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Sunshine Coast international visitors hit record high

Not only has the Sunshine Coast experienced its hottest winter on record, but it has broken another record and attracted the highest ever increase in international visitors with 296,000 arrivals visiting to the year ending June 2017, up 11.6% and contributing $249 million in visitor expenditure to the economy.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Sunshine Coast!


Today marks the official 50th Anniversary of the Naming of Sunshine Coast and celebrations are in full swing.

“It was exactly 50 years ago today that the words “Sunshine Coast” became our official name, taking over from the Near North Coast – and as everyone would agree it was a very wise decision by our forebears,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Council has worked together with a wide range of passionate local community groups to produce a calendar of special and diverse 50th Anniversary celebration events and activities. Read more
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Sunshine Coast Solar Farm goes live in Australian first


The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm is now live and feeding electricity into the power grid, making Sunshine Coast Council the first local government in Australia to offset 100% of its electricity consumption with energy from a renewable source.

“We are the first council in Australia to build and operate a 15MW utility scale solar farm which will deliver $22 million in savings, after all costs, for our ratepayers over the next 30 years." said Mayor Mark Jamieson Read more
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Increased Council Transport Levy to delivery Light Rail


This year the Transport Levy will move to $42, raising an estimated $5.7 million, taking the Transport Futures Fund to an estimated $9 million.

Sunshine Coast Council Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the $15 increase in the annual Transport Levy would go directly towards building the Transport Futures Fund to focus on delivering the Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project. Read more
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National July 2017 Corelogic RP Data market update brought to you by First National

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Mooloolaba foreshore moves to its next phase

The Mooloolaba foreshore area will move into its next phase with Sunshine Coast Council unveiling plans for a revitalised Mooloolaba foreshore and Esplanade precinct, part of the Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan.

More than 6200sq m of Mooloolaba foreshore parkland will eventually return to community use with a kiosk, an outdoor gym, a new amenities building, shaded picnic and barbecue facilities, a modern adventure playground and spacious grassy areas just some of the features we have to look forward to.

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2017 Vinnies Corporate & Community Sleepout Sunshine Coast


We have accepted the challenge to experience what it's like to be homeless for one night. On the night of 29 June 2017 we're going to sleep rough for the night to help raise awareness and important funds in support of homeless services in our region.

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Will the 'Aldi Effect' impact Sunshine Cove ?

Sunshine Cove property owners who have homes or investments near German budget supermarket Aldi could have very valuable homes on their hands.

According to a study conducted by mover and conveyance service My Home Move, the opening of a new Aldi branch has almost always sparked an incredible surge in the prices of nearby properties in the UK. Read more
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$71.5 million dollar Sunshine Coast housing boost

The Sunshine Coast is set to share in a $1.8 billion housing investment by the Queensland Government, which will deliver more than 5,000 extra homes and thousands of jobs across the state in the next 10 years.

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that under the Strategy, 243 social housing dwellings were scheduled to be built in the Sunshine Coast, at a cost of $71.5 million. Read more
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Maroochydore CBD boosts regional jobs and economy


A 53 hectare greenfield site in the heart of Maroochydore, the capital of the Sunshine Coast, is being transformed into a city centre for the 21st century, offering unparalleled investment and development opportunities in Queensland’s thriving south-east corner.

The Maroochydore City centre is expected to service a wider catchment of over two million people by 2030.
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$18 million for Maroochydore Intersections Upgrade Project


More than $18 million will be invested in major intersection upgrades to provide greater access to the heart of the visionary Maroochydore City Centre community.

An agreement has been reached between the Palaszczuk Government to invest $12.6 million alongside $5.6 million from Sunshine Coast Council for vital intersection upgrades. Read more
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Our Award Winning Team - First National Real Estate Qld Annual Awards


Our hard-working team of 20 were very lucky to receive a whopping total of 9 awards at the annual Queensland First National Real Estate Awards Night gala at the Sofitel, Brisbane.

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Have your say on the Council's draft parking management plan

A draft framework to proactively manage car parking across the Sunshine Coast was unveiled today and residents are invited to have their say.

Feedback received during the community consultation period will inform the final Sunshine Coast Council Parking Management Plan, which will then be presented to council for consideration.

Community feedback will close on Friday May 5, 2017.

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50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast – big birthday bash!

A special concert, a poetry trail, sand sculpture festival and a women’s AFL carnival are just a few of the ways we will celebrate our region’s naming anniversary, with events funded by the 50th anniversary grants endorsed today by council.

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Central Sunshine Coast tipped to BOOM !

According to a new report by Australia’s leading demographer Bernard Salt, The Activated City: Imagining the Sunshine Coast in 2040, 550,000 people will be living in the region by 2040, attracted by its entrepreneurial spirit, "hipster" culture and connectivity.

Mr Salt said direct flights from Maroochydore into Asia, expected from the expanded Sunshine Coast Airport from 2020, would see the region become as connected to Asian markets as it was to the rest of the country.

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Australia's first underground waste collection system - in Maroochydore !


The Sunshine Coast is again taking a nation leading position by unveiling Australia’s first, high-tech, automated waste collection system for a CBD, to be installed in the new Maroochydore City Centre.

Rather than using wheelie bins, waste will be transported from commercial buildings and apartments at up to 70kmh through a 6.5km system of underground vacuum pipes located beneath Australia’s newest city centre.
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New town square slated for Palmwoods

A new town square will soon create a green community space for people to gather in the heart of Palmwoods, adjacent to the Memorial Hall, with construction due to start later this month.

To allow construction to be undertaken safely, Main Street will be temporarily converted to one way (heading south) between Margaret Street and the IGA.

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Parklands Blvd set for rehabilitation

Parklands Blvd in Little Mountain is scheduled for around $400,000 of improvements, starting this week as part of council’s $23 million Road Reseal and Rehabilitation Program.

A section of road pavement between Little Mountain Dr and Ivadale Blvd will be rehabilitated.

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Construction to start on two skate park upgrades in April

Skaters, BMX riders and scooter riders will enjoy two improved facilities later this year, with construction on a major skate park upgrade at Alexandra Headland and minor works at Coolum due to start in late April.

Construction is expected to be completed in November.
 

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Sold in 5 days for $15,000 above list price - subject to inclusion of cat !


This fantastic Buderim property was sold in 5 days - for more than the listing price - with the contract conditional on Nelson the cat being included in the sale !

The sellers were very happy with the fast sale, and that Nelson the cat, who ironically they inherited when they bought the property, would be able to stay in his home.

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Coast secure during nationwide decline of new dwellings

Approvals for new dwellings remain steady on the Sunshine Coast despite a nationwide decline, according to council’s latest annual report.

The report documents local development activity that took place in 2016 and demonstrates that development on the Coast continues to remain stable.

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Palisade confirmed as Sunshine Coast Airport’s commercial partner in deal worth more than half a billion dollars

Palisade Investment Partners will be the Sunshine Coast Airport’s commercial operating partner in a deal worth more than half a billion dollars.

Under the deal, the airport will continue to be owned by Sunshine Coast Council, with Palisade operating the asset under a 99-year lease.

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$445 million worth of building boosted by Birtinya boom

Birtinya’s construction activity is significantly contributing to the region’s overall construction boom, according to council’s building data which has revealed the region recorded its highest dollar value of construction for a December quarter since 2009.

During the October to December 2016 quarter, the Sunshine Coast recorded a total building construction value of $455 million.

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New bus network in motion for hospital opening

Additional routes, improved frequency and reduced fares are just some of the benefits to come as the Sunshine Coast gears up for the official opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

From 23 January, bus services will change for Sunshine Coast locals following the opening of the SCUH to staff.

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REIQ Wants To Expand The First-Home Buyer Grant In Regional Queensland

The Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) is leading a state-wide push from regional local governments, urging State Treasurer Curtis Pitt to expand the first-home buyer grant in regional Queensland to include established homes.

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Sold in 11 days for $40,000 more than the list price !

We sold this fantastic Buderim property for $40,000 more than the vendor's asking price, prior to the property being marketed on the internet !

The price agreement was reached with the buyer just seven days after the agency’s appointment and the home was sold in 11 days.

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Sunshine Coast on track with smart city technology

Over the past 14 months, council has begun to implement its Smart City Framework in a bid to make it easier to live, work and do business in our region – and with a number of smart integrated technologies and initiatives already in place, it’s off to a great start. See what's next.
 

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas !


Are you decorating your house for Christmas this year?

Let us know and will let the families of the Sunshine Coast know, so they can one and visit your display.

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Council's draft plan for 73km of scenic coastal pathway

Anyone who loves to walk, run or ride along the Sunshine Coast’s coastline should take a look at council’s Draft Coastal Pathway Master Plan and have their say on the proposed route.

Providing feedback on the draft master plan will also put you in the draw for prizes such as bike shop vouchers and restaurant vouchers for surf clubs along the Coastal Pathway route. Read more
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Mooloolaba’s transformation gains clarity

Sunshine Coast Council’s vision to transform Mooloolaba into a world class beach destination has taken another step forward and the community is invited to have a say on future planning intentions for the popular tourist hub.

“The Place Making Mooloolaba Master Plan ... will deliver a world class beachfront destination at Mooloolaba,” Cr Dickson said

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Summer of Surf ‘First National Real Estate Board Series’

The Summer of Surf 2016/2017 series kicked off today at Alexandra Headland, proudly hosted by Alexandra Headland Surf Life Saving Club. A great crowd turned out to see Harriet Brown win the Women's Board, and Rhys Burrows take out the Men's Board in the First Round of the First National Real Estate Board Race.

Catch all the action on FOX Sports.
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More than 500 jobs on show ! Wed 19 Oct 2016

19 October 2016 | Wed 10:00am - 4:00pm | TAFE Queensland East Coast Mooloolaba Campus

If you’re looking for a job, a different job or even your first job, make a date with the Sunshine Coast JobShow on Wednesday October 19. The JobShow will bring together employers and prospective employees at the TAFE East Coast campus and offer everything from entry level to professional jobs as well as apprenticeships and traineeships across a wide range of industries. Job seekers can also upload their resumes now via the event website to have them matches against suitable available jobs.
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2016 Sunshine Coast Home Show and Caravan, Camping and Boating Expo

21-23 October 2016 | Fri & Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm | Kawana Sports Precinct

The Sunshine Coast Home Show & Caravan, Camping & Boating Expo at Bokarina next Friday to Sunday is expected to draw over 13,000 visitors during the three days.

The Sunshine Coast Home Show will host an extensive range of quality home and lifestyle products including building, renovating, green living, home improvements, homewares, kitchenware, electrical, pools, spas, finance, gardening and loads more.

Caravan, Camping and Boating lovers are also catered for with the Expo. 
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Cash in on your clutter at the Garage Sale Trail - Sat 22 Oct 2016

Sunshine Coast households, schools and community groups will have the great chance to declutter and make some money at the same time by joining hundreds of thousands of people across the country on Saturday, October 22 as a part of the sixth annual Garage Sale Trail. Last year, Garage Sale Trail sellers on the Coast pocketed an average of $318 with total sales for the region on the day surpassing $61,000.

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New hotspots identified by Sunshine Coast council maps

Development and investment activity on the Sunshine Coast shows no signs of slowing down, according to the council's annual building approvals heat map.

Planning portfolio councillor Christian Dickson said the updated heat maps show building approvals are at the highest level they have been for seven years — and are a great gauge of ‘hotspots’ of activity. Read more
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The AP&ES Games Torch is on it's way !

Australasian Police & Emergency Services Games: Sat 08 - Sat 15 October 2016

Like no other event on the Emergency Services calendar, the Australasian Police and Emergency Services Games builds camaraderie and promotes a healthy life style through the participation in sport, while heightening the public's awareness of Police and Emergency Services. The games are conducted every second year at a new location which also provides competitors the opportunity to travel and enjoy a holiday at numerous locations throughout Australia and New Zealand. Read more
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Submissions open for Hackfest 2016

Here’s a great chance to be part of the Sunshine Coast’s Smart City and help our region become one of the most innovative and modern in the world.

After a successful inaugural event last year, Sunshine Coast Hackfest is back in 2016 as we link up community members keen to make a difference with coders, digital creatives, data analysts, story tellers and entrepreneurs to create apps, visualisations, websites and tools from government data sets.

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Canstar Blue announces First National Australia's leader for customer satisfaction

Customer satisfaction research and ratings agency, Canstar Blue, has announced First National Real Estate the winner of its 2016 ‘Most Satisfied Customers’ award, following customer research about the experience of homeowners, tenants and landlords with Australia’s largest real estate brands. Read more
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First National Mooloolaba & Maroochydore Prepares Community for Emergencies

First National Real Estate Mooloolaba & Maroochydore has signed up to support a major fundraising partnership that will benefit communities around Australia. The First National Foundation’s partnership with Red Cross involves First National’s 400 offices around Australia in raising money to support Red Cross Emergency Services. Red Cross Emergency Services offers a combination of information initiatives aimed at helping households and communities across Australia to prepare for, respond to and recover from a range of potential emergencies more effectively.  
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Our Award Winning Team - Queensland First National Real Estate Awards 2015

Our hard-working team of 18 were very lucky to receive a whopping total of 9 awards at the annual Queensland First National Real Estate Awards Night gala at the Sofitel, Brisbane. Read more