50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast Program
  • Last updated:
  • 24 Nov 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 making up the Anniversary program. With 2017 coming to a close there are only a handful of events remaining so make sure you join the final celebrations




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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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.