Experts reveal the secrets of winning events
  • Wednesday 20 May 2009

Sunshine Coast Regional Council is running a series of workshops for the community on how to run successful events, with tips from leading media professionals including Channel 7’s Rosanna Natoli and ABC Radio’s Cam Young.

Community organisations who attend will be inspired to create new events, increase community engagement and network with other event organisers across the region.

Council's Community Events and Celebrations Manager, Michael Bloyce, said the workshops covered planning, marketing, funding, sponsorship and media.

"These workshops provide a great opportunity for community event organisers and committee members to gain practical advice and skills that will help them to organise better, brighter events,” he said.

“We aim to provide a range of topics and presenters to inspire and inform event organisers and their organisations.”

Council’s new Community Events and Celebrations Unit staff will also be on hand to meet organisers and answer questions on event planning, he said.

Presenters include:

Media presenters Channel 7’s Rosanna Natoli, Cam Young from ABC Coast FM, and Colleen Lucas, Deputy General Manager from the Sunshine Coast Daily

  • Maya Gurry from Fresh PR, marketing and public relations
  • David Gration, University of the Sunshine Coast – stakeholder management
  • SCRC Events and Environmental Planning Officers – environmentally friendly events, project management, safety and risk management, grants and much more
  • Barry Duncan, from Queensland Events Regional Development Program – funding rounds and opportunities
  • Rob Tonge, Rob Tonge and Associates – Sponsorship and writing winning proposals

Workshops cost $30 each which includes morning tea and lunch. Places are limited, so book early on 5449 5101 or online at

Workshop 1

8.30am-2.30pm Tuesday 2 June
Goodlife Community Centre 100 Buderim Pines Drive, Buderim

Topics include: marketing and branding, green events, Queensland Events Regional Development Corporation, project planning and event merchandising.

Workshop 2

8.30am-2.30pm Wednesday 29 July
Beerwah Hall, Peachester Road, Beerwah

Topics include: writing winning grant applications, finding grants, building community capacity through events, stakeholder management, safety and public liability.

Workshop 3

8.30am-2.30pm Tuesday 15 September
Christian Outreach Centre, Corner of Eumundi and Beckmans Roads, Noosaville

Topics include: managing volunteers, media relations, audio visual tips and trends, legal and business practices and sponsorship.