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 […]

Construction commences on $28 million Southport home

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Southport is set to welcome a new $28 million aged care home, with aged care provider Estia Health officially commencing construction at its development site on Stevens Street. Estia Health CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said the milestone had come after months of careful planning, and she was delighted to see 110-bed home being […]

Gymnasts to compete at Queensland Cup

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Woombye will play host to approximately 100 gymnasts from across Queensland as part of the 2018 Aerobic Gymnastics Queensland Cup taking place on 24 and 25 March at Nambour Christian College. Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer Kym Dowdell said competitors would be vying for a position on the Queensland state team. “The Queensland Cup presents […]

Kogarah home welcomes first residents

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The St George area’s newest aged care home has welcomed its first residents, with 40 people moving into Estia Health Kogarah on 20 March. Estia Health CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said after a construction period spanning almost two years, she was delighted to see the $25 million home open its doors. “Move-in day […]

Sage Landing 90% sold

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Developer HMR Projects has this week announced stage one of Sage Landing in Buderim is 90 per cent sold, with the company now preparing to launch the second stage of the development in the coming weeks…

School holiday haven to hit Noosa

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School holiday chaos is set to be a thing of the past, with a range of local wellbeing specialists banding together this April to create a mindfulness sanctuary for parents and children at Noosa Civic shopping centre. HAVEN Mindful and Creative Space will operate between Tuesday, 3 and Sunday, 29 April, offering a creative outlet […]

Business Council commends Coast rail connect effort

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The Sunshine Coast Business Council has commended the efforts of Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien and Stockland Regional Manager Ben Simpson following today’s announcement that the North Coast Rail Connect project will receive federal funding for a full business case under the $20 million Faster Rail Prospectus. The project is one of just three nation-wide […]

Competition heats up in South East Queensland

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2018 Gymnastics Queensland Senior Regional Championships (SEQ) More than 100 gymnasts from across South East Queensland will showcase their strength, agility and skill this month as part of the 2018 South East Queensland Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Senior Regional Championships being held at the Brisbane Grammar School Indoor Sports Centre on 24 and 25 March. […]

Breakthru calls for schools to showcase music and dance skills

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Sunshine Coast, 7 March 2018: Sunshine Plaza is calling all budding school-age musicians and dancers to showcase their creative talents, with expressions of interest now open for the 2018 Breakthru School Music and Dance Competition. The event – now in its fifth year – sees primary and secondary schools from across the Sunshine Coast compete […]

Queensland gymnasts dominate in Commonwealth Games selection

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Six Queensland gymnasts have been selected to represent Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, following stellar performances at the artistic gymnastics trials held in Canberra recently. Gymnastics Queensland CEO Kym Dowdell said Queenslanders would make up 60 per cent of the national Mens Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) and Womens Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) teams, which will compete […]

Construction completed at $25 million home in Kogarah

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Construction of a much-anticipated, $25 million aged care home in Kogarah is now complete, with the building set to be officially unveiled in the coming weeks. Estia Health CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said building had commenced on-site in April 2016, so she was thrilled to be celebrating this important milestone close to two […]

Countdown to construction at Sage Landing

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With civil works now nearing completion at the Sage Landing development in Buderim, construction will commence early this year, generating more than 60 local jobs. HMR Projects Director Ken Reed said Devcon Building Co — the builder appointed to construct stage one of the development — would kick-start works in early February. “While the heavy […]

Free shoe fittings for Coast kids

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With recent research from the UK suggesting more than a quarter of children wear the wrong sized shoes, a Sunshine Coast podiatry company is tackling the challenge head-on, offering free back-to-school shoe fittings for students in the lead-up to the 2018 school year. Principal of Dan Everson Podiatry, Dan Everson, said the average child spent […]

Sporting great serves up luxury development

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He’s represented Australia in the Davis Cup, played 44 grand slams, won tennis tournaments alongside the likes of Pat Cash, and now, tennis great Mark Kratzmann is serving up his latest venture off the court, launching a riverfront property development – The Ivy Picnic Point – on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The undertaking is far from […]

$25 million aged care home opening soon in Kogarah

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With Estia Health’s new $25 million aged care home in Kogarah well into its final stages of construction, the team are looking forward to opening the 72-bed home in March 2018. Estia’s CEO and Managing Director Norah Barlow said the state-of-the-art facility would be welcoming residents moving in from their Blakehurst home, which will close […]

Business Council names board

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At yesterday’s Annual General Meeting in Marcoola, the Sunshine Coast Business Council (SCBC) appointed nine board members to drive the organisation forward over the coming 12 months and advocate on behalf of the business community. The board remains largely unchanged from the 2016 Annual General Meeting, with the exception of accomplished business executive Bridget Murphy […]