Sunshine Coast Region
|Sunshine Coast Region
Location within Queensland
|• Density||105.9158/km2 (274.321/sq mi)|
|Established||16 March 2008|
|Area||3,124.5 km2 (1,206.4 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Nambour, Noosa, Caloundra|
|Region||South East Queensland|
|State electorate(s)||Buderim, Caloundra, Glass House, Gympie, Kawana, Maroochydore, Nicklin, Noosa|
|Federal Division(s)||Fairfax, Fisher, Wide Bay|
It was created by the amalgamation in 2008 of the City of Caloundra and the Shires of Maroochy and Noosa. It contains 4,194 kilometres (2,606 mi) of roads, 211 kilometres (131 mi) of coastline and an estimated resident population of 323,423 (2009). The first budget of the new Council for the 2008-2009 financial year totals A$673 million including $498 million operating expenditure, $168 million capital expenditure and $25.2 million for repayment of loans.
In 2014, the former Noosa Shire will be re-established independent of the Sunshine Coast Regional council.
At the establishment of regional local government in Queensland on 11 November 1879 with the Divisional Boards Act 1879, most of the area was part of the Caboolture Division, while the northernmost part around Noosa was part of the Widgee Division centred on Gympie. The Maroochy Division split away from Caboolture on 5 July 1890. All three divisions became Shires on 31 July 1903 under the Local Authorities Act 1902. The name "Sunshine Coast" was made up by Marnie Wood who named it this, as she said "the sun is always shining here!".
In 1910, the Shire of Noosa split from Widgee, and on 22 February 1912 the Shire of Landsborough split from Caboolture. The two new entities together with Maroochy were to remain fairly stable for almost 100 years.
On 19 December 1987, the Shire of Landsborough was granted City status, and was renamed the City of Caloundra, reflecting the population boom in the coastal section of the City.
In July 2007, the Local Government Reform Commission released its report and recommended that the three local governments amalgamate. While it noted all three were "functioning councils with moderate to strong financial performance", it argued that they covered a self-contained region in a geographic, social and economic sense and that the advantages of coordinated planning in a high-growth area and the avoidance of duplication of facilities were arguments in favour of amalgamation. The councils opposed the amalgamation, and the Commission itself noted that the bulk of statewide individual submissions came from this region reflecting a "depth of feeling" regarding the issue. On 15 March 2008, the City and two Shires formally ceased to exist, and elections were held on the same day to elect twelve councillors and a mayor to the Regional Council.
In 2012, a proposal was made to de-amalgamate the Shire of Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Region. On 9 March 2013, Noosa residents voted to de-amalgamate Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Council. On 18 March 2013, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council decided its new planning scheme should not apply to those areas that were part of the former Noosa Shire (different attitudes to planning and developments having been a major objection by residents of Noosa Shire to the amalgamation). Noosa Shire local council will be re-established on 1 January 2014.
The Region is divided into 12 divisions, each represented by one councillor, plus an elected mayor who represents the entire Region. The council is elected for a four-year term.
The populations given relate to the component entities prior to 2008. The next census, due in 2011, will be the first for the new Region.
Sunshine Coast Regional Council
|Bob Abbot||Boreen Point||2008-2012||Mayor of the Noosa Shire Council|
Australia Day Awards
|Year||Citizen of the Year||Senior Citizen of the Year||Young Citizen of the Year||Community||Creative||Business||Environment||Sport and Recreation|
|2011||Not Awarded||Kevin Franzi (Kenilworth)||Manuel Barth (Currimundi)
Nathanael Ford (Pomona)
|Glenda Lloyd (Aroona)||Cynthia Morgan (Caloundra)||Amber Werchon (Alex Headlands)||Leigh Warneminde (Yaroomba)||Guy Tanner (Mudjimba)|
|2012||Not Awarded||Ruth Bode (Coolum Beach)||Ashley Ogilvie (Glasshouse Mountains)
Ailish Bolt (Glasshouse Mountains)
|Jessie Wen Jie Li (Maroochydore)||Jacqui O’Connor (Caloundra)||Ross Hopper (Maleny)||Kerry Jones (Nambour)||Gordon Howitt (Peachester)|
|2013||Garry Church (Cooroy)||Colin White (Aroona)
Esma Armstrong (Ninderry)
|Adem Crosby (Buderim)||Supporting Teenagers with Education, Mothering and Mentoring (Group) (Nambour)||Jean Sandell (Kenilworth)||Not Awarded||Noosa and District Landcare Group (Pomona)||Leanne Hipwood (Sippy Downs)|
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011.
- Queensland Government Gazette, 22 February 1912, p.435.
- Queensland Government Gazette, 19 December 1987, p.1465.
- Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2. pp. 302–309. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
- "Proposal regarding the de-amalgamation of Noosa". Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Noosa Area De-amalgamation Poll - Noosa - Poll Area Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Council votes to separate Noosa and Sunshine Coast planning". Sunshine Coast Daily. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- "De-amalgamation". Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Local Government (De-amalgamation Implementation) Regulation 2013". Local Government Act 2009. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- SCRC - Australia Day Award Winners - 26 January 2011