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SUNSHINE COAST RECREATION CENTRE The Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre has undergone a $7.1 million facelift, with accommodation, dining and activity facilities receiving a major overhaul.

We’ve kicked off our celebrations for a very special year — the 50th Anniversary of the Naming of the Sunshine Coast. This is an exciting time for our region as we celebrate and commemorate the people who have shaped and defined the Sunshine Coast. This milestone also allows us the opportunity to celebrate our coming of age and look forward to what is surely going to be a very bright future. With the development of the Maroochydore CBD greenfield site, expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport with its newly acquired international status, the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, our innovative Sunshine Coast Solar Farm and our first national sporting team, the Lightning netball squad, this is an era of great progress for our region. In September last year, we launched the 50th Anniversary Fund as a way of further engaging our community in these milestone celebrations. We had an overwhelming response, with more than 30 local community groups applying to be part of the celebrations and add to a calendar that has something for everyone. We were able to select a rich and diverse range of events, projects and activities to celebrate our history, lifestyle and local community. Community days, a street fair, an outdoor movie night, art exhibitions, a commemorative cookbook, concerts,

musical tributes, heritage exhibitions, and an open cockpit weekend are just some of the local community activities funded by the 50th Anniversary grants. It’s a great selection for our residents and visitors to enjoy. If you are interested in joining the party, there is still time to apply for the second round of Category A Grants, which closes on Friday, May 19. Check our council website for details: A unique component of the celebrations is the 'SC50 Memory Mobile', which was officially launched at the Maroochydore Library. The specially commissioned mobile photo booth allows residents to record their fond memories — their personal connection and history of the Sunshine Coast — and is travelling throughout the region during the year.

Included in the redevelopment is an indoor rock wall known as ‘The Rock Face’, and a two-storey caving system called ‘The Caves’, which is the first of its kind in Australia, and the longest of its type in the world. NEIL MCNULTY, SUNCOAST WEB SOLUTIONS '

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We’re inviting residents to share their favourite memories, photos, recollections and reminisces with our 50th Anniversary team. This anniversary celebration is a great opportunity for us to showcase our history and future and celebrate our unique identity as a region. I encourage everyone in our community to take pride in this milestone for our region and enjoy and take part in the celebrations. Keep an eye on the events calendar on council’s website and help us have a fantastic year. c

Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Mayor

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson keeps Matters Magazine readers up-to-date on what’s happening on the Coast.

RENEE NAPTHALI, CARAVAN RV CAMPING Renee grew up living and breathing caravans throughout her childhood and knew she had something more to give to the industry. With big plans and even bigger dreams, Renee launched Caravan RV Camping — an online store, selling caravan accessories to keen campers all over Australia. Renee is driven and ready to share her love for travel and caravanning with people of all ages. She looks forward to seeing where this journey will take her.

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