50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast
  • Last updated:
  • 11 Dec 2017

Officially commemorated on 1 August 2017, 50 years after the name the Sunshine Coast was officially endorsed by the Minister for Lands, Alan Fletcher. This exciting milestone year is a celebration and commemoration of the people, places and events that have shaped and defined the Sunshine Coast. 

To mark the occasion Council announced a one-off, $150,000, Community Grants program for new and existing non-council events and projects which celebrate our identity, engage our community and celebrate our history and our future.

Council received an overwhelming 123 applications across 3 rounds, resulting in 57 funded events or projects. With 2017 coming to a close there are only a handful of events remaining so make sure you join the final celebrations




50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast Guinness World Record Attempt

Sunshine Coast Council is calling on locals and visitors to secure a place in history by signing their names on a giant anniversary cared in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record. 

The 2.4 meters high by 3.6 meters wide card will feature at the New Year's Eve celebrations in Mooloolaba, marking the finale to a year-long 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast celebrations. 

Every person who signs the card will take us one step closer to setting the world record for the most contributions to a greeting card. 

The current record is 16,797 signatures, achieved by the National Memorial Arboretum (UK) and council is aiming for 18,000. 

Those unable to attend New Year's Eve in Mooloolaba will be able to make their contribution by signing online.

The card will also be on display for signing at the below council locations (business hours only.)

You can get further involved and volunteer with the team as either a card steward encouraging others to sign the card or be an independent witness, verifying the rules. Email the project team at for more information. 

Card Locations 

Date Location
5 - 13 December 2017 

Nambour reception

Cnr Currie St & Bury St, Nambour

15 - 29 December 2017

Caloundra reception

1 Omrah Ave, Caloundra

31 December 2017 (4pm - 8.30pm)

New Year's Eve Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba Esplanade

Share the celebration and encourage your friends, family and colleagues to be involved. 


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.

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

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