Council and community name new CBD streets

The Sunshine Coast’s rich and diverse history and its prospects for the future have helped to shape the first set of street names for the Maroochydore city centre, which were unveiled today.

Mayor Mark Jamieson revealed the new street names onsite, with many of the names chosen likely to be easily recognisable to our residents.

The full list of street names for Stage 1 of the Maroochydore city centre are:
• Festival Parade
• Lightning Lane
• Future Way
• Sunshine Coast Parade
• Mundoo Boulevard
• Gaba Lane
• South Sea Islander Way
• Market Lane
• Fairway Drive
• Red Bill Lane
• First Avenue
Mayor Jamieson said the announcement was a key milestone with the layout of the first stage of the Maroochydore city centre development now taking shape.

“The Maroochydore city centre is a landmark project for the Sunshine Coast, with new streets, cycle paths, walkways and an urban square all underway, providing a civic heart for our region,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“It is exciting to see the extent of work underway on site.
“With extensive networks of underground infrastructure now installed, there is no doubt that momentum is building around this ground-breaking project.

“The unveiling of the network of new street names within stage 1 is another step towards bringing to life our vision for Australia’s only greenfield CBD at this time.

“The Maroochydore City Centre development is helping shape the Sunshine Coast's future and continues to support our vision, as we focus on delivering Australia’s leading healthy, smart and creative region – for today and for future generations.”

Divisional councillor John Connolly said council had worked closely with a number of key community stakeholders to create a list of suitable names that would complement one another and help tell the Sunshine Coast story for decades to come.

“The street names recognise the Kabi Kabi peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land and the contribution of the South Sea Islanders, while also paying tribute to the recent history of the site and what it will represent in the future,” Cr Connolly said
“Fairway Drive acknowledges the site was the home of the former Horton Park Golf Course, while Sunshine Coast Parade acknowledges the recent 50 year commemoration of the naming of our region.

“Likewise, Future Way reflects the city centre’s future prospects, while Festival Parade reflects the celebration, creativity and events which will all take place in our new CBD.

“And how could we go past Lightning Lane – a name which reflects both the energy of the new city centre and celebrates our region’s first national sporting team.
“There’s a story behind every name and we are proud that we have been able to tell those stories through our CBD’s street signs.”

Construction of the first buildings on site is expected to start later this year.

Name Rationale
Sunshine Coast Parade An acknowledgement of the 50 year commemoration of the naming of the Sunshine Coast region.

Mundoo Boulevard Acknowledgement of Kabi Kabi people. Mundoo is the Kabi Kabi word for spine/bone and ridge, bringing together geology, movement and cultures. It also speaks of the first bones of a strong skeleton for a new city, with the park-lined boulevard being a preeminent roadway within the development.

Festival Parade Reflects the prospective characteristic of this part of the precinct – one of celebration, creativity and events.

Lightning Lane Reflects both the energy of the new city centre and also celebrates the establishment of the region’s first national sporting team being the Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team.

Future Way Reflects the city centre’s future prospects and that the expanded Maroochydore city centre is a key part of the region’s future.

Gaba Lane Acknowledgement of Kabi Kabi people, with Gaba as the Kabi Kabi word for the small, brown native bee and its honey. Name suggests of the idea of a hive, of living together in a community.

South Sea Islander Way An acknowledgement of the contribution of the South Sea Islanders across the Sunshine Coast.

Market Lane Reflects the location in the heart of the commercial / business precinct.

Fairway Drive An acknowledgement to the former Horton Park Golf Course.

Red Bill Lane
The red billed black swan Maru-Kutchi in Kabi Kabi language, is an iconic bird of this local area as reflected in the naming of Maroochydore

First Avenue
Provides continuity for the existing First Avenue, connecting the old with the new across the Maroochydore precinct

Ten new playgrounds and two basketball courts open for holiday fun

If you’re looking for a new playground to take the kids these school holidays you’re not short of options, with 10 Sunshine Coast playgrounds recently refreshed with modern new equipment.

Two basketball half courts have been also upgraded in time for the community to enjoy over the summer break.

The playgrounds with new equipment are at:
• Nelson Park, Alexandra Headland
• Sam Bowda Park, Bli Bli
• Casey Street Park, Bli Bli
• Silverwood Park, Burnside
• Glass House Mountains District Park, Glass House Mountains
• Keith Hill Park, Golden Beach
• Annie Drive Park, Peregian Springs
• Shelly Beach Park, Shelly Beach
• Saleng Park, Warana
• Roy Thompson Oval, Yandina

Basketball half courts at Monak Road, North Arm and Whistler Street, Bli Bli have been replaced with new concrete slabs, basketball hoops and line markings.

The playground at Glass House Mountains District Park, which is proving popular with residents from across the region, is a new addition to our region’s growing list of playgrounds and one of many facilities being constructed at the new park.

More playground upgrades are scheduled for 2018 – these improvements are just a few of many playground and recreational upgrades as part of council’s $237 million Capital Works Program

Clean Sunshine Coast beaches are in our hands

A new campaign has been launched by Sunshine Coast Council to encourage locals and holiday makers alike to show their love of the region’s iconic local beaches and waterways by disposing thoughtfully of litter.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said a survey of Sunshine Coast residents found that 96% of respondents think litter is a problem and are concerned about it.


Their reasons for concern ranged from impacts on the natural environment and wildlife to the effects on local tourism, and reduction of amenity in local neighbourhoods.

“Approximately 75% said they personally had never littered and 34% had participated in an organised clean-up effort in the past two years,” Cr McKay said.

“We were also very encouraged by results that found 96% of respondents have seen someone else clean up litter and 98% have cleaned up litter of their own accord.”

Cigarette butts, fast food packaging and beverage containers were some of the most common types of litter reported, while the most common locations included Mooloolaba, the Sunshine Motorway, Maroochydore and Kings Beach.

The findings of the survey helped to develop the new campaign which will be rolled out across the region over coming months and was produced in conjunction with local students at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Council will also participate in a free trial of a new solar-powered, compacting bin on the Mooloolaba foreshore.

The smart bin has a sensor that triggers the compaction of rubbish to ensure the bin does not overflow during the busy holiday period.

“We will be conducting a free trial of this auto-compacting, solar-powered bin for the next six months, before assessing its suitability for other areas,” Cr McKay said.

“We are also trialling sensor technology in many busy streets and parks to identify how full bins are, helping council to reduce the likelihood of overflowing bins and unnecessary servicing of empty bins.

“We know that most local residents and visitors choose to live and holiday in this wonderful region to enjoy our natural environment, and in particularly during the summer months, our gorgeous beaches are a great place to relax with friends and family.

“We’re asking everyone to show just how much their love their favourite spots on the Coast by disposing of litter and rubbish in one of our 3000 public bins.

“We have so many amazing community volunteer groups who work tirelessly to help keep our communities clean and tidy, particularly our beaches during turtle season.

“We are putting the call out to the wider community to support those efforts and work with us to keep our region in pristine condition for all of us to enjoy.”

Blues coming to the Sunshine Coast

Carlton are the latest club to announce the Sunshine Coast as its AFL pre-season training venue in the hope to join the last five premiership teams who won the competition after holding their pre-season camp in the region.

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Cr Jason O’Pray said it was great to have the Blues join premiers Richmond, Western Bulldogs and Melbourne as clubs confirmed for camps prior to the 2018 season.

“Our region seems to have become a winning formula for professional football teams, with the last five AFL premiership winners all holding pre-season training camps on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr O’Pray said.

“The high quality sporting facilities we have in our region, along with great weather conditions provides a fantastic combination for professional sporting teams to prepare ahead of the start of their competition.

“These camps also provide our community with great economic and social benefits by contributing to the Sunshine Coast becoming known as a high-quality sporting destination and adding to the $440 million per year in economic activity the comes from the sports economy.”

Carlton Head of Football and former player Andrew McKay said the Blues were looking forward to heading to the Coast for the first time in several years for their pre-season training in December.

“In ideal weather conditions, it will be a week of hard work on the training track for our players and connecting with our supporter base in Queensland,” Mr McKay said

Carlton will be on the Coast for one week in mid-December, with details of a community open session still to be confirmed.

Along with Carlton, Sunshine Coast will also host pre-season training camps for the 2017 premiers the Richmond Tigers, Western Bulldogs and Melbourne football clubs as they prepare for the 2018 competition.

Nominate a local hero for a Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award

If you know a person, community group or organisation making a difference to life on the Coast, give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award.

Mayor Mark Jamieson launched the awards today, (September 15) encouraging residents to nominate a local hero.
“In 2018, we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Over the past decade we have been able to recognise and honour an outstanding list of winners from a wide cross-section of our community – and I’m sure 2018 will be no different.

“You don’t have to be famous to be nominated for our Australia Day Awards, we’re looking for the unsung heroes.

“The person may be young or old, have achieved something truly special, it may have been a brave act, an act of unparalleled kindness, or an act of sacrifice for a greater good.
“We need to think about those who have made a difference to us all here on our Sunshine Coast and then we need to nominate them for a 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award.”

If you know a person, community group or organisation worthy of an award, nominate them now in one of the following categories:

• Citizen of the Year, sponsored by 7 News Sunshine Coast
• Young Citizen of the Year, sponsored by USC
• Senior Citizen on the Year, sponsored by Maroochy RSL
• Community – Group or Organisation, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Daily
• Environment, sponsored by Living Smart Sunshine Coast
• Creative, sponsored by TAFE Queensland East Coast
• Sport and Recreation, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.

Nominations close on December 4, 2017. You can nominate online via council’s website.

For more information visit council’s website or email

Get set for 10 days of arts-fuelled enjoyment

Hundreds of dedicated artists, producers, organisers, event managers, curators, workers and volunteers have come together to bring a 10-day extravaganza of arts and culture to the Sunshine Coast starting tomorrow (Friday, August 25).

To complement the program’s local flavour, the Horizon Festival will launch tomorrow night with the opening spectacle and Australian premiere of internationally renowned William Close and the Earth Harp Collective at Kings Beach Amphitheatre, with two shows at 6pm and 8pm.
Again broadening our local Horizon, Architects of Air’s Arboria luminarium opens its door tomorrow, thanks to USC and Insite Arts. If you missed out on the first release of free tickets to this experiential public art installation, don't stress, free walk-up tickets will be available each day.

Experience our regional artistic talent at Eumundi which will come to life with three days of music, street art, spoken word, epicurean delights, digital animations and indigenous celebrations as a part of Art St Eumundi this Friday to Sunday. Saturday night will see the Eumundi Amphitheatre rocking with the iconic School of Rock.

Maroochy Music & Vis Arts Festival will make its third trip around the sun on Saturday at the old Horton Park golf course in Maroochydore, with a stacked line-up of talent, including Alison Wonderland, Bernard Fanning, The Presets, Gang of Youths and more. Visual artists Lucas Salton and Bonnie Jenkins and street artist Beastman and Frank (of Frank and MIMI) will join the fray

Don’t miss side-splitting comedy this Friday with Akmal at The Shed at Downunder Drive, while on Saturday there’s opera in Buderim, with The Secret Life of Opera and the Modern Maori Quartet will share their Kiwi humour and heavenly harmonies at the Kia Ora Club in Eumundi on Saturday night.

If you’re in Caloundra on Saturday night, put on your platforms, dust off the flares and head to Kings Beach Amphitheatre for Music on Kings Love Train. Enjoy fabulous hits of the 60s and 70s in an all singing, all dancing Motown, soul and disco spectacular.

Horizon Underground also gets underway in Nambour with A Day at C-Square and Hey-Lowe Festival on Saturday, plus the Dying to Know exhibition, Nambour Heritage Soundtrail and performances and workshops at the Black Box Theatre, including Wounded in all the Right Places (18+), Play with Improvisation and MANIA (18+).

There are more than 200 events, many of them free, to enjoy over the 10 days of Horizon. Some are already booked or sold out, so check out the website now and plan your festival.
Horizon is proudly presented by Sunshine Coast Council and supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland.

Horizon is supported by USC, SunCentral, Youi, Telstra, APN Outdoor, 92.7 MixFM, SeaFM, Sunshine Coast Daily, Audi Centre Sunshine Coast and The Sebel Hotels.

Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group

Expressions of interest now open for Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group
Local residents, environment groups, indigenous and community representatives can now register their interest in joining a consultation group on the proposed options for the Maroochy River entrance.

Council last month resolved to form the Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group (MRECG) which will be led by an independent chair with membership structured to ensure balanced regional representation.

Standing members of the group will include representatives from: 

  • State Government agencies; 
  • The Maroochydore Chamber of Commerce;
  • The University of the Sunshine Coast and 
  • Surf Live Saving Queensland.

In addition, up to three representatives from estuary interest groups, including local surf clubs, environmental groups and Indigenous community representatives, and three community representatives from across the Sunshine Coast will be appointed to the group.

These non-standing members will be sourced via an expression of interest process.
Full details about the community consultation process, the Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group, including the group charter and expression of interest forms are now available on the “community engagement” section of council’s website.

Expressions of interest can be submitted by close of business Monday, May 22.

Advice from the Maroochy River Estuary Consultation Group and previous correspondence will be presented, along with direct community feedback, in a report to council in December 2017.

Council supports sporting clubs from the ground up

Applications are now open for Sunshine Coast Council’s Sports Field Maintenance Funding Program, which helps eligible sporting groups keep their sports fields in tip-top shape.

Through the program, council provides eligible sporting groups with up to three years funding as a contribution towards the cost of sports field maintenance.

Council also partners with successful applicants to ensure their sports fields are maintained to competition level by providing the services and advice of a council parks officer.

Applications open today, Monday, March 27 and close at midnight on Monday, May 8. 

Visit council’s website for more information and a copy of the guidelines.

Please contact the grants team on 5420 8616 to check eligibility and find out how to apply online.

Please note, organisations operating on specialised, exclusive and/or restricted access areas are not eligible for this program. This includes groups such as lawn bowls, tennis, croquet, archery, car club fields and golf clubs.