The official opening of the Near North Coast Tourist Office in Nambour in 1957. Sir Kenneth Morris (the then Minister for Labour and Industry) performed the opening ceremony accompanied by Cr D.A. Low, M.L.A., (Chairman of the Maroochy Shire Council. Two years later the first moves were made to change the name of the region to the Sunshine Coast.
The official opening of the Near North Coast Tourist Office in Nambour in 1957. Sir Kenneth Morris (the then Minister for Labour and Industry) performed the opening ceremony accompanied by Cr D.A. Low, M.L.A., (Chairman of the Maroochy Shire Council. Two years later the first moves were made to change the name of the region to the Sunshine Coast. Sunshine Coast Council

Sunshine Coast gearing up for 50th anniversary

ENTHUSIASM is hotting up for the Sunshine Coast's 50th anniversary celebrations which officially start on August 1, and finish at the end of the year.

Thirty applications from community groups have been received for Category A and among the successful projects allocated grants of up to $2000 by the Sunshine Coast Council are:

  • A Seniors Week concert in October organised by the Caloundra Committee of Services to the Ageing.
  • A look back by the Mapleton Men's Shed at the forestry industry at Mapleton.
  • A 50 Year of Agriculture Goodness Cook book by Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show Society.
  • An Open Cockpit Weekend staged by Queensland Air Museum Inc with with family activities including historic aircraft flyovers, jumping castles, food vans, coffee trucks, stars wars characters, cars club exhibits, active model planes, as well as an exhibition of an historic aviation collection of over 65 aircraft.
  • Music from the era during which the Sunshine Coast was named by two of the Sunshine Coast's premiere instrumental music groups-Nambour and Maroochy District Bands.

Funding of up to $20,000 is available for Category B projects and 47 expressions of interest have already been made. Details of these will be released by the council at the end of March.

The name "The Sunshine Coast" was first mooted in August 1959 at a Real Estate Queensland dinner in Hotel Perle at Caloundra. Previously, the region was known as the "Near North Coast."

Acceptance of the name, however, didn't happen overnight.

It took seven years of carrying the torch for a name change with promotions like the Rotary Club of Nambour's little caravan with its free maps and brochures, proclaiming itself "The Doorway to the Sunshine Coast."

In November 1966 the name was formally endorsed by Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa Councils. The following year on July 14 it was given the nod of approval by Queensland Premier Sir Frank Nicklin at the REIQ conference at the Caloundra Hotel, Caloundra, and on August 1 1967 officially accepted by the Queensland Place Names Board.


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