50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast Program
  • Last updated:
  • 17 Mar 2017

The 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast will be officially commemorated on August 1 2017.

In the 50th Anniversary year we plan to celebrate our identity, engage our community and showcase our history and future. In this exciting milestone year we’ll also celebrate and commemorate the people that have shaped and defined the Sunshine Coast.



The name ‘Sunshine Coast’ was launched in December 1958 at the inaugural dinner of the Sunshine Coast Branch of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, held at the Hotel Caloundra. The Branch had begun a drive to popularise and obtain recognition for the name, to replace the term ‘Near North Coast’, which was not considered distinct enough, and had ‘no significance for southerners.’

The name ‘Sunshine Coast’ was officially endorsed by the then Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa councils in November, 1966 when it was agreed to utilise the name to cover the three Shires. The name tied in with the decision to also form the Sunshine Coast Promotion Bureau to promote the district covered by the three Shires. It gave the district ‘a great start in developing a tourist industry’; ‘Sunshine’, signifying ‘brightness and warmth’ (and providing a different but complementary attraction to the Gold Coast).

 A “Notification of Decision to Adopt a Place Name” under the Queensland Place Names Act of 1958 appeared in the Queensland Government Gazette in July 1967. The name was endorsed by the Minister for Lands, Alan Fletcher, who advised that the decision would take effect from 1 August 1967.

Calendar of Events 

Council has planned celebrations throughout 2017 to mark this historic occasion. There is a calendar of events and activities happening throughout the year that will be continually updated, so remember to check back.

Fond Memories

Throughout 2017 we invite our community to share their ‘Fond Memories’ of the Sunshine Coast. The Memory Mobile will be moving around the Sunshine Coast, dates and locations will be available on the calendar of events and activities, which will be continually updated.  Or feel free to share your favourite memories, photos, recollections and reminisces via email Selected memories will be shared on Council's website and Facebook page.

50th Anniversary Fund

The 50th Anniversary Fund

is a new, one-off Community Grants program for new and existing non-council events, projects, programs. It has been developed especially for the 50th anniversary year. Applications for the second round are now open and will close Friday 19 May 2017.

Feel free to feedback

We welcome any input or feedback on the 50th Anniversary celebrations via email at