Butterflies, backyard biodiveristy and an economic boost
  • Friday 11 July 2014

If you want to attract butterflies to your backyard, see what’s on at Sunshine Coast venues, or learn simple steps to help the environment – make sure you visit one of Sunshine Coast Council’s exhibits at the Queensland Garden Expo this weekend.

In addition to these stands council is again a major sponsor of the event, which is expected to attract more than 31,000 people to the region.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Expo contributed significantly to the Sunshine Coast economy.

“The long-running Expo is a very significant event for our region and is popular with locals and visitors – this year we expect it to generate in excess of $4 million for our local economy,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“People from all around Queensland look forward to this event and those visitors will generate about 21,000 room nights for our accommodation providers.

“Council is working towards a sustainable economy by supporting major events like the Expo – our $1 million investment in major event sponsorship for the 2014-15 financial year will generate an estimated $40 million in economic activity. “

Council’s involvement with the expo includes:

• interactive displays in the Living Backyard section, which is organised in partnership with community conservation groups and focuses on ‘backyard biodiversity’.  Visitors can learn how to create a sustainable backyard, sign up to volunteer with conservation groups and get tips on minimising waste and saving costs.
• an opportunity for visitors to win a $500 Flight Centre voucher by completing a short survey about council’s venues. The venues stand will have information upcoming events, activities and performances.