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.

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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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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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17 Feb 2021

Our future waste

Around half of the material in Sunshine Coast household general waste bins could be diverted from landfill and recycled. Sunshine Coast Council is therefore looking at how we collect waste from households to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfill and achieve recycling targets outlined in the Queensland Waste Management and Resource Recovery Strategy.

17 Feb 2021

An eclectic ‘second-hand house’ in the Sunshine Coast hinterland

Concerned about the disastrous effects a “throwaway society” has on the environment and humanity, they built a “second-hand house”, where all materials and furnishings were recycled, from the biggest of walls to the smallest of light fittings.

01 Feb 2021

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

These areas have some of the highest levels of species diversity and richness found anywhere on the Australian continent. Only the wet tropics have a greater species richness.

01 Feb 2021

Creative embroidery workshop

You will work closely with Sharka Borsakova, designer and art worker to create your own embroidery, sharing observations, diverse cultural practises and inspirations in personal space.

01 Feb 2021

Mona Ryder Peer Dialogue Sessions

During your half hour informal meet you will be able to discuss and explore artistic practice, concepts and practicalities relevant to your area of creative practice.

01 Feb 2021

Coffee and Conversation with Mona Ryder

The artist’s work explores themes of domesticity, gender politics and memory through her multi-media practice – a practice that spans more than 4 decades and has been exhibited widely.

01 Feb 2021

Fragile Gardens Exhibition

Mona Ryder’s practice has explored interpersonal relationships, memory, mortality and core beliefs in a rapidly changing world. There is a sense of theatre that pervades the work with an edge of wry humour.

01 Feb 2021

Join the movement: Healthy Sunshine Coast is back for 2021!

One of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular fitness and wellness programs for the whole community to enjoy and benefit from is back and just in time for people to tackle their New Year’s resolutions for 2021.

21 Jan 2021

5 easy reuse projects to become a DIY master

1. Turn an old coffee bag into a sparkly gift bag Who would have thought an old coffee bag could look so good?! Because of their foil lining, used coffee bags can make great gift bags (some of the coffee bags that look like paper are good to go as is!

17 Jan 2021

Coast “fix it” cafés reduce landfill and keep skills alive

Across the Sunshine Coast, an increasing number of fix it type cafes are popping up and old school tinkerers who repair everything from garden furniture to bicycles are busier than ever.

14 Jan 2021

Yandina business compost pilot an Australian first

Food Waste Loop, a Yandina Community Gardens (YCG) pilot program, is collecting food waste from local businesses and turning it into compost which is already in high demand.

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