50th Anniversary – let’s get the party started!
  • Friday 27 January 2017
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50th Anniversary – let’s get the party started!

Celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast officially kicked off today with the announcement of the first round of the 50th Anniversary Fund grant recipients. 

Eighteen community groups have been awarded grants for a diverse range of activities which will form part of the 50th Anniversary program of celebrations.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the 50th Anniversary Fund was established to ensure there would be an engaging and exciting range of opportunities for the Sunshine Coast community to enjoy as the region celebrates the people, places and events that have contributed to the Coast’s story.

“We had an overwhelming response to the 50th Anniversary Fund with more than 30 local community groups applying to develop projects to be part of the celebrations,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“For this first round of grants from the 50th Anniversary Fund, we’ve been able to select a rich and diverse range of events, projects and activities which celebrate our history, lifestyle and local community.

“Community days, a street fair, outdoor movie night, art exhibitions, a commemorative cookbook, concerts, musical tributes, heritage exhibitions and an open cockpit weekend are just some of the local community activities that will be sponsored by the 50th Anniversary Fund.  

“This anniversary celebration is a great opportunity for us to showcase our history and future and celebrate our unique identity as a region.

“I encourage everyone in our community to take pride in this milestone for our region and enjoy and take part in the celebrations.”

More activities and events funded by Category B of the Anniversary Fund are currently being planned, with details to be released in March.

Category B grant recipients will receive up to $20,000, with events and activities to be held from August to December when the 50th Anniversary celebrations ramp up. 

Applications for the second round of Category A grants will open on Monday, March 6 and close on Friday, May 19.

Mayor Jamieson also invited Sunshine Coast residents to share their fond memories of the Sunshine Coast with the launch of the unique “50th Anniversary Memory Mobile”.

The mobile recording booth allows residents to record their personal connection and history with the Sunshine Coast, and will be located throughout the Sunshine Coast during the year.

Details of the Memory Mobile locations can be found on council’s website.

Residents are also invited to share their favourite memories, photos, recollections and reminisces via email fifty@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.  Selected memories will be shared throughout the year.

Further information on all 50th Anniversary activities and details of the grant recepients can be found at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/fifty