Cr Dwyer - Film Festival fun
  • Wednesday 05 August 2015

Quinn Park at Bells Reach will be the place to be on September 26 when it hosts the opening night of the third Caloundra Film Festival.

Australian family drama film Paper Planes, which was a huge hit in the cinemas earlier this year, will be on show and entry will be free with activities on site from 2pm. For every session during the festival, it will only be a gold coin donation to be part of the entertainment.

The festival proceeds this year will go to STEPS Group Australia which provides training, employment, and community services that teach people real skills that can help them achieve their goals and aspirations in the real world.

Closing night will be at the Blackwater Café at Moffat Beach and on the program are a number of sessions at Big Screen Cinemas Caloundra thanks to the generosity of Nick Struik.

Our thanks also go to Telstra and Stockland for their support.

For more details, including how schools can be part of the Student Showcase short film competition, go to

Waterpark change

You may remember that back in June Council granted approval, with some conditions attached, for Oaks Oasis Caloundra to permanently open its waterpark to the general public.

I’ve been contacted by senior management at the Oaks Group who say they will no longer be progressing with that plan.

The waterpark will now only be accessed by overnight guests of the resort.

While this news will disappoint some families who have been enjoying the park’s facilities, it will be welcomed by some nearby residents who were dealing with increased noise levels due to the increased patronage.

Wildflower Festival

Nature is putting on its annual display of wildflowers and we’re celebrating next month with 18 events, including 15 free ones, in the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival.

From August 18-30, there’ll be guided walks, activities and art exhibitions that are sure to be very popular.

I’d encourage everyone to get along to have a look at what’s on show.

Visit council’s website to view the full program, then select an event and follow booking instructions.

The wildflower festival is a joint initiative between council and dedicated environmental community groups including: Friends of Ben Bennett Bushland Park; Australian Native Plant Society Australia - Wallum Study Group, Currimundi Catchment Care Group, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing, and Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland- Sunshine Coast and Hinterland Branch.