Celebrate our region’s past during Heritage Month
  • Wednesday 15 April 2015

Come and join us in April and May as we celebrate our region’s rich history.

Along with key partners, Council is commemorating Heritage Month with a series of free and informative events.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said Heritage Month was an opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate the places and stories that make the Sunshine Coast special.

“It is also a time to remind us of the importance of learning about, and then conserving and protecting, our natural heritage, our rich Indigenous and European heritage and the diverse historic sites that help form our cultural identity,” Cr McKay said.

“There are a range of informative activities available for all the community to enjoy and find out more about this region’s heritage.

“Grab a glimpse of life on the Coast 50 to 100 years ago by popping into your nearest Sunshine Coast Council library branch or customer contact centre where photographs will be on display until May 30.

“Visit the Landsborough Museum and be the first to view the new Far from this Land WW1 exhibition which opens on Sunday, April 19.

Cr McKay said the month-long activities didn’t stop there.

"This exhibition commemorates the First World War experience on the Sunshine Coast through letters, documents, photographs, artefacts and family histories.”

“If you are a heritage film fan, book early to take a step back in time at the Picture This – Our Past screening from 2:30 to 4.30pm on Thursday, May 7 at Nambour Arthouse Cinema.

"You will be entertained by a range of beautiful films capturing local stories about our past.

“For a bit of fun you can even grab a group of people and take the World War II history pin walk and discover facts including that Caloundra was a restricted area during World War II.

“The area had army camps that stretched from Dicky Beach to Currimundi to Kings Beach.

"Chosen for its close proximity to the major shipping channel, Caloundra was used as an observation area for shipping movements and much more.

“This walk contains a small selection of images from the Caloundra World War II collection and it is recommended to start in the Kings Beach Car Park where there are lots of car parks and amenities.

"At a gentle pace the walk will take about 40 minutes.”

There are numerous other events for people to explore our unique heritage.

For further information on Council’s heritage libraries, visit Council’s library website or visit Council’s website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au and search cultural heritage.