It’s Christmas in July for the Sunshine Coast community
  • Wednesday 16 July 2014

Sunshine Coast Council will move into the role of major sponsor when it hands the community the leading reins to two of the Coast’s much-loved Christmas Carols this year.

Community Programs Portfolio Chair, Councillor Jenny McKay today announced that the Carols at Cotton Tree and Carols on Kings community events will now be delivered by local organisation, Calvary Christian Church, to encourage the successful events to continue to cater for a growing community.

“Earlier this year, Council sought registrations of interest from local based not-for-profit organisations to produce the Cotton Tree and Kings Beach traditional carols events - with Council as a major sponsor,” Cr McKay said.

Local representative for Cotton Tree, Councillor Jason O’Pray (Division 8) said Council’s new approach will see a much greater community role in staging our festive events.

“In the hands of these experienced, passionate and committed event organisers these events will continue to grow and be enhanced,” Cr O’Pray said.

Councillor representing Division 2 Tim Dwyer said the successful event organiser, Calvary Christian Church, is community-focussed and highly experienced with outdoor events.

“They have a regional outlook and are eager to involve the community when presenting the Carols on Kings event which is held at the beautiful Kings Beach location,” Cr Dwyer said.

Pastor James McPherson said Calvary Christian Church was incredibly excited at the opportunity to facilitate carols events in Cotton Tree and at Caloundra. 

“Carol events are unique opportunities to bring people together from right across the community. They create wonderful family memories and encourage those who perhaps have struggled through the year to stay positive and to hope for a better tomorrow,” Pastor James said.

“The Christmas message is one of hope and goodwill toward all people and we want the carols celebrations to reflect that. The carols events will feature the best talent from across the region, but more than that, they will provide everyone with the chance to join in the Christmas celebration.

“The other unique opportunity we have is to showcase the Sunshine Coast community at a time when the region is hosting holiday makers from all over Australia. Public events like Carols can help visitors to see that our region has not only the best beaches in the nation but also the most wonderful community spirit. This is not just a great place to holiday, it’s a wonderful place in which to live and to raise a family.”

At its Ordinary Meeting in January 2014, Council also resolved to approach the organisers of identified, high profile, established community Christmas Carol events to offer sponsorship arrangements.

Coolum Christmas in the Park, Glasshouse Country Community Carols and Nambour Community Carols will also benefit from Council sponsorship.

Division 1 Councillor Rick Baberowski said it’s exciting to see this Council support which will lift the quality and profile of regionally significant festive events which includes the Glasshouse Country Carols in Beerwah.

Division 9 Councillor, Steven Robinson said community festive events, such as the Coolum Christmas in the Park, are highly valued by Council and this level of support reinforces that message.

Divisional representative for the Nambour Community Carols, Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said Council recognises and supports the community in delivering these valued festive events.

Councillor Jenny McKay said Council intends to form strong partnerships with the community and develop the capacity for these groups to grow their events, attracting new audiences.

“The new approach reflects extensive community and Council consultation undertaken over the past two years and will be continually reviewed to ensure the Sunshine Cost remains a place of family-focussed, free celebrations during this special time of the year,” Cr McKay said.

Sunshine Coast Council promotes and supports over 50 community carols events and provides funding through the Community Grants Festive Season category – entries open August 1 and close September 15.