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26 Mar 15 Council supports DASSI in quest for lease extension for Bli Bli land

Sunshine Coast Council today agreed to enter into a 30 year trustee lease and provide a letter of support to the Descendants of Australian South Sea Islanders Inc. over a parcel of land located at David Low Way, Bli Bli.

Division 9 Councillor Steve Robinson said Descendants of the Austral.....(more details)

26 Mar 15 Queensland Audit Office announces findings on Sunshine Coast Solar Farm project

Sunshine Coast Council has welcomed the outcome of the Queensland Audit Office (QAO) analysis of the Sunshine Coast Solar Farm project at Valdora which shows the audit results are satisfactory and there are no significant findings that need to be brought to council’s attention. <.....(more details)

26 Mar 15 Have your say on the future direction of Reserve 1000 Sports Complex

Developing additional AFL and rugby league fields, constructing more outdoor netball courts and improving on-site parking are just some of the recommendations outlined in Sunshine Coast Council’s draft master plan for the Reserve 1000 Sports Complex.

Now it’s time for resident.....(more details)

26 Mar 15 Cultural exchange sees mutual international promotion

The Sunshine Coast region has just enjoyed a month of promotion throughout schools and venues in Izumisano City in Japan, thanks to an art competition with a difference.

Sunshine Coast Council today welcomed the Izumisano City winner of the competition, 11 year old Hinako Yoshida, as our .....(more details)

26 Mar 15 Council supports new tourism venture

Paradise Seaplanes today secured a tick of approval to operate until June 30, 2016.

This follows completion of their three month trial permit for a 3m by 3m portable marquee for business transactions on the Maroochy River bank, Bradman Avenue endorsed by Sunshine Coast Council in December.....(more details)

25 Mar 15 Duporth Ave repairs on track for completion by Easter

Sunshine Coast Council is reminding motorists of the northbound lane closure on Maroochydore’s Duporth Avenue, while work is carried out to repair damaged concrete road pavement.

Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray said the repairs were scheduled to be c.....(more details)

25 Mar 15 Youi’s global headquarters joins university town

Youi’s global headquarters at Sippy Downs will join a string of new developments at the master-planned ‘university town’ at Sippy Downs.

The insurance company has today announced .....(more details)

25 Mar 15 Youi to establish global headquarters on the Sunshine Coast

In a coup for the region, insurance company Youi has announced it will establish its global headquarters on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The announcement means more than 900 staff will continue to call the region ‘home’ and Youi&rs.....(more details)

25 Mar 15 Have your say on arts funding on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Council is undertaking a review of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program and you are invited to provide feedback. 

RADF is a highly successful partnership between state and local government which supports local artists, the arts and cultural activities in r.....(more details)

25 Mar 15 Have the time of your life at Arthouse Cinema Nambour

Sunshine Coast Council’s Arthouse Cinema Nambour presents the classic film Dirty Dancing on Thursday April 2 at 7pm.

Located within the Nambour Civic Centre, the Arthouse Cinema Nambour screens arthouse, independent and major Hollywood films weekly and also ho.....(more details)


25 Mar 15 Of Peace and War exhibition opening

In the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, Sunshine Coast Council presents a sensitive display of stories and artworks Of Peace and War from March 25 to May 10 at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Watercolours and oils provide a modern-day experience of visiting the WW1 battle.....(more details)

24 Mar 15 Experts share export success secrets

Does your business export or are you considering exporting? Learn the secrets to get your business growing internationally and achieving export success at the Export Networking Event. 

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24 Mar 15 Confidence building across the Sunshine Coast

Development on the Sunshine Coast continues to build with $1.07 billion in building applications approved by Sunshine Coast Council in 2014.

Sunshine Coast Council today published its 2014 Development Indicators annual highlights report, presenting a selection of statistics on activity in.....(more details)

24 Mar 15 Hold fire before burning off

So you’re a rural landowner whose property is overgrown following the recent spate of wet weather and you’ve been waiting for the vegetation to dry out before burning it off.

Sunshine Coast Service Delivery Councillor Ted Hungerford said landowners should hold fire, literally,.....(more details)

24 Mar 15 Sunshine Coast cricket’s new field of dreams

Several Sunshine Coast sporting groups will be playing on a smoother surface in Buderim this year, thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s construction of a $675,000 high performance sporting field at Ballinger Park Sports Complex.

Mayor Mark Jamie.....(more details)

23 Mar 15 Almost 1300 students ride 3000km to school

A record number of Sunshine Coast school students jumped on their bikes for National Ride2School Day this year, with registrations up 42% from 2014.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council coordinated Ride2School Day registrations for the region.

“We had 1288 student.....(more details)

23 Mar 15 Sunshine Coast cricket’s new field of dreams

Several Sunshine Coast sporting groups will be playing on a smoother surface in Buderim this year, thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s construction of a $675,000 high performance sporting field at Ballinger Park Sports Complex.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, who .....(more details)

20 Mar 15 Sand works to shore up beach

The stretch of beach between Cotton Tree parade and the Maroochy Surf Club will undergo sand nourishment works next week. 

Division 8 Councillor Jason O’Pray said the works would be carried out from Tuesday March 24 to Thursday March 26 in prepar.....(more details)

20 Mar 15 Hospital business boost just what the doctor ordered

The Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital is set to revolutionise healthcare in our region. The hospital is being built as part of the 20-hectare Kawana Health Campus and will treat around 60,000 patients per year in the emergency department alone.–

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20 Mar 15 University town taking shape

The latest development activity at the master-planned ‘university town’ at Sippy Downs on the Sunshine Coast is creating a community where residents can learn, earn, live and play. 

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said he wa.....(more details)

19 Mar 15 Council call to bridge safety gap at Bli Bli

Sunshine Coast Council has urged the State Government to address cyclist safety concerns on a narrow bridge at Bli Bli.

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

19 Mar 15 Coast residents to celebrate becoming Australians on Harmony Day

More than 250 residents will officially become Sunshine Coast’s newest Australian Citizens at a ceremony at Lake Kawana Community Centre on Friday, March 20 at 1.30pm.

Harmony Day (21 March) celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and.....(more details)

19 Mar 15 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)

19 Mar 15 Kenilworth community to commemorate Anzac Day at new memorial

The Kenilworth community will commemorate Anzac Day 2015 at a new memorial being constructed by Sunshine Coast Council on Maleny-Kenilworth Road.

Construction started in early March and the project is slated for completion before Anzac Day in just over a mon.....(more details)

18 Mar 15 Buderim makes an entry statement

Buderim’s natural beauty has welcomed visitors since the 1800s and Sunshine Coast Council is ensuring the tradition continues with new gardens planned to complement the eye-catching entry signs to the township.

Division 6 and 7 Councillors Christian Dickson and Ted Hungerford are pl.....(more details)

18 Mar 15 It took 18 years to happen, but now I’m finally home

More than two hundred and fifty residents will celebrate an important milestone in their lives when they become our newest Australian Citizens on Harmony Day.

The group will take part in the Sunshine Coast Council’s citizenship ceremony at Lake Kawana Community C.....(more details)

18 Mar 15 Community invited to celebrate opening of Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre

The community is invited to join in the celebrations to officially open the Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre at Caloundra on Saturday, March 21 from 10am to noon.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre will be officially opened by the Hon. Mal .....(more details)

17 Mar 15 Exciting entertainment to captivate your children these school holidays

Council is excited to present some exhilarating and affordable holiday activities that will captivate your children over the Easter break at Sunshine Coast Venues.

For those who love live entertainment, Sunshine Coast Council venues are the place to be. The animal worl.....(more details)

17 Mar 15 Tenth Anniversary Sunshine Coast Art Prize launched in style

Come dressed in white and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize from 11.30am on Sunday, March 29 at the Garden Party “Launcheon”.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the 10th Anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize will partner w.....(more details)

17 Mar 15 Coast Mayor to discuss region’s priorities in Canberra

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson will join his South East Queensland mayoral colleagues in Canberra today to discuss the region’s priorities with the Prime Minister and senior Government ministers.

Mayor Jamieson is visiting Canberra as part of a South East Queensland Mayors&rsquo.....(more details)

16 Mar 15 Hop in and grab the last holiday park spaces over Easter

Sunshine Coast Council’s holiday parks are anticipating a busy Easter – with some of them completely booked out for the first week of the two-week break.

But there are still spaces available in the second week, Business Units Performance portfolio councillor Chris Thompson sai.....(more details)

13 Mar 15 Council clears the way for big events

Some minor tweaks to council infrastructure have paved the way for the Sunshine Coast to attract more major cycling and triathlon events.

Tourism,.....(more details)

13 Mar 15 Calling young Wizards and Darklords looking for holiday fun

Sunshine Coast Council library branches are looking for young Harry Potter and Star Wars fans to join in a range of awesome activities to entertain children these Easter holidays.

Activate Entertainment will be running four film making work.....(more details)

13 Mar 15 Helping to support our community groups

Sunshine Coast Council says thank you to the many community groups who make a difference in Sunshine Coast communities and reminds them not to forget to ask for a helping hand.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Council had provided over $900,000 in community grants .....(more details)

12 Mar 15 An ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Exhibition - Of Peace and War

In the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, Sunshine Coast Council presents a sensitive display of stories and artworks Of Peace and War from March 25 to May 10 at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

Watercolours and oils provide a modern-day experience of visiting the WW1 battle.....(more details)

12 Mar 15 Same great service, new number for libraries

Need to contact your local library? Then take down this number: 5475 8989 because that’s the new Sunshine Coast Library Service contact reservations, to renew your items, make a booking or any other library inquiry.

If you haven’t been t.....(more details)

12 Mar 15 Hoons deterred from Sippy Downs park

Wisteria Crescent residents are pleased with Sunshine Coast Council’s plans to help deter antisocial behaviour in the public green space near their homes.

Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said he empathised with local residents’ desire to ensure a safe neighbourhood for.....(more details)

11 Mar 15 All runs, rides and swim legs lead to Sunshine Coast

They’re here!  Hundreds of the fittest, toughest and bravest athletes from all corners of the world are limbering up on the Sunshine Coast for a mega-weekend of triathlon.

Tomorrow’s Australian Youth Championships at Twin Waters kic.....(more details)

11 Mar 15 Students cycle their way to great health

About 300,000 school kids across Australia are expected to take part in National Ride2School Day this Friday March 13, and hundreds of Sunshine Coast students are joining the ride.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council supported the event through its TravelSmart program.

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11 Mar 15 Caloundra Regional Gallery temporary closure

Caloundra Regional Gallery will be closed from Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 24 for the refurbishment of the retail store and installation of the ANZAC Centenary Commemorative Exhibition Of Peace and War. It will reopen at 10am Wednesday, March 25.

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11 Mar 15 Minimum $3 million annual commitment to seal Coast gravel roads

Sunshine Coast Council is continuing its proactive approach to the region’s gravel roads by developing a 20-year plan to prioritise roads for sealing and committing at least $3 million for each year.

Place Management and Delivery portfolio Councillor Greg Rogerson said the Unsealed .....(more details)

10 Mar 15 World renowned stars set to entertain the Sunshine Coast

The Fabulous Singlettes will sing up a storm at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre on April 2 at 7:30pm.

If you loved the hit musical sensation that was Hairspray, then you will be sure to enjoy all the fun and light-hearted entertainment that The Fab.....(more details)


10 Mar 15 Our high-maintenance region gets plenty of TLC

Every year Sunshine Coast Council maintains hundreds of hectares of gardens, collects and recycles hundreds of tonnes of waste and resurfaces extensive sections of its 1770km sealed road network.

That’s just a glimpse at the day-to-day infrastructure w.....(more details)

10 Mar 15 Summit to address the concerns of young people

Mayor Mark Jamieson officially welcomed 100 young people attending the 2015 Sunshine Coast Youth Summit at the University of the Sunshine Coast today and tomorrow (March 10 and 11).

Mayor Jamieson said the Summit is the only event of its kind on the Sunshine Coast which allows young peopl.....(more details)

09 Mar 15 Environment Levy funds $8000 towards new photographic award

Keen photographers are invited to enter the Inaugural Sunshine Coast Landscape and Wildlife Photography competition with a total prize pool of $9,500.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Cr Jenny McKay said in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Co.....(more details)

09 Mar 15 Future Diamonds add sparkle to coast economy

As Australian netball’s future forces try to shine like Diamonds on the Sunshine Coast next week, they’ll also be adding sparkle to the local economy.

Around 540 players, parents and officials will roll into our region from Sunday for th.....(more details)

06 Mar 15 Jetstar announces extra Sydney and Melbourne flights to Sunshine Coast

Jetstar support for the Sunshine Coast market continues to grow with the airline announcing it will add extra Sydney and Melbourne flights over Easter.

Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot has welcomed Jetstar’s .....(more details)

06 Mar 15 NY artist’s interactive wings take flight

Ten hours, 40 paint pens, three interviews, one panel discussion and a glass of champagne to celebrate!

This is what high profile New York City artist Kelsey Montague packed into one day while completing the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful interactive wings called #whatliftsyou.

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05 Mar 15 Flood mapping updates quickly tested

Updates to Sunshine Coast Council’s Disaster Management flood mapping and maintenance of the telemetry-based flood warning system, highlighted in the December 2014 quarterly report, were quickly tested during recent weather events.

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05 Mar 15 Show goes on for Ball Park Music at Lake Kawana Community Centre

Due to the recent severe weather event, Australia’s favourite Indie-pop-rock band Ball Park Music rescheduled their show at Sunshine Coast Council’s Lake Kawana Community Centre to 7pm on Saturday, March 28.

This is Ball Park Music’s only show on the Sunshine Coast and a.....(more details)

05 Mar 15 Nominations sought to help conserve the region’s cultural heritage

Do you want to contribute to conserving and celebrating our cultural heritage?

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said nominations are invited for membership of the Sunshine Coast Cultural Heritage Reference Group (SCHRG).

“The Council endorsed Reference Gro.....(more details)

04 Mar 15 A positive health check for employment

Sunshine Coast Council’s support for investment within the Kawana Health Campus has yielded major positives for employment during the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

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04 Mar 15 Learn how to make your marketing memorable

Business people from across the Coast are invited to attend the Five-0-Five Drinks networking event this Friday, March 6 from 5.05pm to 7pm at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre.

Each month, the Five-O-Five Drinks networking event focusses on a dif.....(more details)


03 Mar 15 Brakes on around Brightwater

Navigating around the thriving community of Brightwater is now a drive in the park following a recent review and upgrade of local road signage.

Sunshine Coast Division 6 Councillor Christian Dickson said installation of community facility name signs at several entry points to the estate a.....(more details)

03 Mar 15 An opportunity to align your brand with national art prize

Sunshine Coast Council today announced a unique opportunity for companies to align their brand with the highly coveted 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize – the prestigious art competition that attracts entries from across Australia.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay sai.....(more details)

03 Mar 15 Economic strides taken at home and abroad

A blueprint for the future of the region’s economy and improvements to export capabilities are among the highlights for Sunshine Coast Council for the second quarter of the 2014/15 financial year.

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03 Mar 15 Help shape the future of arts funding on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Council is undertaking a review of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program and you are invited to have your say.

And it’s easy to do – simply complete the short on.....(more details)

03 Mar 15 Success of Suppliers Forum spells future events

More than 330 business owners and operators attended Sunshine Coast Council’s first Suppliers Forum last week, prompting plans for future forums to keep the local business community up to date with construction opportunities.

Economic Development portfolio councillor Steve Robinson .....(more details)

02 Mar 15 Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2015 entries now open

Nation-wide entries are now being sought for the prestigious 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, offering combined prizes in excess of $125,000.

Now in its tenth year, the Sunshine Coast Art Prize has achieved national acclaim for its annual representation of contemporary Australian art and of.....(more details)

02 Mar 15 Help shape the future of the Coolum Library

Make sure you have your say on draft concept floor plans which outline potential opportunities for extending Council’s Coolum Library.

Division 9 Councillor Stephen Robinson said the Sunshine Coast Libraries Plan 2014-2024 recommended Council .....(more details)

Last Updated 27-Mar-15