Sunshine Coast Open for Business
Coast shoppers, and visitors to the region, are about to get a lot more choice with the latest round of retail developments.
Kawana Shoppingworld and Sunshine Plaza are both currently undergoing redevelopment with new entertainment, retail and dining precincts in sight for the Birtinya Town Centre and Caloundra region. Read more
Council approves Brisbane Road renewal project
The development that is the subject of the approval will deliver a five-storey car park with 704 public parking bays, plus a retail component, a hotel, residential and retirement facilities. Read more
“Our Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan, produced with the help of the local community, will help ensure Mooloolaba is a world-class beachfront destination at Mooloolaba,” Cr Dickson said.
Solar Farm savings close to $1M
Mayor Mark Jamieson said the strong electricity generation from the farm during January allowed council to offset 129% of its total power consumption.
“It is very encouraging to see the solar farm is on track to exceed the targeted $22m in public savings over 30 years identified in the May 2016 business case." Read more
Road rehabilitation improves driving safety and journey quality on 200 local roads
Local Councillor Greg Rogerson said in 2017/18, council’s $18.7 million Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Program is delivering improvements to more than 200 local roads.
“This program is part of a 10-year $225 million investment by council to repair road failures, improve the road surface and renew line markings, ensuring residents and visitors have access to safe and high quality local roads,” Cr Rogerson said. Read more
Home Values Rise In QLD's Coastal Markets
World-class beaches, a sophisticated and laidback lifestyle, and the lure of affordability are drawing many interstate migrants—the majority from New South Wales—to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast.
Home values have surged nearly 7% on the Gold Coast and by more than 7% on the Sunshine Coast, according to the latest data from CoreLogic. Read more
The outcome of Sunshine Coast Council's workshop to discuss parking issues
“Our council is open to hearing alternative approaches to managing the implementation of the State Government’s verge parking law,” Major Jamieson said.
Sunshine Coast Council has committed to further investigations on the verge parking issue after an “open and candid discussion” at today’s workshop attended by a cross-section of the local community. Read more
New campaign to drive more visitors to the Sunshine Coast
Visit Sunshine Coast is working in conjunction with local tourism organisations and chambers of commerce to launch the second phase of the Come to Life marketing campaign, targeting the surrounding drive market in South-East Queensland and beyond.
“This campaign is a great way to partner with sub-regional groups to increase destination awareness and encourage visitor dispersal from the surrounding drive market,” Visit Sunshine Coast CEO Simon Latchford said. Read more
Peregian Springs community invited to comment on play space design
Council has developed a draft concept design for a multi-purpose play space to be located at Coolum Ridges Sports Complex at Ridgeview Drive.
The proposed design has incorporated the community’s priorities for the play space and includes multi-sports court, rebound wall, skate facilities, seating and shade trees.
Sunshine Coast on top for dwelling approvals
The region is outperforming all other regions with strong performance in both the residential and non-residential areas.
The Sunshine Coast had 574 dwellings approved during the month of September, an increase of 58.1 per cent from the 363 recorded the previous month.
Sunshine Coast remains top property market
Despite quarterly contractions, the Sunshine Coast remains one of the top performers in the Queensland market, according to the REIQ’s Queensland Market Monitor
report for the June quarter.
Market trends show characteristics of a market favouring vendors, with falling supply and increasing demand and also seeing a shortening of days on market from 54 days in May last year to 46 days in May this year and the second-smallest vendor discount, at just 3.7 per cent. Read more
RBA makes cash rate decision
The Reserve Bank of Australia has announced its official cash rate for October following its monthly board meeting.
Consistent with current industry predictions, the RBA has decided to keep the official cash rate at the record low of 1.50 per cent.
The last time the cash rate moved was in August 2016, where it ticked down 25 basis points. Read more
Sunshine Coast international visitors hit record high
Not only has the Sunshine Coast experienced its hottest winter on record, but it has broken another record and attracted the highest ever increase in international visitors with 296,000 arrivals visiting to the year ending June 2017, up 11.6% and contributing $249 million in visitor expenditure to the economy. Read more
Happy 50th Anniversary Sunshine Coast!
Today marks the official 50th Anniversary of the Naming of Sunshine Coast and celebrations are in full swing.
“It was exactly 50 years ago today that the words “Sunshine Coast” became our official name, taking over from the Near North Coast – and as everyone would agree it was a very wise decision by our forebears,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“Council has worked together with a wide range of passionate local community groups to produce a calendar of special and diverse 50th Anniversary celebration events and activities. Read more
Sunshine Coast Solar Farm goes live in Australian first
The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is now live and feeding electricity into the power grid, making Sunshine Coast Council the first local government in Australia to offset 100% of its electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source.
“We are the first council in Australia to build and operate a 15MW utility scale solar farm which will deliver $22 million in savings, after all costs, for our ratepayers over the next 30 years." said Mayor Mark Jamieson Read more
Increased Council Transport Levy to delivery Light Rail
This year the Transport Levy will move to $42, raising an estimated $5.7 million, taking the Transport Futures Fund to an estimated $9 million.
Sunshine Coast Council Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the $15 increase in the annual Transport Levy would go directly towards building the Transport Futures Fund to focus on delivering the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project. Read more
Mooloolaba foreshore moves to its next phase
The Mooloolaba foreshore area will move into its next phase with Sunshine Coast Council unveiling plans for a revitalised Mooloolaba foreshore and Esplanade precinct, part of the Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan.
More than 6200sq m of Mooloolaba foreshore parkland will eventually return to community use with a kiosk, an outdoor gym, a new amenities building, shaded picnic and barbecue facilities, a modern adventure playground and spacious grassy areas just some of the features we have to look forward to. Read more
2017 Vinnies Corporate & Community Sleepout Sunshine Coast
We have accepted the challenge to experience what it's like to be homeless for one night. On the night of 29 June 2017 we're going to sleep rough for the night to help raise awareness and important funds in support of homeless services in our region.
With your help we can fight the issue of homelessness together. Read more
Will the 'Aldi Effect' impact Sunshine Cove ?
Sunshine Cove property owners who have homes or investments near German budget supermarket Aldi could have very valuable homes on their hands.
According to a study conducted by mover and conveyance service My Home Move, the opening of a new Aldi branch has almost always sparked an incredible surge in the prices of nearby properties in the UK. Read more
$71.5 million dollar Sunshine Coast housing boost
The Sunshine Coast is set to share in a $1.8 billion housing investment by the Queensland Government, which will deliver more than 5,000 extra homes and thousands of jobs across the state in the next 10 years.
Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that under the Strategy, 243 social housing dwellings were scheduled to be built in the Sunshine Coast, at a cost of $71.5 million. Read more
Maroochydore CBD boosts regional jobs and economy
A 53 hectare greenfield site in the heart of Maroochydore, the capital of the Sunshine Coast, is being transformed into a city centre for the 21st century, offering unparalleled investment and development opportunities in Queensland’s thriving south-east corner.
The Maroochydore City centre is expected to service a wider catchment of over two million people by 2030. Read more
$18 million for Maroochydore Intersections Upgrade Project
More than $18 million will be invested in major intersection upgrades to provide greater access to the heart of the visionary Maroochydore City Centre community.
An agreement has been reached between the Palaszczuk Government to invest $12.6 million alongside $5.6 million from Sunshine Coast Council for vital intersection upgrades. Read more
Have your say on the Council's draft parking management plan
A draft framework to proactively manage car parking across the Sunshine Coast was unveiled today and residents are invited to have their say. Read more
Feedback received during the community consultation period will inform the final Sunshine Coast Council Parking Management Plan, which will then be presented to council for consideration.
Community feedback will close on Friday May 5, 2017.
Central Sunshine Coast tipped to BOOM !
According to a new report by Australia’s leading demographer Bernard Salt, The Activated City: Imagining the Sunshine Coast in 2040, 550,000 people will be living in the region by 2040, attracted by its entrepreneurial spirit, "hipster" culture and connectivity. Read more
Mr Salt said direct flights from Maroochydore into Asia, expected from the expanded Sunshine Coast Airport from 2020, would see the region become as connected to Asian markets as it was to the rest of the country.
Australia's first underground waste collection system - in Maroochydore !
The Sunshine Coast is again taking a nation leading position by unveiling Australia’s first, high-tech, automated waste collection system for a CBD, to be installed in the new Maroochydore City Centre.
Rather than using wheelie bins, waste will be transported from commercial buildings and apartments at up to 70kmh through a 6.5km system of underground vacuum pipes located beneath Australia’s newest city centre. Read more
New town square slated for Palmwoods
A new town square will soon create a green community space for people to gather in the heart of Palmwoods, adjacent to the Memorial Hall, with construction due to start later this month. Read more
To allow construction to be undertaken safely, Main Street will be temporarily converted to one way (heading south) between Margaret Street and the IGA.
Parklands Blvd set for rehabilitation
Parklands Blvd in Little Mountain is scheduled for around $400,000 of improvements, starting this week as part of council’s $23 million Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Program. Read more
A section of road pavement between Little Mountain Dr and Ivadale Blvd will be rehabilitated.
Construction to start on two skate park upgrades in April
Skaters, BMX riders and scooter riders will enjoy two improved facilities later this year, with construction on a major skate park upgrade at Alexandra Headland and minor works at Coolum due to start in late April. Read more
Construction is expected to be completed in November.
Coast secure during nationwide decline of new dwellings
Approvals for new dwellings remain steady on the Sunshine Coast despite a nationwide decline, according to council’s latest annual report. Read more
The report documents local development activity that took place in 2016 and demonstrates that development on the Coast continues to remain stable.
$445 million worth of building boosted by Birtinya boom
Birtinya’s construction activity is significantly contributing to the region’s overall construction boom, according to council’s building data which has revealed the region recorded its highest dollar value of construction for a December quarter since 2009. Read more
During the October to December 2016 quarter, the Sunshine Coast recorded a total building construction value of $455 million.
New bus network in motion for hospital opening
Additional routes, improved frequency and reduced fares are just some of the benefits to come as the Sunshine Coast gears up for the official opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH). Read more
From 23 January, bus services will change for Sunshine Coast locals following the opening of the SCUH to staff.
Sold in 11 days for $40,000 more than the list price !
We sold this fantastic Buderim property for $40,000 more than the vendor's asking price, prior to the property being marketed on the internet ! Read more
The price agreement was reached with the buyer just seven days after the agency’s appointment and the home was sold in 11 days.
Sunshine Coast on track with smart city technology
Over the past 14 months, council has begun to implement its Smart City Framework in a bid to make it easier to live, work and do business in our region – and with a number of smart integrated technologies and initiatives already in place, it’s off to a great start. See what's next. Read more
Council's draft plan for 73km of scenic coastal pathway
Anyone who loves to walk, run or ride along the Sunshine Coast’s coastline should take a look at council’s Draft Coastal Pathway Master Plan and have their say on the proposed route.
Providing feedback on the draft master plan will also put you in the draw for prizes such as bike shop vouchers and restaurant vouchers for surf clubs along the Coastal Pathway route. Read more
Mooloolaba’s transformation gains clarity
Sunshine Coast Council’s vision to transform Mooloolaba into a world class beach destination has taken another step forward and the community is invited to have a say on future planning intentions for the popular tourist hub. Read more
“The Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan ... will deliver a world class beachfront destination at Mooloolaba,” Cr Dickson said
Summer of Surf ‘First National Real Estate Board Series’
The Summer of Surf 2016/2017 series kicked off today at Alexandra Headland, proudly hosted by Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club. A great crowd turned out to see Harriet Brown win the Women's Board, and Rhys Burrows take out the Men's Board in the First Round of the First National Real Estate Board Race.
Catch all the action on FOX Sports. Read more
More than 500 jobs on show ! Wed 19 Oct 2016
19 October 2016 | Wed 10:00am - 4:00pm | TAFE Queensland East Coast Mooloolaba Campus
If you’re looking for a job, a different job or even your first job, make a date with the Sunshine Coast JobShow on Wednesday October 19. The JobShow will bring together employers and prospective employees at the TAFE East Coast campus and offer everything from entry level to professional jobs as well as apprenticeships and traineeships across a wide range of industries. Job seekers can also upload their resumes now via the event website to have them matches against suitable available jobs. Read more
2016 Sunshine Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo
21-23 October 2016 | Fri & Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm | Kawana Sports Precinct
The Sunshine Coast Home Show & Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo at Bokarina next Friday to Sunday is expected to draw over 13,000 visitors during the three days.
The Sunshine Coast Home Show will host an extensive range of quality home and lifestyle products including building, renovating, green living, home improvements, homewares, kitchenware, electrical, pools, spas, finance, gardening and loads more.
Caravan, Camping and Boating lovers are also catered for with the Expo. Read more
Cash in on your clutter at the Garage Sale Trail - Sat 22 Oct 2016
Sunshine Coast households, schools and community groups will have the great chance to declutter and make some money at the same time by joining hundreds of thousands of people across the country on Saturday, October 22 as a part of the sixth annual Garage Sale Trail. Last year, Garage Sale Trail sellers on the Coast pocketed an average of $318 with total sales for the region on the day surpassing $61,000. Read more
New hotspots identified by Sunshine Coast council maps
Development and investment activity on the Sunshine Coast shows no signs of slowing down, according to the council's annual building approvals heat map.
Planning portfolio councillor Christian Dickson said the updated heat maps show building approvals are at the highest level they have been for seven years — and are a great gauge of ‘hotspots’ of activity. Read more
The AP&ES Games Torch is on it's way !
Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games: Sat 08 - Sat 15 October 2016 Like no other event on the Emergency Services calendar, the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games builds camaraderie and promotes a healthy life style through the participation in sport, while heightening the public's awareness of Police and Emergency Services. The games are conducted every second year at a new location which also provides competitors the opportunity to travel and enjoy a holiday at numerous locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Read more
Submissions open for Hackfest 2016
Here’s a great chance to be part of the Sunshine Coast’s Smart City and help our region become one of the most innovative and modern in the world.
After a successful inaugural event last year, Sunshine Coast Hackfest is back in 2016 as we link up community members keen to make a difference with coders, digital creatives, data analysts, story tellers and entrepreneurs to create apps, visualisations, websites and tools from government data sets. Read more
First National Mooloolaba & Maroochydore Prepares Community for Emergencies
First National Real Estate Mooloolaba & Maroochydore has signed up to support a major fundraising partnership that will benefit communities around Australia. The First National Foundation’s partnership with Red Cross involves First National’s 400 offices around Australia in raising money to support Red Cross Emergency Services. Red Cross Emergency Services offers a combination of information initiatives aimed at helping households and communities across Australia to prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of potential emergencies more effectively. Read more