Almost 1000 junior gymnasts heading to State gymnastics championships

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Almost 1,000 junior gymnasts – including athletes from Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Academy, YMCA Caloundra Gymnastics Club, Maroochy Beach Gymnastics and Cooroy Gymnastics Club – will compete for the title of state champion as part of the Gymnastics Queensland Junior State Championships taking place in Brisbane between 21 and 25 September. The junior state championships is […]

Business Council looks to the future

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It’s been a productive week for the Sunshine Coast Business Council, with the peak business body welcoming the Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington MP to address more than 120 business leaders over breakfast on Wednesday morning, as well as completing its fourth think tank series with 20 key stakeholders on Tuesday.

Rhythmic gymnasts set to impress

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More than 130 gymnasts aged from six to eighteen will showcase their rhythmic gymnastics skills in the 2018 Gymnastics Queensland Rhythmic Gymnastics Multiples Challenge being held at Stretton State College this Saturday. The Multiples Challenge is a visual feast, with pairs, trios, and groups of four presenting spectacular routines with apparatus including balls, hoops, clubs […]

Business leaders discuss financial security for all

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The complicated world of finance is not for the faint-hearted and finding advice that can be trusted is often challenging and confronting. As a starting block to address this matter, Director of Ferguson Financial Planning, Tracey Ferguson, aims to open discussion with key business leaders when she and Lindy Kelly from Kelly and Co lead […]

Local gymnasts set sights on podium

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Almost 300 female gymnasts from across the North Brisbane region are putting the final touches to their routines as they prepare to compete in the 2018 Brisbane North Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Junior Regional Championships in Kedron this weekend. To be held at Delta Gymnastics Brisbane on 1 and 2 September, the event is a stepping […]

Leader of the Opposition Deb Frecklington to address business leaders

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Leader of the Opposition, Deb Frecklington MP, will present her vision for Queensland and what it means for the Sunshine Coast economy at a business breakfast at the Maroochy RSL on Wednesday, 12 September. Presented by the Sunshine Coast Business Council, in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Chamber Alliance, the breakfast will give local Sunshine […]

Stirling’s Crossing to host international endurance events

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More than 500 people – including riders and their support crews – will head to the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex in Imbil from 24-26 August to participate in one of eight rides across distances of 160km, 120km, 80km, 40km and 20km. The event, hosted by Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club, will see riders tackle the diverse […]

Gymnasts set to thrill at Queensland State Championships

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Almost 700 gymnasts from across Queensland will head to the Gold Coast for the Gymnastics Queensland State Championships for acrobatic, aerobic, trampoline and rhythmic gymnastics, between Friday, 17 and Sunday, 19 August. Gymnastics Queensland CEO Kym Dowdell said that following the success of the revised format in 2017, this year the four gymnastics disciplines would […]

Garden Expo delivers in spades for 40,000-plus visitors

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The Sunshine Coast put on spectacular weather over the weekend making for a great day out for the 40,000-plus visitors to the 34th annual Queensland Garden Expo held at the Nambour Showgrounds from Friday to Sunday. Event Manager Marion Beazley said the Expo — which is the Sunshine Coast’s biggest annual event — attracted exceptional […]

Gymnastics and surfing making waves together

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Ten high performance surfing coaches hit the tumbling mats and trampolines last Friday when Surfing Australia’s High Performance Centre hosted a gymnastics professional development workshop, to give Australia’s best surfers the competitive edge on the international stage. The full-day workshop, which was delivered by Gymnastics Queensland, gave coaches the opportunity to master a range of […]

Endurance champion retains title in freezing conditions

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It was one of Imbil’s coldest nights as over 150 riders competed in the Queensland Endurance Riders Association State Championships on Saturday at the Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Complex in Imbil in the Mary Valley. Those participating in the 160km event set off in icy conditions at midnight on Friday night and it took Matthew Gadsby […]

40,000 plants for 40,000 people

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Last year Australia’s largest sub-tropical garden expo attracted record crowds with over 40,000 visitors and this year the over 360 exhibitors — including 55 nurseries selling about 40,000 plants — are preparing for similar crowds when the 34th Queensland Garden Expo opens its gates tomorrow, Friday 13 July. Event Manager Marion Beazley said the Nambour […]

Gardens will come alive with creatures at Queensland Garden Expo

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The Queensland Garden Expo will come alive next week with a host of captivating creatures perfect for gardens big and small making an appearance on the program during the three-day event at the Nambour Showgrounds from 13-15 July 2018. This year the dedicated Living Backyard zone will return to provide Expo visitors with a wealth […]

Maroochydore developments drive Sunshine Coast property growth

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Former Australian tennis champion Mark Kratzmann has more than Wimbeldon on his mind this week, with commencement of his riverfront Sunshine Coast apartment development, The Ivy Picnic Point, soon to start. To date, almost 50 percent of The Kratzmann Group’s 37 luxury residential apartments have been sold off the plan, with strong interest from Brisbane, […]

Plenty of holiday fun for budding green thumbs

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The Queensland Garden Expo has kids covered these school holidays, with plenty of action scheduled just for young budding green thumbs across the three-day event at the Nambour Showgrounds from 13-15 July 2018. With kids under fifteen entering the expo for free, show favourites such as the Kids Garden Patch, giant playground and a range […]

State’s best gymnasts tumble to the Sunshine Coast

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In excess of 1,000 talented gymnasts from across Queensland and beyond will descend on the Sunshine Coast to represent their club in the annual State Club Championships between 29 June and 3 July. Talented gymnasts from over 30 clubs around Queensland – including Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Academy, YMCA Caloundra Gymnastics Club, Maroochy Beach Gymnastics and […]

Time to get your skates on!

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The Sunshine Coast may not be a popular winter destination for its ice and snow, however kids visiting Noosa Civic this July will experience the magic of ice skating and snowflakes while raising funds to grant wishes to sick children through Make-A-Wish. Noosa Civic centre manager Monica Lord said the school holiday activity will offer […]

QUEENSLAND STATE BUDGET COMMENTARY

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Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said that while the boost in infrastructure funding in today’s Queensland state budget was good for jobs, the increase in borrowings was concerning — especially given the annual surplus was set to triple to $1.51 billion thanks to a strong injection of mining royalties. “The stronger economy in […]

Locale attracts savvy first home buyers

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The contemporary and vibrant Sunshine Coast townhomes at Locale in Maroochydore are being snapped up with more than 85 percent of the development already sold, of these, 20 percent selling to first home buyers wanting to take advantage of the government’s grant before it expires on 30 June. Construction is due to be completed in […]

Aussies to tackle remote infrastructure project

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An Australian company has been tasked with delivering one of the world’s most remote civil and marine construction projects, with Hall Contracting having been contracted by the Government of Tokelau to upgrade reef passages and construct four new wharves in the remote island nation of Tokelau. The works — which will see Tokelauan locals benefit […]

The Retail Evolution

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Just as Uber has disrupted the taxi industry and Airbnb has impacted on the accommodation sector, retail is facing its own disruptions. Last year, we saw the collapse of many leading retail brands and this instability in the retail landscape appears to be continuing in 2018. In a period of increased competition, rising business costs […]

Security of payment reforms have serious implications for building and construction industry

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Upcoming changes to legislation within the Queensland building and construction industry will have serious implications to developers, builders, sub-contractors and suppliers, if not properly understood. Brendan Bathersby, Partner at Garland Waddington, Maroochydore, warns that significant penalties, including jail time, could be imposed for failure to comply with the new legislation. “These changes are complex and […]

Queensland Garden Expo to return in 2018

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Australia’s largest sub-tropical garden expo is back for another bumper year, with organisers announcing the 2018 Queensland Garden Expo will be held on the Sunshine Coast between 13 and 15 July. The event – now in its 34th year – is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond. […]

FEDERAL BUDGET COMMENTARY

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Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich today said there were many initiatives to be commended in the federal budget thanks to the $35 billion increase in revenue, largely due to more people participating in the workforce and more small businesses contributing taxes. “It is a reflection of a stronger economy and it’s the best […]

Girls go hard at regional championships

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As the Commonwealth Games draw to a close later this month, more than 200 female gymnasts from across South East Queensland will showcase their strength, agility and skill as part of the 2018 South East Queensland Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Senior Regional Championships being held at the Sleeman Sports Complex on 14 and 15 April. […]

Sod turned at Sage Landing

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The Sunshine Coast economy is set to receive another significant boost, with construction officially commencing at the Sage Landing residential development in Buderim this week. Michael Kain, Managing Director of Devcon Building Co — the builder appointed to construct the 13 designer homes — said more than 100 jobs would be created throughout the construction […]

Encounter Bay home backs senior health

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With the 70th anniversary of World Health Day taking place on Saturday, 7 April, local aged care home Estia Health Encounter Bay is championing the importance of keeping active in later life through the delivery of an aged care exercise program that encourages regular movement. Estia Health Encounter Bay Executive Director Karen Smith said with […]

$25 million home on show at Open Day

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Estia Health Kogarah’s new $25 million aged care home will open its doors to the public this month, and the local community is invited to come and have a look at the purpose-built facility on Saturday, 14 April. Estia Health CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said the company was delighted to showcase the home, […]

The Economic Impact of Regional Universities Corporate Luncheon

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With the Regional Universities Network recently conducting an in-depth study into the contribution regional universities make to local economies, more than 60 Sunshine Coast businesspeople will come together in Caloundra on 17 April to hear the research findings. Sunshine Coast Business Council Chair Sandy Zubrinich said Nous Group Director Jonathan Chew would deliver aspects of […]