New approach for Coast’s Festive Season
  • Thursday 30 January 2014

Festive season celebrations on the Coast are entering an exciting new era following today’s Sunshine Coast Council endorsement of a new approach to supporting community events and activities.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the new approach reflects extensive community and council consultation undertaken over the past 18 months and will be continually reviewed to ensure the Sunshine Cost remains a place of family focussed, free celebrations during this special time of the year.

”The new approach will see council, for the first time, actively seeking high profile partners in a bid to expand the popular program of activities,” Cr McKay said.

“Over the past few months council has taken the opportunity to consider its delivery and funding of the festive season celebrations – which includes Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Australia Day events – on the Sunshine Coast.

“And there is no doubt the popularity of these free community events, whether they are owned by council or supported by council via a grant, is continuing to grow.

“To continue to meet the cost of these much loved community events as they grow in size required council to do things differently.

“Today, council has endorsed a recommendation which will see council actively seek community partnerships to make the festive season budget go further.

“This means council is looking to partner with the community, particularly large, well established not for profit organisations or commercial entities, to help grow the celebrations, both council and non-council owned, in line with the way in which these events and activities are valued.

“At the meeting, council also endorsed the continuation of a grant program for community-run events during the Festive Season.”

Cr Jenny McKay said the grants program is criteria based and community groups can apply annually for council funding.

Today’s endorsement of the Festive Season program for 2014/2015 will see:

  • a local approach to community carols events across the region, including a partnership program to grow established events;
  • the opportunity for council to provide support to local business groups for Christmas decorations where decorated trees within a division have been consolidated to one;
  • council continue to deliver one signature, regional New Year’s Eve event at Mooloolaba;
  • delivery of an Australia Day program of civic events including an Awards program and citizenship ceremony rotated annually across the region; and
  • council conduct a formal flag raising, civic ceremony at Kings Beach to mark Australia Day across the Sunshine Coast Council region.

The new model of delivery will ensure the continuation of free festive season events that reflect the various communities on the Sunshine Coast. Delivered by council and with the support of partners these much loved events can continue to grow and be enhanced.