gr.....(more details)

04 May 15 Discover the bitter truth about sugar at Arthouse Cinema Nambour

Sunshine Coast Council’s Arthouse Cinema Nambour is proud to present two very special event screenings of the highly acclaimed That Sugar Film on Thursday, May 7 at 7pm and Friday, May 8 at 6.30pm.

That Sugar Film is one man’s journey to d.....(more details)

01 May 15 Early bird gets the discount at Caloundra Music Festival!

Here’s something to make a song and dance about – tickets to Caloundra Music Festival 2015 will go on sale on Tuesday May 5 at 11am at a super early bird discount rate!

Festival Director Richie Eyles said this special limited  release was a.....(more details)

01 May 15 Sunshine Coast remains on alert for wet weather

The Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) remains in alert status today as rain continues to fall across the region.

The Bureau of Meteorology warns that showers and storms are forecast across the Sunshine Coast until Saturday morning. The region may see rainfall to.....(more details)

01 May 15 Events+ driving local businesses further

Dozens of Sunshine Coast companies made the most of their opportunity to capitalise on major events held in our region by flocking to council’s Events+ MasterClasses earlier this year.

Suncoast Cabs and the Pickup Company were among the local .....(more details)

01 May 15 Nation-wide artists have more time to enter $10,000 New Media Art Prize

Sunshine Coast Council today announced the closing date for the Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2015 New Media category had been extended to Monday, May 25.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media category was a national award open to .....(more details)

Last Updated 23-May-15