Sunshine Coast vying for Queensland’s healthiest award
  • Wednesday 29 April 2009

For the first time, the Sunshine Coast is in the running to take out the title as Queensland’s healthiest place to live.

Sunshine Coast Council entered the latest Keep Australia Beautiful award – the Healthy Queensland Awards – and impressed the judges so much that the council has been shortlisted for the title.

Keep Australia Beautiful judge Lorraine See will be taken on a cycling tour of Tewantin/Noosaville tomorrow, Thursday 30 April, to see firsthand part of the 250kms of cycle and walking paths across the Sunshine Coast that encourage locals to live a healthy, outdoors lifestyle.

If it wins, the Sunshine Coast could win prize money of up to $500,000 towards "healthy" infrastructure such as a swimming pool, basketball court or a bike and walking path.

In its submission to the award judges, council highlighted the following programs and infrastructure that make the Sunshine Coast a healthy place to live:

  • The Coastal Pathway that will eventually link Noosa to Caloundra
  • Fitness stations in council parks across the region
  • The 96km Noosa Trail Network catering for mountain bikers, bushwalkers and horse riders
  • Extensive canoe trails
  • Landsborough’s All Abilities Playground, specifically designed for people with disabilities
  • The 26 skate parks constructed by council

In addition, council cited examples of its many fitness programs running on a daily basis across the Sunshine Coast, including:

Low cost physical activities run in local parks across the region, such as Seniors’ Bike Rides, Women’s Bike Workshops
22 Heart Foundation Walking Groups coordinated by council staff across the region Regular Bike Week/Ride to Work regional events that promote cycling
Walk to work/school initiatives in partnership with schools across the Sunshine Coast

Council’s Active and Healthy Communities Manager, Charlie Eames, said council’s success in the awards so far was a tribute to staff working with the community to make healthy lifestyles accessible to all residents.

“We are really excited we’ve been short-listed for such a prestigious award,” he said.

“It shows how collaboration between council and the community has given us a healthy place to live that is the envy of many other regions in Australia.”

Photo Opportunities: Judge Lorraine See will be at Council’s Tewantin office from 2.30pm on Thursday 30 April. To arrange coverage, please call Alison Hamblin 5449 5112.