50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast
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  • 22 Sep 2016

The 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast will be officially commemorated on 1 August 2017. Council has planned celebrations throughout 2017 to mark this historic occasion. 

50th Anniversary Fund

The 50th Anniversary Fund is a new, one-off  Community Grants program for new and existing non-council events, projects, programs. It has been developed especially for the 50th anniversary year. Applications open Monday 5 September and are due by 12.00 midnight Monday 31 October. 

Heritage Calendar Competition

Photography enthusiasts are invited to dig out their photo albums and cardboard boxes in search of their favourite 1960s and 1970s photo of the Sunshine Coast for the chance to be featured in the Still Shining – Celebrating 50 Years 2017 heritage calendar. Applications open Monday 1 August with entries to be received by 5.00 pm Monday 22 August. See Heritage Calendar Competition.


The name ‘Sunshine Coast’ was launched in December 1958 at the inaugural dinner of the Sunshine Coast Branch of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, held at the Hotel Caloundra. The Branch had begun a drive to popularise and obtain recognition for the name, to replace the term ‘Near North Coast’, which was not considered distinct enough, and had ‘no significance for southerners.’

The name ‘Sunshine Coast’ was officially endorsed by the then Landsborough, Maroochy and Noosa councils in November, 1966 when it was agreed to utilise the name to cover the three Shires. The name tied in with the decision to also form the Sunshine Coast Promotion Bureau to promote the district covered by the three Shires. It gave the district ‘a great start in developing a tourist industry’; ‘Sunshine’, signifying ‘brightness and warmth’ (and providing a different but complementary attraction to the Gold Coast).

A “Notification of Decision to Adopt a Place Name” under the Queensland Place Names Act of 1958 appeared in the Queensland Government Gazette in July 1967. The name was endorsed by the Minister for Lands, Alan Fletcher, who advised that the decision would take effect from 1 August 1967.