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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15 December - 23 December

Drawn to Nature - Petra Meer

"Drawn to Nature' is a display of the species illustrations and habitat roughs behind the making of Petra's detailed Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve colouring book. It also showcases several of her commissioned natural history illustrations alongside a daily changing display of her nature-focused journal entries.

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15 December - 23 December

Drawn to Nature - Petra Meer

"Drawn to Nature' is a display of the species illustrations and habitat roughs behind the making of Petra's detailed Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve colouring book. It also showcases several of her commissioned natural history illustrations alongside a daily changing display of her nature-focused journal entries.

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10 December - 10 December

Nambour Forecourt Live!

Kick off the festive season with Nambour Forecourt Live!

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07 January - 29 January

Transcribe - an exhibition by Libby Derham

Transcribe is an exhibition of new work by award-winning Sunshine Coast artist Libby Derham, capturing birdsong in the landscape, transcribing it through layers of sound and movement mark-making.

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17 December - 17 December

Eumundi Christmas night markets

Gypsy rumble, Land train & more! join us for all the festive fun &to find your perfect holiday gifts! thank you for shopping local & supporting our locals

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22 December - 22 December

Kawana Waters Farmers Market

We will be holding an additional market prior to Christmas, as Christmas day falls on a Saturday we will be OPEN on Wednesday the 22nd of December sunrise till midday.

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17 December - 19 December

MONTVILLE CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND 2021

The joy of Christmas. The largest model Christmas village and model Christmas carnival in Australia plus a beautiful light display.

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05 December - 05 December

Christmas in Maleny with Kim Kirkman

Featuring the Maleny Inspiration Choir and the Caloundra Community Choir under the direction of Kim Kirkman

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18 December - 18 December

Christmas Carols

Dreaming of cronuts for Christmas?

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17 December - 21 December

Experience the magic at The Festive Garden

Imagine crossing the threshold of a magical wonderland where you’re greeted by elves, serenaded by carollers and the night is aglow with a forest of twinkling lights. Step forward and enter, ‘The Festive Garden’.

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07 December - 07 December

Designing with country

Designing with Country through architecture, placemaking and public art.

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26 November - 26 November

It's a wrap! Artisan Market

Just in time for Christmas, it’s Caloundra Regional Gallery’s annual artisan market!

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17 December - 21 December

The festive garden

From 17 – 21 December come and experience The Festive Garden—a new walk-through Christmas lights experience at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden. You’ll find Christmas lights in a magical setting, Santa and his elves, face painting and roving entertainment—all for free.

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28 October - 21 October

Thriving Through Change

Supporting Business Resilience and Growth

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20 October - 24 October

Tiny Giants-Mary's Amazing Invertebrates

In October 2021, the Sunshine Coast Council is partnering with entomologists and arachnologists from the Queensland Museum to undertake the first broad taxonomic study of invertebrates at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

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24 September - 25 September

FIELD TRIP

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST, ARTS FRONT + ANAT

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16 September - 17 October

Final Call

Climate Change and its devastating impact on the earth is the most pressing global issue of our time.

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21 September - 17 October

Sustainable House Day

There are many ways to participate in Sustainable House Day this year. At Renew, we're hosting four themed weeks of webinars with sustainability experts and homeowners. beginning on 21 September, as well as a program of free online events on 17th October.

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30 September - 01 October

FOOD FOR THOUGHT – BUILDING HEALTHY BRAINS TOGETHER WORKSHOP

PREVENTING BRAIN AND MENTAL HEALTH DECLINE THROUGH NUTRITION, BRAIN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CONNECTION

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06 June - 06 July

CAFE C DITCHES DISPOSABLE CUPS - PLASTIC FREE JULY 2021

Chevallum State School is a small and proactive school on the Sunshine Coast that has long championed sustainability and connections to the environment. Some initiatives include a Stephanie Alexander garden, school composting, and active student leaders; they take sustainability seriously.

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20 July - 16 July

Plastic Free Baby: Online Event

Coming up next Tuesday 20th July is Plastic Free Baby with ex Triple J host and comedian, Veronica Milsom.

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10 July - 10 July

Plastic Free on a Budget

For people who live alone, in a share house, and/or are on a budget.

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31 July - 31 July

Plastic Free July Event Sunshine Coast

COME CELEBRATE PLASTIC FREE JULY WITH US! 31st JULY SATURDAY!! 8AM-11AM!!!!

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18 July - 18 July

What’s your 2040?

Hosted by Ocean Youth at SeaLife

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24 July - 24 July

Sea Shepherd Beach Clean-up

Join Sea Shepherd as we participate in the #PlasticFreeJuly 2021 challenge at our Alexandra Headlands Clean-up.

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17 July - 17 July

CALOUNDRA SPRING INTO SCAVENGE

Spring into Scavenge is back to Caloundra being run by Visionary Ocean Warriors with the support of Sunshine Coast Council, and part of the World Environment Day Festival 2021 month-long celebration!

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10 July - 11 July

SEA LIFE Trust Global Beach Clean

On Sunday 11 July, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast will host a Mooloolaba Beach clean as part of the SEA LIFE Trust Global Beach Clean.

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03 July - 03 July

Cook Along with @ZeroWasteChef, Anne Marie Bonneau

Coming up this Saturday, 3rd July, exclusive to residents and staff of member councils

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19 July - 30 July

Beeswax Wraps

Be wrapped at your library

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04 September - 05 September

CREATIVITY IN MOTION

Climate change and its devastating impact on the earth is the most pressing global issue of our time.

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27 August - 28 August

This is climate change

It’s one thing to hear about Climate Change, but another thing to experience its impact first-hand.

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28 August - 28 August

Songs of Gaia (A twilight gathering)

As the sun sets over Mount Tibrogargan, we invite you to experience a poignant cross-cultural music performance; an ode to Gaia (Mother Earth) at this time of environmental crisis.

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28 August - 28 August

Mindful Magic

Hey, kids. What’s the most magical thing in your world? Is it your backyard treehouse, your favourite fairy pyjamas or perhaps the joy felt when hanging out with grandma?

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28 August - 29 August

Lung Water

A woman who devotes her life to swimming around the world wakes up in a tiny hotel room with a melting glacier and discovers her lungs are filling up with the sea.

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27 August - 05 September

Final Call - Kids

Once you’ve explored our Final Call exhibition with your kids, bring them over to Final Call Kids, a dedicated creative space for children featuring a series of interactive nature based activities created by featured artist, Caitlin Franzmann.

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27 August - 27 August

Sunshine Coast Art Prize — Walk + Talk

Join Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2021 guest judge Renai Grace for a gallery walk + talk, as she explores the forty finalist artworks exhibited at Caloundra Regional Gallery.

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21 June - 05 September

Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2021

The Sunshine Coast Art Prize is one of the most dynamic and prestigious visual arts awards in Australia. Now in its 16th year, this premier art event attracts entries from established and emerging artists from across the nation.

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27 August - 05 September

Sites of Connection

Sites of Connection illuminates the work of artists at the intersection of creative practice and environmental research.

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27 August - 05 September

Reading between the lines: Uncovering Butchulla history in the K’gari research archive

Reading Between the Lines uncovers the hidden stories of the Butchulla people, the traditional custodians of K’gari (Fraser Island), through a creative examination of the K’gari Research Archive.

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04 September - 04 September

Sites of Connection — Walk + Talk

Join curator Megan Williams for a Walk + Talk through Sites of Connection.

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04 September - 05 September

FACING THE WILD: FOREST PORTRAIT GALLERY

Facing the Wild is an interactive portrait making workshop that invites children to connect with nature and explore their creative side. Acclaimed local First Nations artist Jandamarra Cadd (Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja Warung) has teamed up with one of Australia’s leading outdoor education providers, Wildlings Forest School, to deliver this exploration based children’s art workshop.

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04 September - 04 September

DAWN AWAKENING

In 2021, Horizon Festival breathes new life into our most celebrated and loved event: Dawn Awakening.

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27 August - 27 August

OPENING CEREMONY

As the sun sets across the waters of Cotton Tree, we gather to pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians of the waterways, coastal plains and hinterlands of the Sunshine Coast, the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara peoples, and open Horizon Festival 2021.

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02 September - 02 September

Here, Today: First Nations short films + conversations

Held on Jinibara Country at Maleny Community Centre and in partnership with the Maleny Film Society, Here, Today begins with a screening of the critically acclaimed Warburdar Bununu; Water Shield, where a young leader is devastated when Borroloola Town Camps receive water contamination notices only to rediscover hope in the healing power of culture.

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29 August - 29 August

WOVEN JEWELLERY MAKING

Join Ngamumu founder and director Lia Pa’apa’a for an afternoon of yarning, laughing and weaving at this outdoor workshop where you will learn the coiling weave technique and create your very own one-of-a-kind woven earrings or pendant.

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29 August - 05 September

MIMBURI NINYANGURRA

Mimburi means ‘source’ or ‘continuous flow’ and Ninyangurra means ‘dreaming’, so Mimburi Ninyangurra means ‘Continuous Flow of Dreaming’.

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29 August - 29 August

KUKU YALANJI BASKET WEAVING

Join Ngamumu founder and director Merindi Schrieber for an afternoon of yarning, laughing and weaving at this outdoor workshop where you will learn how to make a traditional woven basket.

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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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21 June - 31 August

222Horizon 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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02 Dec 2021

Drawn to Nature - Petra Meer

Petra’s journals have been created over many years and have been inspired by wild habitats, both large and small. The exhibition includes hand made books with inspiring drawings, paintings & writings.

02 Dec 2021

Nambour Forecourt Live!

The first Nambour Forecourt Live! in early September was a huge success so council has teamed up with Peace Run Records again to bring you another stella evening.

02 Dec 2021

Transcribe - an exhibition by Libby Derham

Capturing Libby’s highly intuitive and expressive approach to painting, most work has been painted or begun ‘plein air’ and the exhibition of all watercolours highlights her talent as fourth generation in this medium.

02 Dec 2021

Eumundi Christmas night markets

Step into an ever-evolving collaboration of talented locals seeking to share their gifts with the world. The Original Eumundi Markets is the biggest and the best art and craft market in Australia.

02 Dec 2021

Kawana Waters Farmers Market

Great opportunity to stock up for the festive season and beyond as we won’t be back again until the 8th January 2022

02 Dec 2021

MONTVILLE CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND 2021

From 17th - 19th December Montville Christmas Wonderland opens to the public for the first time since 2019. This will work a bit differently partly due to Covid and partly due to restrictions placed on us by Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

02 Dec 2021

Christmas in Maleny with Kim Kirkman

02 Dec 2021

Festive lighting and decorations

There are 24 locations with council decorated trees adding Christmas cheer to our local communities. All council decorated trees use LED lighting to align with council’s commitment to sustainability.

02 Dec 2021

Christmas Carols

NightQuarter’s Christmas Carols are back! Merry makers of all ages are invited to NightQuarter’s Christmas Carols on the 18th December! Bring the family to NightQuarter for a night of Christmas festivities.

02 Dec 2021

More opportunities to celebrate this festive season

The new event will light up the gardens over several nights leading up to Christmas, creating a festive wonderland complete with lighting installations, carollers and roving performers.

02 Dec 2021

Experience the magic at The Festive Garden

Bookings open November 24 for council’s latest Christmas offering, which will see the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, in Tanawha, transformed into a Christmas wonderland from December 17 to 21.

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