Local identities’ stories unfold
  • Monday 07 July 2014
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The stories of some of the Coast’s colourful local identities have been captured in short digital stories as part of Sunshine Coast Council’s 160 Characters project.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said 160 Characters shines the spotlight on the region’s special characters of the past and present, illuminating the richness of the Sunshine Coast's cultural heritage.

“Council aims to work with communities to record, preserve, and share the region's collective memories and diverse experiences,” Cr McKay said.

“The 160 Characters project merges new technologies with the Coast’s intangible heritage – using the visual format of the popular short film to capture the stories of places, people and communities.

“Today, our community heritage is often recorded and transmitted using mobile phones, digital cameras and social media applications such as Twitter and Facebook. 

“The region's identity and unique character can be discovered through these personal reflections of living on the Sunshine Coast.

“Just released is the intriguing story of long-standing Coast identity Ashley Robinson.

“Ashley is a regular columnist with the Sunshine Coast Daily and is recognised for his outstanding Rugby League career and his long association with the hospitality industry on the Sunshine Coast.

“Ashley’s story, ‘A Charitable Heart’, reveals his passion for local charities and his commitment to the Mudjimba Island Charity Swim.”

The 160 Characters project is funded through the Cultural Heritage Levy.

View the Sunshine Coast digital stories of some of the Coast’s remarkable and colourful characters on Council’s library website.

For further information visit council’s website, connect with council via Facebook, or email culturalheritage@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.