Sunshine Coast Region

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Sunshine Coast Region
Sunshine coast LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland, 2013, prior to the de-amalgamation of Shire of Noosa
Population 287,539 (2015)[1] (9th)
 • Density 127.7259/km2 (330.8084/sq mi)
Established 16 March 2008
Area 2,251.22 km2 (869.2 sq mi)[2]
Mayor Mark Jamieson
Council seat Nambour, Caloundra
Region South East Queensland
State electorate(s) Buderim, Caloundra, Glass House, Kawana, Maroochydore, Nicklin
Federal Division(s) Fairfax, Fisher, Wide Bay
Sunshine Coast Regional Council logo.png
Website Sunshine Coast Region
LGAs around Sunshine Coast Region:
Gympie Noosa Pacific Ocean
Somerset Sunshine Coast Region Pacific Ocean
Moreton Bay Moreton Bay Pacific Ocean

The Sunshine Coast Region is a local government area located in the Sunshine Coast region of South East Queensland, Australia.

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.

On 1 January 2014, the Shire of Noosa was re-established independent of the Sunshine Coast Regional council.


Prior to 2008, the new Sunshine Coast Region was an entire area of three previous and distinct local government areas:

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.

In 1910, the Shire of Noosa split from Widgee, and on 22 February 1912 the Shire of Landsborough split from Caboolture.[3] 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,[4] 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.[5] 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 the 2011 census, the Sunshine Coast Region had the 4th largest population of any local government area in Australia (following City of Brisbane, City of Gold Coast and Moreton Bay Region).[6]

In 2012, a proposal was made to de-amalgamate the Shire of Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Region.[7] On 9 March 2013, Noosa residents voted to de-amalgamate Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Council.[8] 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).[9] The Shire of Noosa Shire was re-established on 1 January 2014.[10][11]


The Region is divided into 10 divisions,[12] 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 2016 and will not include the Shire of Noosa's census figures.

Year Population
(Region total)
1933 23,438 4,752 12,918 5,768
1947 27,399 6,460 15,014 5,925
1954 31,930 7,765 17,869 6,296
1961 33,507 8,319 19,071 6,117
1966 36,926 8,798 21,455 6,673
1971 44,582 11,314 25,522 7,746
1976 63,073 16,982 35,266 10,825
1981 100,204 29,705 53,428 17,071
1986 118,443 36,486 61,629 20,328
1991 167,254 53,434 84,442 29,378
1996 219,305 66,336 111,798 41,171
2001 252,011 75,261 129,429 47,321
2006 293,902 90,341 151,599 51,962
2011 306,909

Sunshine Coast Council[edit]


Name Of Year's as
Bob Abbot Boreen Point 2008–2012 Mayor of the Noosa Shire Council
Mark Jamieson Buderim 2012–Present Businessman

Australia Day Awards[edit]

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)
2014 David Dangerfield (Palmwoods) Greg McKean (Pelican Waters) Bindi Irwin (Beerwah)
Samara Welbourne (Buddina)
Queensland Air Museum (Organisation) (Caloundra) Steven McLeish (Landsborough) Not Awarded Eumundi Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Inc. (Eumundi) Tim Sheridan (Bli Bli)
2015 Chris Turner (?) Prudence Cawley (Buderim) Sarah Morcom (?) Police Citizens Youth Club (Organisation) Ferre De Deyne (?) Not Awarded Derek Foster (?)
Reef Check Australia
Julie Templeton (North Arm)
2016 David Larkin (?) Anne Wensley (?) Brooke Pratt (?)
Nathan Tessmann (?)
Suncoast Community Legal Service (Organisation) Maria Salmon (?) Not Awarded The Millington Family (?) Marayke Jonkers (?)


Sister cities and Friendship cities[edit]

As of March 2016, the Sunshine Coast Region has the following sister cities:[14]

As of March 2016, the Sunshine Coast Region has the following friendship cities:[14]


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Sunshine Coast (R) : Region Data Summary". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Queensland Government Gazette, 22 February 1912, p.435.
  4. ^ Queensland Government Gazette, 19 December 1987, p.1465.
  5. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission (PDF). 2. pp. 302–309. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Table 1: Population growth and turnover in Local Government Areas (LGAs), 2006 to 2011". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Proposal regarding the de-amalgamation of Noosa" (PDF). Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Noosa Area De-amalgamation Poll – Noosa – Poll Area Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Council votes to separate Noosa and Sunshine Coast planning". Sunshine Coast Daily. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "De-amalgamation". Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Local Government (De-amalgamation Implementation) Regulation 2013" (PDF). Local Government Act 2009. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "ECQ 2015 Local Government Boundary Review". Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  13. ^ SCRC – Australia Day Award Winners – 26 January 2011
  14. ^ a b "Sister Cities and International Partnerships". Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 

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