‘Sunshine Coast’ turns 50 in 2017
  • Thursday 26 February 2015

Sunshine Coast residents and visitors will have a once in a life-time opportunity to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the naming of Sunshine Coast in 2017 and Council is preparing to mark the significant milestone.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said it was half a century since the “Sunshine Coast” was formalised as the region’s name following agreement by the former Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa councils.

“Today, Council agreed that the 50th celebration will go ahead and that the official Queensland Government Gazettal date of August 1, 1967 – will be the cornerstone of any program of celebration,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“While we need to determine the appropriate scale and scope of celebrations to commemorate this occasion in 2017, the community will be an integral part of the celebrations.”

As a highlight of the anniversary year, Council will be looking for current residents born on the Sunshine Coast on August 1, 1967 to feature prominently as the “faces of 50” of the celebrations.

“The planning stage for a fully developed program of activities would require a proactive and targeted partnership program to ensure a region-wide commitment to the project in advance," he said.

“I am confident this will be a fantastic opportunity which will garner both business and community support.

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the 50th anniversary offered an opportunity for the community to celebrate its history.
“It is a great chance to celebrate our sporting, cultural, business and industry heroes,” Cr O’Pray said.

“The anniversary also represents a unique occasion to schedule and leverage activities that promote the Sunshine Coast’s quality tourism, leisure, sporting and event experiences,  founded on the region’s beaches and waterways, scenic hinterland and national parks.

“Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd and the Sunshine Coast Events Board will also have a potential role to play as will the local community and sporting organisations, businesses, tourism and event operators, creative industries and our neighbouring council."