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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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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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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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.

22 Dec 2020

Love your Leftovers tips for less waste this Christmas

Love your Leftovers Veggies = Frittata Bundle those leftover roasted veggies into a frittata by adding some eggs and cream. Use up all those leftover herbs and add a couple of tasty items such as capers or anchovies, olive oil and lemon juice to make a sparkling salsa verde to add zing to your frittata.

22 Dec 2020

Christmas Settings - Paper Chains

Christmas decorations can be as easy as stapling pretty-coloured paper into chains. This is a great activity to do with your family and stored properly, will last for years.

22 Dec 2020

Christmas settings - Table Decorations

Martin and Kim encourage us to break out the old family favourite tableware or buy some bling from the local op shop. This is an opportunity to let your kids’ creativity shine in front of the whole family.

16 Dec 2020

Seasonal Gardening Tips for Summer by Anne Gibson

Challenges during Summer As the humidity and temperatures increase, pests, diseases and weeds grow in number too! Fruit flies, grasshoppers, aphids and ants, caterpillars, slugs, snails, whitefly, scale, leaf miners and citrus gall wasps, powdery mildew, sooty mould and black spot are some of the most common problems.

02 Dec 2020

Nothing new for Christmas

The most wonderful time of the year is also the time of the greatest waste. Food goes uneaten, wrapping goes to landfill, unwanted gifts end up at charity.

02 Dec 2020

NightQuarter Workshops

Dont waste money on expensive Christmas presents and decorations. At these workshops you’ll discover ways to save money and have some fun at the same time.

02 Dec 2020

Nothing new for Christmas - DIY decorating

Make a foraged Christmas Centrepiece or Wreath – Workshop 20th December Join Living Smart at the NightQuarter Repair Lab for our Inspired by Nature – Foraged Christmas Centrepiece or Wreath Workshop on December 20.

02 Dec 2020

Nothing new for Christmas: Ditch the wrapping

Join a workshop, check out our videos or get creative with some of our ideas below for a plastic-free, waste-free Christmas. Craft cards, ornaments and gift tags workshop – December 13th  Join Living Smart at the NightQuarter Repair Lab for our Handcrafted Christmas: Gift Cards, Ornaments and Gift Tags workshop.

02 Dec 2020

Get creative with handmade and upcycled presents

Use something you have on hand to create a beautiful custom handmade gift or head to the op shop for inspiration. Make a handmade Christmas gift for your pet – Workshop 6th December Make an upcycled, Christmas gift for your pet or someone else’s pet with Living Smart’s Repair Lab Furbulous – make a handmade Christmas gift for your pet workshop.

01 Dec 2020

Eco-friendly sanitary products: join the reusable revolution

The figures are staggering…Three hundred million tampons are sold in Australia every year and over a lifetime, each person who menstruates uses up to 15 thousand single use pads and tampons.

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