50 Years and still shining – the countdown to the Sunshine Coast’s big birthday is on.
  • Monday 01 August 2016
Mayor Jamieson at the 50th anniversary launch

The launch of a $150,000 grant program has kicked off the start of the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast celebrations which will be commemorated from August 1 next year.

While 2017 will mark half a century of people, places and events in the region since the Sunshine Coast officially received its name,  today’s launch of the 50th Anniversary Community Grants Program will ensure the celebration is one to remember.

The grants program and an exciting 50 years of the Coast photo competition were launched in retro style at the CBX, formerly the Hotel Caloundra - the location half a century ago where the Sunshine Coast Branch of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland coined the name “Sunshine Coast”.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said that the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast provided a number of imaginative and engaging opportunities for Sunshine Coast residents and community groups to celebrate the people, places and events that have contributed to the Coast’s story.

“Today marks the first of many opportunities that we’ll have between now and 31 December 2017 to reflect on the wonderful legacy of the Sunshine Coast,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The plan is for the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast to celebrate our identity and engage our community.

“And importantly it will also provide an opportunity to showcase our region to national and international audiences – from where we have come to where we are headed.

“A pivotal element of the celebration is the 50th Anniversary Community Grants Program which will provide grants, by application, to Sunshine Coast community groups for events and activities that support the 50th Anniversary and its legacy.

“We are living in an exciting time in the history of our Coast and 2017 will definitely be an opportunity to not only reflect but also anticipate what lies ahead.

“I encourage you to join council and be part of the celebrations.”

Applications open Monday, September 5 and are due by 5pm Monday, October 31 2016.

Information on and applications for the Grants Program are available at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/fifty.

A photographic competition for the Still Shining – Celebrating 50 Years 2017 heritage calendar, was also launched today.

The calendar will be produced to commemorate the 50th Anniversary.

Photography enthusiasts are invited to dig out their photo albums and cardboard boxes in search of their favourite 1960s photo of the Sunshine Coast for the chance to be featured in the Still Shining – Celebrating 50 Years 2017 heritage calendar.

Applications open Monday, August 1 with entries to be received by 5pm Monday, August 22.

Visit council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and search ‘heritage calendar’ for terms and conditions.