The Sunshine Coast has beat highly competitive bids from capital cities and regional centres all around Australia, to host the Australian Event Awards from 2016-2018!
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The Queensland Government has announced another 100 school zones are set to receive flashing school zone signs to improve safety for students, including 12 schools in the Sunshine Coast region.
Schools receiving flashing lights in the Sunshine Coast region are:
Burnside State School, Nambour Nambour Special School, Nambour Burnside State High School, Nambour St John's College , Nambour Kenilworth State Community College, Kenilworth Mapleton State School, Mapleton Yandina State School, Yandina Pacific Lutheran College, Caloundra Brightwater State School, Mountain Creek Eumundi State School, Eumundi Our Lady Of The Rosary School , Moffat Beach Wolvi State School, Wolvi Via Gympie
Main Roads and Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said the announcement was part of the $12 million commitment in the first Palaszczuk State Budget to install an extra 300 flashing signs over three years to enhance road safety for students.
“Another 100 school zones are set to benefit from flashing lights, improving the safety of Queensland students travelling to and from school,” Mr Bailey said.
“The flashing signs have been a resounding success since the Labor Government introduced them in 2011, with more than 600 installed in school zones across Queensland.”
Mr Bailey said the $12 million road safety program continues to go from strength to strength.
“Flashing lights will be installed at schools all over Queensland including Nambour Special School and Mapleton State School,” he said.
“Students arriving and leaving school can be preoccupied and unpredictable around roads and cars. That’s why we’re committed to improve road safety surrounding schools.”
“Flashing school lights alert and remind drivers they are entering a school zone and need to slow down.”
“A number of important factors are taken into account when assessing school sites for flashing lights, such as the accident history, traffic volumes, pedestrian movements, the speed limit and visibility.
“This isn’t something we can do on our own, we need motorists to be alert and adjust their speed when driving through school zones.” ... See MoreSee Less
Watch this exciting LED light display on the Lake Kawana Blvd bridge. It commences on the top of the hour and a great vantage point is from the rear grassed section of Lake Kawana Community Centre.
Affectionately known as ‘Pikelet’ thanks to her flat back and light colouring, this juvenile female flaback sea turtle was spotted unconscious and a long way from home in Manly Cove in November 2015 and was rescued by the team at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.
Upon initial assessment, marine experts found plastic lodged in her digestive tract, which was severely impacting her ability to eat, swim and subsequently defend herself against ocean predators.
Under 24/7 care and on a course of specialised antibiotics, Pikelet passed the offending piece of plastic, with her weight skyrocketing from 980 grams to a healthy 2700 grams, an ideal weight for a turtle that age.
To minimise her time out of water and stress levels for the journey back to Queensland, Qantas Airways offered Pikelet a one-way ticket to the Sunshine State on board a QantasLink 717 where she was greeted by curator Aaron Sproul from Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary’s sister aquarium, SEA LIFE Mooloolaba.
Arriving in Queensland, Pikelet was safely transported to SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, where she was placed in the attraction’s specialised quarantine area so she could have time to adjust to her new surroundings.
Thanks to weeks of intense planning, Pikelet was successfully released into the deeper waters off Port Bundaberg, North Queensland. Before she was released, her flippers were PIT tagged, which is a non-invasive identification tag in case she finds herself in a similar situation down the track, she can then be easily identified.
Stories like Pikelet are a prime example of how plastic in our waterways and oceans can kill or seriously injure Australia’s precious marine life.
This World Turtle Day and beyond, we would encourage Australians to seriously consider the impact their plastic consumption has on the marine environment and its amazing marine life.
On World Day for Cultural Diversity Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer pledged council's support for the Human Rights Commission's national #racismitstopswithme campaign at the Golden Beach parkrun. Congrats to ...
Some bright minds charting their future in this new technological age. ... See MoreSee Less
#sunshinecoast Mayors Telstra Technology Awards were declared tonight.
Winners were Ist -Unity College, 2nd -Sienna College and 3rd -Pacific Lutheran College
Thanks to Mai Boisen from Telstra, Zach ...
Sunshine Coast's Bid for its First National Sporting Team Dreams of the Sunshine Coast having our own national sporting team may soon become a reality, with the Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club confirming it is seeking a licence for a Sunshine Coast based team to participate in the expanded National Netball League (currently known as the ANZ Championship).
Mayor Mark Jamieson said Sunshine Coast Council was 100% supportive of the club’s expression of interest recently submitted to Netball Australia which, if successful, would be the first professional national sporting team for the region.
“Melbourne Storm and the University of the Sunshine Coast are partnering as owners of the prospective team, with Sunshine Coast Council as a key supporter,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“The team would be based at the University of the Sunshine Coast sports stadium – a national standard indoor facility – as part of the University’s High Performance Sports Strategy and ambition to be the preferred destination for elite athletes and teams.
“If successful, our first national senior sporting team will be a female team in a sporting code that is one of the fastest growing in the country.
“Providing leadership in this space is important for both Council and the University, particularly given that two-thirds of the university’s 12,500 enrolled students are female.
“Netball is the highest female participation sport on the Sunshine Coast and has enjoyed substantial growth over the past three years with more than 6600 members in local competitions.
“Council will work with the local, state and national bodies to ensure pathways for our locals from grass root to elite athletes, allowing these netballers to pursue a professional sporting career right here on the Coast.
“We still have a way to go in pursing this exciting opportunity being led by the Melbourne Storm and I look forward to being advised of the outcomes of the Netball Australia EOI process.”
With only three days remaining in 2015, Mooloolaba is getting ready to welcome in the New Year. More than 45,000 locals and visitors are expected to enjoy the celebrations at The Mooloolaba Esplanade from 4pm on New Years eve.