Cr McKay - Local contenders in top art prize
  • Friday 10 June 2016

The prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize 2016 is one step closer to unveiling the winner of the acquisitive $25,000 cash prize, and a number of our local artists are in the final running.

Congratulations to all 40 finalists selected from a large field of 625 entries, but especially to our talented locals: Peter Hudson (Maleny, Queensland), Dasha Riley (Woombye, Queensland) and AJ Taylor (Woombye, Queensland).

You can check out all of the fantastic artworks from the finalists at Caloundra Regional Gallery from August 18 to October 2. The winner will be announced on September 1.

The show is coming to town

The Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show – from 10 -12 June – displays a fantastic array of entries, exhibits and displays ranging from cookery, craft, and photography through to poultry and cattle. Visit for schedules and entry forms.

Koala spotting results

A big thank you to everyone for their involvement in an absolutely fantastic day Koala spotting at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden recently.

We had a great turnout of 68 eager citizen scientists. Unfortunately we weren’t able to find any new koalas however managed to find some great leads in terms of fresh scats and scratching, so hopefully the search team will be able to narrow their focus. There certainly is an appetite for similar activities in the future.

The tracking program is just one of many components of council’s Environment Levy funded Koala Conservation Plan aimed at protecting the vulnerable local koala population through a greater understanding of their habitat requirements and threats to their conservation.

Get your green thumbs on new Bush Hands

Are you interested in keeping up to speed about what council is doing to protect your local environment and all the flora and fauna that call it home? Then the new look Bush Hands e-newsletter is perfect for you. Check it out and subscribe via council’s website.