Council has it covered over Christmas
  • Tuesday 21 December 2010

Sunshine Coast Council has the essentials covered over the Christmas break with waste collections and beach patrols operating as usual – and libraries ready to provide a great holiday read.

If the partying gets too intense, take time out by hitting the surf. Council lifeguards will be on patrol seven days a week from Noosa to Golden Beach. A map of all patrolled beaches is available on council’s website

If a shady verandah and a hammock is your idea of being flat out at Christmas, don’t forget to pick up the latest literary bestseller from your local libraries. Sunshine Coast Libraries are open throughout the holidays, except for Sundays and public holidays, with thousands of books, magazines, CDs and DVDs to suit all ages. But if you’re looking to borrow a book over the Christmas long weekend, make sure you pop in early on Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December as libraries close at 2pm.And don’t miss the libraries’ and galleries’ specially designed boredom-busting workshops for children. See council’s library and gallery websites for more details about programs and locations.

After the party, recycle those empty champagne and beer bottles in your yellow bin because council’s kerbside collection service will be on the job as usual – including Christmas Day.

But if you don’t like Santa’s presents this year, you will have to wait to visit the dump, as all rubbish tips will be closed on Christmas Day, but trading as normal on all other days including public holidays.

And don’t forget your pets this festive season. If you get a puppy or kitten for Christmas, you can register it with council for free until your pet is six months of age.

The council pounds have many dogs looking for new homes. Both the Noosaville and Tanawha pounds are open normal operating hours, except for Sundays and public holidays.

During New Year’s Eve celebrations, don’t forget to keep your pets fenced as the noise from fireworks can frighten them.

Wanting to save some money and the help the environment over the summer holidays? Council is providing FREE public buses from 26 December to 9 January for all Sunshine Coast bus services. See council's website for more information.

If you want to mix business with pleasure, council offices will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve, but are open as usual on other days except public holidays.

For emergencies, council’s general phone numbers divert to an after-hours service provider. There is no need to dial a different number. This is only for emergencies relating to council activities and services.