- Last updated:
- 07 Jun 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.
A full program has been planned to mark this historic occasion.
Songs of the Sunshine Coast Contest
As part of our 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast we are looking for a song that celebrates life here on the Coast.
If you're a singer-song writer, or in a band, we encourage you to enter our Songs of the Sunshine Coast Competition. Finalists will be previewed on ABC Sunshine Coast's Drive with Sheridan Stewart and the winners will have the chance to perform their song LIVE, as part of the Sunshine Coast Birthday Concert on Sunday 6th August!
There's an Open Category and a Youth Category for Under 18's. Entries close 26 June 2017.
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Share your 'Fond Memory' of the Sunshine Coast. The Memory Mobile will be moving around the Sunshine Coast, and will pop-up at selected events, this page will be updated regularly, please keep an eye out for a location near you. Selected stories will be shared on council's website and Facebook page.
Currently the Memory Mobile can be found at the:
Kawana Library 30 Nanyima Street, Buddina
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.
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.
Feel free to feedback
We welcome any input or feedback on the 50th Anniversary celebrations via email at email@example.com.