The Sunshine Coast Region is a local government area located in the Sunshine Coast region of South East Queensland, Australia.

Sunshine Coast Region
Location within South East Queensland
Coordinates26°37′0″S 152°57′0″E / 26.61667°S 152.95000°E / -26.61667; 152.95000 (Sunshine Coast Region)
Population351,424 (2021)[1] (9th)
 • Density155.91/km2 (403.81/sq mi)
Established16 March 2008
Area2,254 km2 (870.3 sq mi)[1]
MayorRosanna Natoli
Council seatNambour, Caloundra
RegionSouth East Queensland
State electorate(s)Buderim, Caloundra, Glass House, Kawana, Maroochydore, Nicklin, Ninderry
Federal division(s)Fairfax, Fisher, Wide Bay
WebsiteSunshine Coast Region
LGAs around Sunshine Coast Region:
Gympie Noosa Coral Sea
Somerset Sunshine Coast Region Coral Sea
Moreton Bay Moreton Bay Coral Sea

It was created by the amalgamation in 2008 of the City of Caloundra and the Shires of Maroochy and Noosa. It contains 4,194 kilometres (2,606 mi) of roads, 211 kilometres (131 mi) of coastline and a population of 351,424 in January 2021.[2] The budget for the 2020–2021 financial year totals A$782 million including $243 million for Capital Works.

On 1 January 2014, the Shire of Noosa was re-established independent of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

History edit

Gubbi Gubbi (Kabi Kabi, Cabbee, Carbi, Gabi Gabi) is an Australian Aboriginal language spoken on Gubbi Gubbi country. The Gubbi Gubbi language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the Sunshine Coast Region and Gympie Region, particularly the towns of Caloundra, Noosa Heads, Gympie and extending north towards Maryborough and south to Caboolture.[3]

Prior to 2008, the new Sunshine Coast Region was an entire area of three previous and distinct local government areas:

At the establishment of regional local government in Queensland on 11 November 1879 with the Divisional Boards Act 1879, most of the area was part of the Caboolture Division, while the northernmost part around Noosa was part of the Widgee Division centred on Gympie. The Maroochy Division split away from Caboolture on 5 July 1890. All three divisions became Shires on 31 July 1903 under the Local Authorities Act 1902.

In 1910, the Shire of Noosa split from Widgee, and on 22 February 1912 the Shire of Landsborough split from Caboolture.[4] The two new entities together with Maroochy were to remain fairly stable for almost 100 years.

On 19 December 1987, the Shire of Landsborough was granted City status, and was renamed the City of Caloundra,[5] reflecting the population boom in the coastal section of the City.

In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that the three local governments amalgamate. While it noted all three were "functioning councils with moderate to strong financial performance", it argued that they covered a self-contained region in a geographic, social and economic sense and that the advantages of coordinated planning in a high-growth area and the avoidance of duplication of facilities were arguments in favour of amalgamation. The councils opposed the amalgamation, and the Commission itself noted that the bulk of statewide individual submissions came from this region reflecting a "depth of feeling" regarding the issue.[6] On 15 March 2008, the City and two Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect twelve councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.

In the 2011 census, the Sunshine Coast Region had the 4th largest population of any local government area in Australia (following the City of Brisbane, City of Gold Coast and City of Moreton Bay).[7]

In 2012, a proposal was made to de-amalgamate the Shire of Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Region.[8] On 9 March 2013, Noosa residents voted to de-amalgamate Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Council.[9] On 18 March 2013, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council decided its new planning scheme should not apply to those areas that were part of the former Noosa Shire (different attitudes to planning and developments having been a major objection by residents of Noosa Shire to the amalgamation).[10] The Shire of Noosa Shire was re-established on 1 January 2014.[11][12]

Suburbs edit

Population edit

The populations given relate to the component entities prior to 2008. The 2016 census, did not include the Shire of Noosa's census figures.

Year Population
(Region total)
1933 23,438 4,752 12,918 5,768
1947 27,399 6,460 15,014 5,925
1954 31,930 7,765 17,869 6,296
1961 33,507 8,319 19,071 6,117
1966 36,926 8,798 21,455 6,673
1971 44,582 11,314 25,522 7,746
1976 63,073 16,982 35,266 10,825
1981 100,204 29,705 53,428 17,071
1986 118,443 36,486 61,629 20,328
1991 167,254 53,434 84,442 29,378
1996 219,305 66,336 111,798 41,171
2001 252,011 75,261 129,429 47,321
2006 293,902 90,341 151,599 51,962
2008 Caloundra, Maroochy, and Noosa amalgamated
2011 306,909
2014 Noosa deamalgamated
2016 294,367 52,129
2021 342,541 56,298

Industry edit

Map of Sunshine coast

The Sunshine Coast economy is dominated by two sectors – Healthcare (including age-care) and Retail, which provide 30% of the regional employment.[13] Other significant areas are accommodation and food services, education, construction, manufacturing and professional services.[13] Efforts are being made to diversify the regional economy by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.[14]

Local educational institutions, government and community groups have funded a number of initiatives to encourage entrepreneurial and innovative businesses to the area.[15] The University of the Sunshine Coast's Innovation Centre acts as an incubator startup companies, as does the Spark Bureau. The University site at Sippy Downs is designated as a 'Knowledge Hub' as part of the Queensland Government's South East Queensland Regional Infrastructure Plan and is master planned as Australia's first university town based on the UK models with the potential for over 6,000 workers in knowledge-based businesses.[16] Sippy Downs was highlighted as an 'Innovation Hotspot' in July 2010, by top European Business magazine CNBC Business, with the potential to be 'Australia's no-worries-answer to Silicon Valley'.[17]

Infrastructure edit

Education edit

The Sunshine Coast's major university is the University of the Sunshine Coast with its main campus at Sippy Downs. Central Queensland University also has a campus in Noosa. TAFE Queensland services the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay regions through TAFE East Coast, with three Sunshine Coast campuses at Mooloolaba, Maroochydore and Nambour as well as a Noosa campus.

The Sunshine Coast has many varied denomination, private and public primary and secondary schools (see List of schools in Sunshine Coast). The Lexis English group, providing English classes to international students, has a campus in Maroochydore, while Lexis TESOL Training Centres provides teacher training programs such as the Cambridge CELTA and TESOL.[18]

Libraries edit

The Sunshine Coast Regional Council operates libraries at Beerwah, Buddina (Kawana), Caloundra, Coolum Beach, Kenilworth, Maleny, Maroochydore and Nambour.[19] It also operates a mobile library service visiting Beerburrum, Bli Bli, Buderim, Caloundra West (Bellvista), Conondale, Eudlo, Eumundi, Glass House Mountains, Little Mountain, Montville, Mooloolah Valley, Mooloolaba (Parkhaven), Mount Coolum, Mountain Creek, Pacific Paradise, Palmwoods, Parklands, Peachester, Pelican Waters, Peregian Springs, Sippy Downs (Chancellor Park) and Yandina.[20]

Health edit

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital is the region's major hospital located in Birtinya, which opened in April 2017. The region's previous major hospital located in Nambour will be downsized and renovated, however it still operates as the coast's secondary hospital. Services remaining in Nambour General Hospital include emergency, cancer care, same-day and elective surgery, general medicine inpatient services, renal dialysis, outpatient services, medical imaging, pharmacy, diabetes services, oral health, allied health, mental health and breastcreen. There are smaller hospitals located in Caloundra and Maleny but, due to limited facilities at those hospitals, most cases are referred to the SCUH.

A number of private hospitals exist throughout the region, most notably the 'Sunshine Coast Private Hospital' at Buderim, Caloundra Private Hospital (formerly known as Andrea Ahern) at Caloundra, Selangor Hospital at Nambour, the recently established Kawana Private Hospital.

Transport edit

Road edit

The car is the predominant mode of transport for Sunshine Coast residents, with the region connected to Brisbane via the Bruce Highway. The Nicklin Way and Sunshine Motorway are the major arterial roads, which pass through most major areas of the Sunshine Coast. Many intercity and interstate coach operators also operate daily bus services to Brisbane using the major corridors.

Public transport edit

Sunshine Coast Sunbus services all the major centres on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is a growing region, and has a variety of transport modes including train, local bus services, ferry and the Sunshine Coast Airport. However, in recent years the local council has been looking at more reliant, high quality public transport options to create a 'transport spin' on the Sunshine Coast with the Maroochydore railway line and Sunshine Coast Light Rail proposed.


Flights from the Sunshine Coast depart from Sunshine Coast Airport, which is located 10 km (6.2 mi) north of Maroochydore in Marcoola, and fly direct to Sydney, Melbourne. Adelaide and Auckland with Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Qantas and Air New Zealand.


Queensland Rail's Sunshine Coast railway line operate interurban services daily, with most trains running express between Caboolture and Bowen Hills stations. The train lines run through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, with buses connecting to the coastal strip. Further north of the Nambour station, commuter trains operate to Gympie twice per day. Landsborough and Nambour railway stations also serve as a gateway to Queensland's network of long-distance trains, providing access to destinations including Rockhampton, Townsville and Cairns.


Bus services are operated by Kinetic Group, which operates under the Translink public transport system. These buses connect the suburbs and localities within the Caloundra, Maroochydore and Noosa areas. Sunshine Coast Council operates zero-fare bus services throughout the coast to surrounding suburbs and major park and ride stations during the peak summer holiday period.

Sport and recreation edit

Sunshine Coast Stadium is located at Kawana Waters and is home to the region's sporting teams in statewide competitions. The Sunshine Coast Falcons compete in the Queensland Cup rugby league competition while the Sunshine Coast Fire FC compete in the National Premier Leagues Queensland Football competition. The Sunshine Coast has numerous golf links, including Headland Golf Club (Buderim), Pelican Waters, Pacific Harbour, Twin Waters, Palmer Coolum Resort (previously Hyatt Regency Coolum), Mount Coolum, Beerwah, Maleny, Cooroy, Caloundra and Maroochy River. The Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre is located at Caloundra.[21]

Media edit

There are several newspapers which cover the Sunshine Coast region. Sunshine Coast Daily is published Monday to Saturday by APN News & Media. Free distribution weekly community newspapers published by APN include: Buderim Chronicle, Caloundra Weekly, Coolum & North Shore News, Kawana Weekly, Nambour Weekly, and Range News. Independent weekly newspapers include Glasshouse Country News and Hinterland Times.[22][23]

While much of traditional media has an online presence there has also arisen media organisations that are exclusively online. View News is one such organisation operating a news site for the Sunshine Coast concentrating on local news from the various Sunshine Coast communities.[citation needed]

Sunshine Coast is served by publicly owned television services (ABC TV), (SBS) Television and three commercial television stations (Seven Queensland, WIN Television and 10), which are the regional affiliates of the Seven, Nine and Ten network stations in Brisbane. Both sets of commercial stations are available throughout the Sunshine Coast. Other channels include 10 Bold, 10 Peach, 10 Shake, Sky News Regional (regional only), ABC TV Plus/ABC Kids, ABC Me, ABC News, SBS World Movies, SBS Viceland, SBS Food, NITV, SBS WorldWatch, 7two, 7mate, 7Bravo, 7flix, 9Gem, 9Go!, 9Rush & 9Life. The Sunshine Coast is also in the television broadcast licence areas of Brisbane (metro), enabling most areas of the Sunshine Coast to receive the commercial Brisbane stations.[citation needed] Subscription television services Foxtel and Austar are also available.

All three main commercial networks produce local news coverage – Seven Queensland and WIN Television both air 30-minute local news bulletins at 6pm each weeknight. Southern Cross 10 airs short news updates of 10 News First.

Seven's bulletin is produced and broadcast from studios in Maroochydore, from where six sister local news programs for regional Queensland also originate. WIN News is also produced from a newsroom in Maroochydore, but broadcasts from studios in Wollongong.

The Sunshine Coast region is served by commercial, community and government radio stations. Commercial stations 91.9 Sea FM and 92.7 Mix FM are owned and operated by the EON Broadcasting, one of Australia's last independent broadcasters. Rival commercial operator Grant Broadcasters runs 91.1 Hot FM and Zinc96. The Government-owned ABC services the region with 90.3 ABC Coast FM and ABC NewsRadio on 94.5 FM, Triple J on 89.5 FM and ABC Classic FM on 88.7 FM. Many community access stations, as well as some Brisbane stations, can also be received.

Sunshine Coast Council edit

Sunshine Coast Council
Deputy Mayor
Rick Baberowski
Council political groups
  LNP (2)
  Independent (8)
Last Council election
28 March 2020

The region is divided into 10 wards (divisions), each represented by one councillor, plus an elected mayor who represents the entire Region. The council is elected for a four-year term. A deputy mayor is selected by council, also for a four-year term.[24]

From the region's founding in 2008 to 31 December 2013, there were 12 divisions. Divisions 11 and 12 were abolished with the de-amalgamation of the Shire of Noosa.[25]

Current composition edit

The current council, elected in 2020, is:

Ward Councillor Party
Mayor   Mark Jamieson Independent
Division 1   Rick Baberowski Independent
Division 2   Terry Landsberg Independent LNP
Division 3   Peter Cox Independent
Division 4   Joe Natoli Independent
Division 5   Winston Johnston Independent
Division 6   Christian Dickson Independent
Division 7   Ted Hungerford Independent LNP
Division 8   Jason O'Pray Independent
Division 9   Maria Suarez Independent
Division 10   David Law Independent

Mayors edit

2008−present edit

No. Portrait Mayor Party Term start Term end Council control
1   Bob Abbot Independent 15 March 2008 28 April 2012 Independents majority
2   Mark Jamieson Independent 28 April 2012 incumbent

Deputy mayors edit

No. Portrait Mayor Party Term start Term end Mayor
1   Tim Dwyer Independent 2008 2012 Abbot
2   Chris Thompson Independent 2012 2016 Jamieson
(1)   Tim Dwyer Independent 2016 2020
4   Rick Baberowski Independent 2020 incumbent

Past councillors edit

2008−present edit

Year Div 1 Div 2 Div 3 Div 4 Div 5 Div 6 Div 7 Div 8 Div 9 Div 10 Div 11 Div 12
Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor Councillor
2008   Anna Grosskreutz (Ind.)   Tim Dwyer (Ind.)   Keryn Jones (Ind.)   Chris Thompson (Ind.)   Jenny McKay (Ind.)   Christian Dickson (Ind.)   Ted Hungerford (Ind. LNP)   Debbie Blumel (Ind.)   Vivien Griffin (Ind.)   Paul Tatton (Ind.)   Russell Green (Ind.)   Lew Brennan (Ind.)
2012   Rick Baberowski (Ind.)   Peter Cox (Ind.)   Jason O'Pray (Ind.)   Steve Robinson (Ind.)   Greg Rogerson (Ind.)   Tony Wellington (Ind.)
2014 10 wards (2014−present)
2016   John Connolly (Ind.)
2020   Terry Landsberg (Ind. LNP)   Joe Natoli (Ind.)   Winston Johnston (Ind.)   Maria Suarez (Ind.)   David Law (Ind.)

Australia Day Awards edit

Year Citizen of the Year Senior Citizen of the Year Young Citizen of the Year Community Creative Business Environment Sport and Recreation Notes
2009 Not Awarded Malcolm Graham Laura Monaghan Valerie Zwart Lisa Chandler Not Awarded Coolum District Coast Care Group Roger Newton [26]
2010 Not Awarded John Cooke Bianca Bond Dawn Wilson Ross Kerr
Tamsin Kerr
Donald McBryde Vernon Flood Kristy Ellis [26]
2011 Not Awarded Kevin Franzi (Kenilworth) Manuel Barth (Currimundi)
Nathanael Ford (Pomona)
Glenda Lloyd (Aroona) Cynthia Morgan (Caloundra) Amber Werchon (Alex Headlands) Leigh Warneminde (Yaroomba) Guy Tanner (Mudjimba) [26]
2012 Not Awarded Ruth Bode (Coolum Beach) Ashley Ogilvie (Glasshouse Mountains)
Ailish Bolt (Glasshouse Mountains)
Jessie Wen Jie Li (Maroochydore) Jacqui O'Connor (Caloundra) Ross Hopper (Maleny) Kerry Jones (Nambour) Gordon Howitt (Peachester) [26]
2013 Garry Church (Cooroy) Colin White (Aroona)
Esma Armstrong (Ninderry)
Adem Crosby (Buderim) Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring – STEMM (Nambour) Jean Sandell (Kenilworth) No Longer Awarded Noosa and District Landcare Group (Pomona) Leanne Hipwood (Sippy Downs) [26]
2014 David Dangerfield (Palmwoods) Greg McKean (Pelican Waters) Bindi Irwin (Beerwah)
Samara Welbourne (Buddina)
Queensland Air Museum (Caloundra) Steven McLeish (Landsborough) No Longer Awarded Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Inc. (Eumundi) Tim Sheridan (Bli Bli) [26]
2015 Chris Turner Prudence Cawley (Buderim) Sarah Morcom Police Citizens Youth Club – PCYC Ferre De Deyne No Longer Awarded Derek Foster &
Reef Check Australia
Julie Templeton (North Arm) [26]
2016 David Larkin Anne Wensley Brooke Pratt
Nathan Tessmann
Suncoast Community Legal Service Maria Salmon No Longer Awarded The Millington Family Marayke Jonkers [26]
2017 Julie Penlington George Farmer Jak Hardy


Innovation Centre, Sunshine Coast Robyn Ernst No Longer Awarded Rhondda Alexander Ron Grabbe [26]
2018 Bruce & Denise Morcombe (Woombye) Donald Moffatt Olivia Lindsday Daniel Morcombe Foundation Judy Pippen No Longer Awarded Wildlife Warriors (Beerwah) Sunshine Coast Lightning [26]
2019 Debra Knight David Woodrow Evie Marshall EndED Art on Cairncross No Longer Awarded Wildlife Volunteer Organisation & Junior Eco-Leaders of Coolum and Northshore Coast Care Maroochy Athletics Club [26]
2020 Mark Forbes Mark Skinner Ella Woodborne Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge Prof Jennifer Radbourne No Longer Awarded Ten Little Pieces Robert Angus

Brendan Powell & Scott Park


Sister cities and Friendship cities edit

As of March 2016, the Sunshine Coast Region has the following sister cities:[27]

As of March 2016, the Sunshine Coast Region has the following friendship cities:[27]

References edit

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  15. ^ "USC welcomes State Govt funding for innovation". Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  16. ^ Hoffman, Bill (26 June 2010). "$290m will give us 1000 workers". Sunshine Coast Daily. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
  17. ^ "Skippy Down Queensland". CNBC Business. July 2010. Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010.
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  20. ^ "Libraries: Mobile timetable". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Sunshine Coast Regional Tennis Centre". Archived from the original on 12 May 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  22. ^ "Get to know us". Glasshouse Country News. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  23. ^ "About". Hinterland Times. Archived from the original on 27 March 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  24. ^ "ECQ 2015 Local Government Boundary Review". Archived from the original on 9 March 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  25. ^ "The Noosa De-amalgamation: Building a New Organisation". Shire of Noosa. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2023.
  26. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Previous award recipients". 12 February 2020. Archived from the original on 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  27. ^ a b "Sister Cities and International Partnerships". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.

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