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Environment

An important part of Council’s role within the region is to maintain and enhance the region’s natural assets, liveability and environment credentials. Get involved in a range of conservation programs and initiatives or explore a range of options for sustainable living.

Educating students through the Kids in Action program to inspire future custodians and environmental leaders of our region

Environment levy

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Invasive plants and animals

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Get involved in conservation

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Trees, plants and gardens

Caring for our environment

Kirbys Road Environment Reserve looking south
Photo credit: Dr Ken Wishaw and Geoff Simon

Establishing a proposed Sunshine Coast Dark Sky Reserve

Council is commencing a phased community engagement process on a proposal to establish a Sunshine Coast Dark Sky Reserve through the International Dark Sky Places Program.

Sunshine Coast Biosphere

Sunshine Coast Biosphere

In our Sunshine Coast Biosphere, we celebrate people and nature.

Battery recycle wheelie bins

What to do with used batteries

Never bin your batteries – it only takes one to spark a fire. Find a drop off point near you.

Cracks in the ground indicate damage to the Moffat Beach Seawall - March 2022.

Moffat Beach seawall repair project

Protecting the community parklands, paths, roads and facilities from future climate change impacts.

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Planting a verge garden

Use these self-assessable criteria for residents wishing to enhance or beautify the road verge.

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Mosquitoes and biting midges

Learn how to protect yourself, your family, pets and home from mosquitoes and biting midges.

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Free trees

Ratepayers can collect two free trees per year from Council’s nursery.

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  • Educating students through the Kids in Action program to inspire future custodians and environmental leaders of our region

    Environment levy

    Find out about council's environment levy program.

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    Environment and Liveability Strategy

    Check out our environment and liveability strategy.

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    Road verge (nature strip) landscaping and maintenance

    Find out what you can and can't do on a road verge (nature strip) and who is responsible for maintaining this land

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    Trees, plants and gardens

    Find information on tree clearing and damaging vegetation and discover the Sunshine Coast's many beautiful plants

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    Native animals

    Discover the Sunshine Coast's diverse array of wildlife. Learn about the region's rare and threatened species

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    Invasive plants and animals

    Invasive plants and animals pose a significant threat to our natural areas and native animals, agriculture and production, human health and our way of life.

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    Sustainability and climate change

    Get involved in council's sustainable living programs: living smart and energy conservation. Find out what you can do to combat climate change.

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    Get involved in conservation

    Take part in one of council’s conservation programs to assist in protecting the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful natural environment.

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    Rivers and coast

    The Sunshine Coast prides itself on its natural environment – in countless ways the region's waterways are the source of economic, social and environmental wellbeing.

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    Bushland protection

    Council has a number of initiatives and strategies for managing the coast's environment that ensure the region remains pristine.

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    Education, resources and events

    Discover the three environmental education centres, environmental education programs for schools, the annual Wildflower Festival, a variety of fact sheets and articles and subscribe to the monthly newsletter Bush hands.

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    Sunshine Coast solar farm

    Find out about the Sunshine Coast solar farm including all the project details and view live power feed.

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    Environmental nuisances and pollution

    Council investigates environmental nuisance and pollution under the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

Environment news

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‘Tune into nature’ at immersive wetland experience

To commemorate the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem on July 26, Sunshine Coast Council and the University of the Sunshine Coast will partner to host ‘Tuning into Nature’.

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Rewild your backyard with this workshop series

Back by popular demand, The Backyard Series is proudly hosted by Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden and offers practical weekend workshops about how to create beautiful native gardens in any backyard.

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A new path for exciting hinterland-to-coast trail

The proposed Nambour to Coolum recreation trail will connect the hinterland to the coast and encourage even more people to head outdoors and enjoy our great environment.

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Restoring the rainforest one tree at a time

From July 8, the Environment Levy funded Landholder Environment Grants will open once again for expressions of interest for the 2024 funding round.

Restoring the rainforest one tree at a time