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29 Jul 15 Fresh start, new opportunities

If this appeals to you and you are looking for work, then circle August 20 on your calendar and clear your schedule for The Sunshine Coast Job Show!

It’s the largest one-stop-shop of .....(more details)

29 Jul 15 Flying fox dispersal attempts on hold during breeding season

Flying fox dispersal attempts at Coolum Beach will cease for the breeding season after an independent expert confirmed visibly pregnant Flying-foxes have been found on site.

The animals have returned to the Elizabeth Street drain site following Sunshine Coast Council’s last non-le.....(more details)

28 Jul 15 Supporting local artists with new grants program

Sunshine Coast Council’s new Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) program is officially open for applications.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Queensland local councils and offers funding for the development of loca.....(more details)

28 Jul 15 New $1.2 million Eudlo bridge open to traffic

The first cars have christened Eudlo’s new $1.2 million bridge this week, with Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay and community representatives gathering for the official opening today.

Cr McKay said Sunshine Coast Council had constructed the new bridge to replace an old timber bri.....(more details)

28 Jul 15 Council strengthens the barriers at lake entrance

Each day this week, Sunshine Coast Council will be at the entrance to Lake Currimundi, working to protect the popular facilities close to the beach with the help of some heavy machinery.

A 30t excavator, two large dump tru.....(more details)

27 Jul 15 Half-yearly rates notices in the mail

Sunshine Coast Council half-yearly rates notices have started to arrive in letterboxes and email boxes for 130,000 properties.

Ratepayers with a waste service will receive a $16.91 carbon tax rebate after council agreed to refund more than $2 million in carbon tax charges.

Thi.....(more details)

24 Jul 15 Award puts Stuart on the trail to better business

‘Tell your business story’ – that’s the tip for local business owners from 2014 Sunshine Coast Business Awards winner Stuart Daniels.

The Managing Director for ‘Trailers 2000’ took home ‘Enterprise of the Year’ at last year’s gala aw.....(more details)

24 Jul 15 SSDicky moving to dry dock

On July 30, 122 years after it ran aground on the beach named after it, the visible remains of the SSDicky will begin their final journey.

Time and tide have taken such a toll on the wreck that in 2013 a Department of Environment and Heritage (EHP) inspection report elevated the case fo.....(more details)

24 Jul 15 Council supports sporting clubs at grass roots

Sunshine Coast Council kicks another goal for sports in the region with the announcement of the 2015 Sports Field Maintenance Program funding recipients.

Sports, Major Events and Tourism Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said the Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program was a fantastic i.....(more details)

24 Jul 15 scene event marketing workshop

Event marketing will be on the agenda at the Sunshine Coast Events Network (scene) educational workshop to be held at the Lake Kawana Community Centre from 1pm on Wednesday, August 12.

Open to everyone involved with events, Sunshine Coast Council’s scene program .....(more details)

23 Jul 15 Council endorses the Draft Nambour Activation Plan

The revitalisation of Nambour continued today with Sunshine Coast Council endorsing the draft Nambour Activation Plan for community comment.

Divisio.....(more details)

23 Jul 15 Council supports increased investment in The Events Centre Caloundra

Sunshine Coast Council today approved an injection of long-term capital works funding for its oldest and largest venue, The Events Centre Caloundra, to improve the experience for patrons and visiting artists.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said The Events Centre Caloundra, established .....(more details)

23 Jul 15 Birtinya Island master plan receives council tick of approval

A 32 hectare development at Birtinya has been recommended for State Government approval by Sunshine Coast Council today.

A range of residential uses and densities, complemented by open space and a commercial area are the foundations of the Birtinya Island Master Plan which includes 325 .....(more details)

22 Jul 15 Flying kangaroo bounds into the Sunshine Coast

It’s been more than a decade since Sunshine Coast Airport last welcomed the flying kangaroo, but that’s about to change, with Qantas announcing services between the Sunshine Coast and Sydney* six days a week from December 2015.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the 110.....(more details)

22 Jul 15 Hit the new Trail at Maleny

A special attraction for Maleny was officially opened today, giving residents and visitors the chance to get up-close to one of the Sunshine Coast’s most scenic areas.

Mayor Mark Jamieson, Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay and Member for Glasshouse Andrew Powell combined to cut th.....(more details)

22 Jul 15 All aboard the Maroochy River sunset eco-cruise

Locals are invited to hop aboard a sunset eco-cruise to learn more about the complex Flying-fox amidst the natural beauty of the Maroochy River this Monday, July 27 from 4.30 to 6.30pm.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Sunshine Coast Council would host the eco-crui.....(more details)

21 Jul 15 Pacific Pearl visit a gem for local business

As Pacific Pearl passengers soaked up the sights, sounds and flavours of the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, local businesses were also counting their blessings.

The P&O super liner’s day-long stopover off Mooloolaba brought 1,700 visitors ashore and a wave of business that was wa.....(more details)

21 Jul 15 A digital game-changer for the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Council plans to link the region directly to global communications systems in Asia, the Pacific and the United States. 

Mayor Mark Jamieson announced that council has lodged a submission with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to start the .....(more details)

21 Jul 15 Eumundi Range Road gets new $1.65 million concrete bridge

Construction of a new $1.65 million concrete bridge on Eumundi Range Road will start this month, with Sunshine Coast Council currently working on a temporary detour track.

Division 9 Cr Steve Robinson said the condition of the old bridge meant it could no longer be maintained economical.....(more details)

21 Jul 15 Celebrate Seniors Week at your library

With everything from how to become tech savvy to author talks on the latest best seller, Sunshine Coast Council libraries are the place to be during Seniors Week from August 15 to 23.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Council would acknowledge the vital role senio.....(more details)

20 Jul 15 Family Expo set to inspire families

The Sunny Coast Kids Family Expo is preparing to inspire local families again this year as it returns to Sunshine Coast Council’s Lake Kawana Community Centre on Saturday, September 12 from 9am to 3pm.

Last year, the event proved to be extremely popular with families flocking to e.....(more details)

17 Jul 15 Sydney Comedy Festival comedians find a nook in Nambour

There’s a buzz at Council’s Nambour Civic Centre as they prepare for a night of untamed comedy when the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase makes a pit stop on Friday, July 24 at 8pm.


For the third year in a row, Sunshine Coast locals will enjoy the crème.....(more details)

17 Jul 15 Sydney Comedy Festival comedians find a nook in Nambour

There’s a buzz at Council’s Nambour Civic Centre as they prepare for a night of untamed comedy when the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase makes a pit stop on Friday, July 24 at 8pm.

For the third year in a row, Sunshine Coast locals will enjoy the crème de la cr&eg.....(more details)

17 Jul 15 Cruise ship ahoy!

P&O cruise ship ‘Pacific Pearl’ is at now sea and bound for the Sunshine Coast!

With wind and swell forecasts looking favourable, the 64,000 tonne super liner is expected to drop anchor off Mooloolaba at around 8am tomorrow morning and begin ferrying its 1,800 passengers.....(more details)

17 Jul 15 Sunshine Coast Art Prize new media finalists’ artworks on display at Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival

Sixteen Sunshine Coast Art Prize New Media artworks have been selected to be showcased at the inaugural Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival on August 22.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the S.....(more details)

16 Jul 15 Only on the Coast are the blooms so bloomin’ wonderful

Each year the Sunshine Coast puts on a stunning display of wildflowers and council and the community are celebrating.

The Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival is on August 18 – 30 and features 18 events right across the Coast, including guided walks, art activities, workshops and ex.....(more details)

16 Jul 15 Forces to be reckoned with

The baton for economic strength on the Sunshine Coast has been passed on.

Some of the region’s best and brightest business people were this week inducted as leaders of the seven High-Value Industry Taskforces that were established last year as part of the Sunshine Coast Regional E.....(more details)

16 Jul 15 Council considers Buderim aged care facility development application

Sunshine Coast Council has received a development application for a 140 bed aged care facility at Buderim and is urging the community to await full information before making submissions.

The proposed development at 112 Burnett Street, Buderim exceeds Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme heigh.....(more details)

15 Jul 15 Toddlers help launch my first library card

More than 80 babies, toddlers and parents attended a teddy bears’ picnic to celebrate the launch of Sunshine Coast Council’s my first Library card today (July 15) at Kawana Library.

Council’s Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the new toddler libr.....(more details)

15 Jul 15 Mission to give health a helping hand

More than 40 percent of Australia’s biomedical research comes out of Melbourne – making it a hive of activity for networking and investment relocation opportunities.

To help build relationships and attract future health sector investment to the Sunshine Coast, Mayor Mark Jam.....(more details)

14 Jul 15 Sunshine Coast ready to ride new wave of tourism

A signature Sunshine Coast welcome awaits passengers from P&O cruise ship ‘Pacific Pearl’ when they arrive on our shores on Saturday.

The 64,000 tonne superliner is the first of four cruise ships that will make stopovers here this year and Acting Mayor Cr Chris Thompson .....(more details)

14 Jul 15 Narrow boating on the rivers of the United Kingdom

Travel enthusiasts are invited to head to Sunshine Coast Council’s Maroochydore Library on Thursday, July 30 at 5pm for a fascinating talk on narrow boating on the rivers of the United Kingdom. 

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13 Jul 15 Sunshine Coast Mayor welcomes State Government’s Advance Queensland announcement

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson has welcomed the State Government’s Advance Queensland announcements made ahead of tomorrow’s State budget.

Mayor Jamieson said the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s budget commitment towards a new initiative called “Start-up Quee.....(more details)

13 Jul 15 Ping pong hits Mudjimba

Fancy a game of ping pong?

Sunshine Coast Council has installed a table tennis table at Power Memorial Park, Mudjimba Esplanade.

Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray, who allocated divisional funding to construct the table, said it was the third table tennis table installed on th.....(more details)

10 Jul 15 Nambour road upgrade moves to next stage

The upgrade to Nambour’s Perwillowen and Windsor roads will move to the next phase from July 25, with the upgrade on track to significantly improve safety in one of Nambour’s highest traffic areas.

While Sunshine Coast Council will continue to minimise the disruption to moto.....(more details)

10 Jul 15 Good things grow from Garden Expo

Thousands of visitors and millions of dollars to the local economy – that’s what the Queensland Garden Expo brings to the Sunshine Coast.

Now in its 31st year at the Nambour Showgrounds, the highly popular council-sponsored event continues to grow. Tourism, Sport .....(more details)

10 Jul 15 Roald Dahl fairy tales burst to life on stage at Nambour Civic Centre

Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre presents Shake & Stir Theatre Company’s Revolting Rhymes and Dirty Beasts on Wednesday, September 9 at 11am and 6.30pm.

Based on the book by Roald Dahl and adapted by Shake & Stir Theatre Co, Revolting R.....(more details)

09 Jul 15 New pipeline helps beach renourishment efforts

In another step to ensuring the region’s waterways and beaches are protected, Sunshine Coast Council has extended the underground sand pipeline at Mooloolaba Beach to allow for improved sand renourishment.

Division 4 Councillor Chris Thompson said the 450mm-diameter pipeline now s.....(more details)

09 Jul 15 Safety first with no stopping zone on section of Kawana Way

Kawana Way, south of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital construction site, will become a no stopping zone to improve traffic flow and make the area safer.

Council will install yellow line markings on each side of the road .....(more details)

09 Jul 15 Calling all trivia buffs

Sunshine Coast Council invites trivia buffs to attend the Friends of Maroochydore Library Inc. Trivia Afternoon on Saturday, August 22 at 2pm.

Get together with family and friends to make up a table of six and enjoy a fun afternoon, exercise your brain and maybe win a prize. .....(more details)

09 Jul 15 The community invited to Qantas Wallabies open day at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Sunshine Coast Council has welcomed the Qantas Wallabies this week as they prepare for battle against the Springboks next week and start preparations for the World cup.

Coach Michael Cheika and the team have opened the doors to Sunshine Coast Stadium for an open training session tomorrow .....(more details)

08 Jul 15 Junior photographic workshop this Friday

This Friday July 10, under 18's can take part in a $5 photographic workshop and learn how to take great photos of Sunshine Coast animals, plants and landscapes.

Workshops will be held in and around the Arts and Ecology Centre at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens.

Participants .....(more details)

08 Jul 15 Waste forum plants some berry good ideas

If you’re a sucker for strawberries (and who isn’t?) you’re in for a treat, with a number of new niche products now in the pipeline as a result of last month’s strawberry waste forum at Beerwah.

The forum was facilitated by Sunshine Coast Council and the Queensla.....(more details)

08 Jul 15 Asia Pacific Cities Summit provides new ideas

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says Sunshine Coast Council has gained many new ideas and business leads out of its high-level participation in the 2015 Asia Pacific Cities Summit and Mayors’ Forum which concludes in Brisbane today.

Sunshine Coast Council was one of four major .....(more details)

08 Jul 15 Youth Buy, Swap and Sell Bazaar at Lake Kawana Community Centre postponed

The good news is teenagers have more time to register to participate in the Youth Buy, Swap and Sell Bazaar at Council’s Lake Kawana Community Centre which has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 16.

Have you ever wished for an opportunity to create unique items of jewellery, wo.....(more details)

08 Jul 15 Coast residents to celebrate becoming Australians during NAIDOC Week

More than 180 local residents will officially become Sunshine Coast’s newest Australian Citizens at a citizenship ceremony which coincides with NAIDOC Week at the Innovation Centre on Thursday, July 9 at 1.30pm.

Citizenship ceremony entertainment includes, Welcome to Country .....(more details)

07 Jul 15 There is no place like the Sunshine Coast

More than 180 local residents will officially become Sunshine Coast’s newest Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony which coincides with NAIDOC Week at the Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast on Thursday (July 9). 

Will Waters, formerly from the United Ki.....(more details)

07 Jul 15 Parks and reserves users to have their say

Sunshine Coast residents and visitors will give their views on the region’s public parks and environmental reserves when Council conducts a “Parkcheck” survey starting this week.

From July 9-16, brief surveys will conducted at random in a selection of the Coast’s p.....(more details)

06 Jul 15 Grants now open and help available to get that funding!

Did you know that your community group could be eligible for a minor grant of up to $2000 or a major grant of up to $30,000 under the Sunshine Coast Council’s Community Grants Program?

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

06 Jul 15 Council launches its Asia-Pacific Cities Summit exhibit

The colours of the Sunshine Coast – as selected by more than 1000 Coast students – feature in Sunshine Coast Council’s Asia Pacific Cities Summit exhibit, opened in Brisbane today by Mayor Mark Jamieson.

Sunshine Coast Council is one of four major partners in the Summi.....(more details)

03 Jul 15 The story behind one of Australia’s favourite bands

The untold story of iconic Australian folk/pop supergroup The Seekers will be unveiled in an incredible musical and visual production, starring founding member, Athol Guy, at Sunshine Coast Council’s Nambour Civic Centre on Thursday, July 23 at 7pm.

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03 Jul 15 Social Strategy ensures an even stronger Coast community

Mayor Mark Jamieson today launched the Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015, outlining Council’s social priorities to contribute to a stronger Sunshine Coast community.

Mayor Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast community would continue to thrive and enjoy a lifestyle that set the regi.....(more details)

03 Jul 15 Sunshine Coast front and centre at Asia Pacific Cities Summit

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson and a number of Councillors are set to join civic and business leaders from more than 100 cities across the Asia Pacific and beyond in Brisbane next week to promote the Sunshine Coast's business, trade and investment opportunities.

Sunshine Coast C.....(more details)

03 Jul 15 Cr McKay to open NAIDOC Week celebrations

Sunshine Coast Council will recognise the history, culture and achievements of the region’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with a flag raising ceremony to open NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay will join representatives of l.....(more details)

01 Jul 15 Light rail feasibility journey continues

Sunshine Coast Council has released the results of its light rail consultation held in late 2014, which indicated 87 per cent support for the current investigations into light rail.

The report details the outcomes of various questions incl.....(more details)

01 Jul 15 Amanda Parer appointed as Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2D judge

Australian artist Amanda Parer has been selected as the judge for the prestigious 2015 Sunshine Coast Art Prize Two Dimensional category.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Amanda’s involvement in the Art Prize was a real.....(more details)

01 Jul 15 Are we the best place in Australia…..

…For technology businesses to grow and prosper? We’ll have to wait until October 20 to find out. What is for certain though is that the Sunshine Coast rates among the top three regions in the nation for small and medium enterprise emerging technology companies.

The Australian.....(more details)

Last Updated 30-Jul-15