Simple changes towards sustainable living

Through education, community programmes, useful resources and information Living Smart aims to empower the Sunshine Coast to adopt simple, sustainable lifestyle changes that make a positive impact now and for future generations.

Events

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27 June - 01 July

Kids ClimART

Make your mark with Yanni Van Zijl, exploring climate impacts and hopes through colour and craft.

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27 June - 01 July

Kids ClimART

Make your mark with Yanni Van Zijl, exploring climate impacts and hopes through colour and craft.

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19 June - 19 June

Speed date a sustainability expert

The Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) is proud to offer Queensland residents the chance to meet with some of Australia’s leading sustainable architects.

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10 June - 17 June

Open Studio Artist in Residence - Libby Derham

How do you translate bird song into art? Bird call into a single pencil line?

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11 June - 11 June

Watercolour workshop with Libby Derham

Abstracting the Gardens Through Loose and Contemporary Watercolours

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08 June - 07 June

Lifestyles of the cool and scaly: Open forest reptile neighbours

Join Steve Wilson for this fascinating insight into the distinctive reptile communities that inhabit our open forest environments.

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05 June - 06 June

Wetlands ClimateWatch Walk - record the change

Join guides from the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary and contribute to a global citizen science project to track key plants and animals.

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05 May - 05 May

Walking Whilst Drawing Sensory Walk with Libby Derham

Join watercolour artist Libby Derham as she takes you on an immersive sensory drawing walk through Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

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08 May - 23 May

The Cedar Rose - a puppet performance

When the last tree falls will you notice? Two native timber puppets come to the rainforest for very different reasons.

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14 May - 16 May

Holistic Wellness Festival

Get ready for a weekend of health, wellness & awareness!

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16 May - 16 May

Riverside Vibes - Mooloolaba

On the 3rd Sunday of each month, join us for live music by the beautiful Mooloolah River.

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02 May - 02 May

Secret Garden - Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

Join us in the gorgeous Sculpture Garden at Maroochy Bushland Botanical gardens on the FIRST SUNDAY of each month for an afternoon of family friendly live music.

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27 March - 27 March

Earth Hour: Saturday 27 March - #SwitchforNature

This earth hour, make the #switchfornature and show your support for a renewables future!

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26 March - 27 March

World's Biggest Garage Sale (Bite sized)

you're invited to a Bite-Sized World's Biggest Garage Sale Open Day on Saturday the 27th March! ♻️❤️

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21 March - 21 March

Noosa Electric Vehicle Expo

On the 21 March 2021, there’ll be a renewable buzz about the streets of Noosa Junction. The FREE community event is an introduction to e-vehicles and how they can provide more sustainable travel choices for Noosa locals and visitors.

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01 March - 02 March

Our future waste

Have your say on the future of waste and resource recovery on the Sunshine Coast, including a third bin to capture food and garden waste (FOGO) by completing the online survey

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30 March - 30 March

The 'big scrub' rainforest - Mary Cairncross an important remnant

Sub-tropical rainforest areas of northern NSW and South-east Queensland, known colloquially as ‘big scrub’, are considered national biodiversity hot-spots.

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10 April - 10 April

Creative embroidery workshop

This one day workshop is full of conversations and learning new skills.

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31 March - 31 March

Mona Ryder Peer Dialogue Sessions

This is a professional development opportunity for practising artists to spend one on one time with established artist Mona Ryder.

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16 March - 16 March

Coffee and Conversation with Mona Ryder

Bring your coffee, and meet Mona in conversation with Bec Mac at the Old Ambo, Nambour.

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13 March - 17 April

Fragile Gardens Exhibition

Fragile Gardens is an installation of an unknown future, anxious anticipations, rites of passage and dreamlike rituals. This installation invites entry into an enigmatic setting, weaving in and out of the past and present.

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06 December - 06 December

NightQuarter Workshops

Come and join the NightQuarter RepairLab for a series of workshops to make your own upcycled Christmas decorations and gifts.

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20 December - 20 December

Nothing new for Christmas - DIY decorating

Discarded Christmas ornaments, artificial trees and lights can languish in landfill for centuries. Fortunately there are loads of natural, recycled or upcycled alternatives that are simple and fun to make.

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13 December - 13 December

Nothing new for Christmas: Ditch the wrapping

Christmas doesn’t have to be expensive, wasteful or plastic-filled. Take Living Smart’s Buy Nothing new for Christmas challenge.

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06 December - 06 December

Get creative with handmade and upcycled presents

Upcycle pot planters, make your own pet presents and craft your own handmade gifts for a Christmas to remember.

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16 November - 13 December

Value our heritage – Have your say for a chance to win

Every voice in our region has value. There are many ways that you can get involved in influencing our today and our future. Contribute your ideas, submit feedback or exchange views on matters that affect you and your community.

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06 December - 06 December

Nothing New for Christmas - Launch RepairLab Workshop Series

Launch RepairLab Workshop Series

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08 November - 20 December

RepairLab Workshop series

EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY TO REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE

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08 November - 15 November

Planet arks National recycling week

Now in its 25th year, Planet Ark's National Recycling Week (Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November 2020) provides an important opportunity for councils, workplaces, schools and individuals to improve their recycling knowledge, build better recycling habits and build trust in recycling.

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21 October - 21 October

Episode #5: Jacqueline Wilson-Smith & Megyn Carpenter

Be part of the conversation and join the change makers crafting a more circular economy approach to business!

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17 October - 17 October

FREE AURA CYCLING WORKSHOPS

Sunshine Coast Council and Stockland have partnered to deliver a series of free cycling workshops to improve your cycling skills and enjoy the wonderful separated bikeways in the "City of Colour".

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24 October - 24 October

SUNSHINE COAST DESIGN CLIPS

Over the years, many architects and designers have responded to the special character of the Sunshine Coast – our climate, landforms, fauna, flora, history, cultural and social identity.

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12 November - 12 November

Talking Values Based Business with Sarah Wilson

Did 2020 make you wake up and think, my life needs to be different! This is a call to action for each and every business leader in fact, for each and every human on the Sunshine Coast if:

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23 November - 26 November

Virtual Cleantech Conference & Exhibition is happening 24 - 26 November 2020

The Virtual Cleantech Conference & Exhibition 2020 theme is Cleantech: Fast tracking sustainable growth.

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05 October - 05 October

Speed Date one of Australia’s leading Sustainable Architects - for FREE

To celebrate World Architecture Day, the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) is very proud to partner with RENEW to offer Queensland residents the chance to meet with some of Australia’s leading sustainable architects.

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15 October - 15 October

Living with a Creative Mind

LEVEL up your practice as we explore the creative mind in a three-part Professional Development series carefully curated just for you!

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02 October - 03 September

GUIDED GARDEN TOUR

Want to know what and how to grow in the sub-tropics?

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07 October - 07 October

DESIGN COURSE FOR BUDDING GARDEN ARCHITECTS

This 8-week, after school program, covers the ethics, principles and practices of permaculture for the junior garden architect.

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02 October - 03 October

COMPOSTING FOR KIDS

Get your hands dirty again, as you learn how to build super strong compost that will enrich your garden, fill it with millions of micro-organisms and ancient minerals, and you can take some home to get you started.

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01 September - 30 April

FABRIC Slow Fashion Artful Living Program

Fabric celebrates the extraordinary talents of our regions artists, designers and sustainability change-makers.

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25 September - 26 September

Kids’ Program: Worm Lasagne and Magic Potion

Get your hands dirty as you learn how to build a self-feeding vegetable bed called the “Worm Lasagne” that brings minerals, life and vegetables into your garden.

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25 September - 26 September

Spring into scavenge

Keen to connect with your community, clean-up the area and listen to some funky live tunes?

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16 September - 16 September

Episode #4: Matt Jancauscas and Christine Ballinger

We are thrilled to announce that for episode #4 of the Crafting a Circular Economy event series we are headed to the hinterland at the Brouhaha Brewery in Maleny.

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14 September - 14 September

The Big Bike Film Night 2020 - Nambour/ Sunshine Coast

They're riding into town! What’s the Big Bike Film Night all about? Sharing the best cycling short films from around the world with you!

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19 August - 19 August

Episode #3: Roz White, Michele Lipner and Cameron McKenzie

This episode is hosted at White's Supa IGA Baringa with White's IGA's Roz White, OzHarvest's Michele Lipner and a guest feature from Cameron McKenzie of ASPIRE PL.

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12 July - 23 August

Major Grants Program for not-for-profit organisations

Council values engaged, resilient and inclusive communities that embrace diversity. The Major Grants Program supports not-for-profit organisations to deliver one-off projects, events and activities with broad community benefit. Applications must align to a specific grant category as detailed in the guidelines.

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01 August - 02 August

Doonan Open Data Expo & National Tree Day

Sunshine Coast Council invites you to connect, create and care for our environment when two great events combine.

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22 January - 22 January

2021 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards

The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards are a celebration of the contribution that individuals, community groups and organisations make in our region.

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15 July - 15 July

Episode #2: Matt Hepburn, Christen McGarry and Bernie Craven

Todd Widdicombe is on the couch with Your Mates Brewery owners, Matt Hepburn and Christen McGarry.

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15 July - 15 July

MODERN CLOTH NAPPIES with Vashti Wadwell and Kelly Lavery

Join in the video workshop, Cloth Nappies 101 with Vashti from Nest Nappies and Kelly from Strucket to chat all things Modern Cloth Nappies on Wednesday 15 July at 10am. They explore the reusable options available so you can choose the right nappy or combination of styles for you and your bub.

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22 July - 22 July

Make your own beeswax wraps with Natasha Odgers

Join Natasha Odgers from Natural Connections Wax Wraps Workshops on Wednesday 22 July at 10 am and learn how to make your own beeswax wraps.

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17 July - 17 July

Beach clean up Free T-Shirt Bag Workshop

Visionary Ocean Warriors are doing a free T-shirt bag making workshop at their beach clean up on Saturday 18 July.

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25 July - 25 July

Be part of the solution – plastic free July beach clean-ups

Did you know a whopping 130,000 tonnes of plastic finds is way into Australian waterways and oceans every year? Replace with local marine debris.

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17 July - 17 July

Our Visionary Ocean Warriors – turn trash into treasure

Fuelled by a passion for protecting our ocean life, two local teenagers are set to launch an innovative combined beach clean-up and recycled market called Seaside Scavenge.

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29 June - 28 September

SPRUNGG Sustainable Change Accelerator Program

SPRUNGG is designed to help food and ag companies implement radical change, better innovation and more sustainable business practices.

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17 June - 17 June

Episode #1 : Michelle Christoe, Yas Grigaliunas and Todd Widdicombe

Has there ever been a better time to challenge how we do things? Are you wanting to expand your knowledge and work towards practicing more sustainable habits, most especially in your work environment?

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20 June - 31 August

Horizon Festival: PLASTIC BELLY

Plastic Belly is a contemporary dance performance by Sunshine Coast-based choreographer Courtney Scheu and visual artist Itamar Freed, created with the support of dramaturge Liesel Zink.

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07 Jun 2021

Kids ClimART

About this event Artist Yanni van Zijl presents a special workshop series exploring climate change. Children and their caregivers will create several large and colourful group artworks - playing with paint, ink and charcoal using handmade brushes and tools.

02 Jun 2021

Talking Circular Communities with Chad Buxton

Chad Buxton is the founder of Circular Communities, a consultancy focused on harnessing this power to help navigate change for good – change that is good for people, business and our environment.

28 May 2021

Speed date a sustainability expert

When: June 19th, 2021, 2pm-5pm (AEST) Where: Online (Zoom link provided upon booking) Sponsored by: Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA)

28 May 2021

What is the the Circular Economy

While most people assume that the CE is just about recycling (and no shade if you do), it actually goes much deeper than that—in fact, recycling is the last resort when it comes to an ideal CE.

18 May 2021

What keeps climate scientists like me awake at night - and why the next 10 years are so critical

But what if you decide to wait – let’s say for a few years, or even a decade to two, perhaps to 2050 or beyond.

18 May 2021

Getting the mail on solar installations

The 20 years of data collected by the CER[[i]](https://www.energycouncil.com.au/analysis/getting-the-mail-on-solar-installations/#_edn1), shows Bundaberg (4670) to be the leading postcode for solar installations, while another three Queensland suburbs are in the top 10 postcodes for the total number of rooftop solar installations.

06 May 2021

15 Easy Ways To Reduce Your Plastic Consumption

“…and this is all the plastic shit I found in my house” Image: Plastic Planet Documentary (2009) We brush our teeth with it, eat and drink from it and even wear it: from the moment we wake up until we go to bed, plastic is all around us.

27 Apr 2021

Open Studio Artist in Residence - Libby Derham

This is what Sunshine Coast watercolour artist Libby Derham is investigating in her current body of work. Mapping the diversity of the Lagoon Walk at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens, Libby creates sensory scrolls and watercolours on paper and recycled envelopes.

27 Apr 2021

Watercolour workshop with Libby Derham

Join watercolour artist Libby Derham as she guides you through explorations of loose and playful watercolour landscapes. Using the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens as the source of inspiration, participants will learn to seek palettes of colour beyond the immense green canopy and incorporate layering of sensory mark-making to add depth.

27 Apr 2021

Lifestyles of the cool and scaly: Open forest reptile neighbours

Set in a subtropical mix of urban, rural and natural environment settings, the Sunshine Coast supports an extraordinarily rich biodiversity. This applies particularly to reptiles.

27 Apr 2021

Wetlands ClimateWatch Walk - record the change

Within this wetland, life thrives in land on the edge of the sea, flooded by freshwater and salty tides. Volunteer guides will help you to explore the varied ecosystems of the sanctuary: wet and dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves.

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