Be sure to check your local council for information on local parks, watering restrictions, garden competitions, environmental issues etc within your city or shire.
Hervey Bay Orchid House
Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens. This page includes schedule of talks and other events at the Orchid House
Eumundi War Memorial
Information about the trees in Memorial Drive and Gridley Street, Eumundi. Queensland Heritage Register, Environmental Protection Agency
Community website addressing local environmental and social issues
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Suburbs, towns, and districts covered by this page include: Glasshouse Mountains, Beerburrum, Beerwah, Peachester, Landsborough, Caloundra, Mooloolah, Maleny, Eudlo, Palmwoods, Buderim, Kunda Park, Chancellor Park, Sippy Downs, Eumundi, Maroochydore, Montville, Woombye, Didillibah, Bli Bli, Nambour, Yandina, Hunchy, Flaxton, Dulong, Wootha, Conondale, Booloumba, Obi Obi, Coolum Beach, Peregian Beach, Noosa Heads, Tewantin, Cooran, Gympie, Cooroy, Imbil, Eumundi, Kenilworth, Gunalda, Neerdie.
Some older news which may still be of interest to Sunshine Coast residents has been retained below.
USC identifies backyard-appropriate koala tree for SEQ
A University of the Sunshine Coast team, led by Dr Stephen Trueman, have spent nine years researching which koala-friendly trees are most suitable for urban South-East Queensland, including backyards. They assessed around 20 species and variants, including grafting experiments. The only one that grew well and stayed sufficiently small was Eucalyptus kabiana ( Mt Beerwah mallee), reaching 6m in seven years. They can provide food and habitat for koalas and should be useful in creating corridors between existing habitats well away from dangerous roads. The first 350 seedlings to be planted across the Moreton Bay Region were given to the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Pine Rivers Koala Care Association at the project launch. The next step is to assess them in various locations with different soil types. Source: Dwarf gum tree plantings to help safeguard koalas (July 2016)
More for kids at Whipbird Walk
The latest stage of the Whipbird Walk children's experiential garden has been achieved with completion of the Whipbird Village. Located inside Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Whipbird Walk incourages discovery and interaction with nature. New additions include carved granite whipbird eggs and "pods" of native plantings within a network of enticing trails. Source: A new children's experiential garden unveiled to inspire and delight (April 2016)
New Hervey Bay bushland has many benefits
Bushland is being re-created along the Link Mobility Corridor between Urraween Road and Bay Drive for beauty and environmental benefits. The more than 12,000 plants will help create a wildlife corridor linking to the Greig Dry Vine Forest in Stirling Drive and improve water quality in Eli creeek while reducing the need for mowing. Many of the plants have come from local seed collected by volunteers in Fraser Coast Regional Council's Community Environment Program. Source: Corridor to be shaded by regenerated bush (June 2015)
Tree vandal brings tools
Public trees along the at Pialba (Hervey Bay) have been vandalised in a premeditated attack involving a saw. Lower limbs and hanging roots of figs along the Seafront Oval Esplanade were cut and six Coastal She Oaks on the dunes were cut down. The cut material was then hidden in hollows among the dunes. Anyone with information about the crime should contact Fraser Coast Regional Council on 1300 79 49 29. Source: Seafront Oval trees vandalised (May 2015)
Butchulla People's garden interprets Fraser Coast environment
The Fraser Coast Cultural Centre has a new garden featuring plants that traditional owners the Butchulla People used to mark the changing seasons across the Fraser Coast. Designed in cooperation with the Elders, the garden helps to explain how the Butchulla People's intimate knowledge of the environment helped them live in harmony with it. It is planned to continue to develop this area as a community space. Butchulla Season Garden opened (May 2015)
New plantings to welcome Buderim visitors
The major entry points to Buderim are in the process of being enhanced with specially-designed landscape plantings. The Mooloolaba Road entry is based on the dry eucalypt type of vegetation in this area, with the entry sign itself enhanced by banksia, bottlebrush, lomandra and grass trees.
The planned Crosby Hill Road entry will incorporate local native plants including lilly pilly, grey myrtle, tree ferns and golden penda. Source: Buderim makes an entry statement (March 2015)
Tree replacement won't let poisoners win
It has been confirmed that a dead Casuarina glauca on the Golden Beach foreshore was poisoned. Unfortunately, it will have to be removed. Sunshine Coast Council will promptly replaced it by a new specimen of the same species, with a high level of protection and monitoring during its establishment. Anyone convicted of poisoning a tree could face very heavy fines. Source: Calling for community support in protection of tree (August 2012)
Australian natives, Japanese style
The new Japanese Tea Garden at Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden features traditional design elements of a Soto Roji (outer tea garden), but is planted with species native to Sunshine Coast. The plants were chosen on the basis of similarities to the species that would have been used in Japan. Australian plant themed Japanese style garden unveiled (August 2012)
Cotton tree climbers' tradition to continue
Replacement cotton trees will be planted following flood damage to beloved climbing trees in the Cotton Tree (Sunshine Coast) area: Council plants a number of new cotton trees in Cotton Tree (June 2012)
Caloundra fig saga continues
Four figs on Bulcock Street, Caloundra have been strengthened with a "rod and cobra" bracing system to reduce safety concerns. However, the trees will eventually be removed as part of the management plant developed for the trees. Recent inspections have indicated the prognosis for the trees is worse than previously believed. Source: Firming up four fig trees on Bulcock (June 2012)
Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has been announced the Overall Winner of the 2012 Tidy Town awards. It also took out categories in community action and litter prevention. Organised by Keep Australia Beautiful, the awards recognise efforts made in improving the local environment and general sustainability of regional and rural communities. (May 2012)
Landsborough environment to benefit from new nursery
With the help of Sunshine Coast Council, Barung Landcare will soon have a native nursery in Landsborough on the site of a former ostrich farm. It will supply the area with plants grown from locally collected seed. Read more at the Council's website: Council support for Barung Landcare (December 2011)
Land link for Sunshine Coast flora and fauna
Sunshine Coast Council has purchased over 200 hectares to form a link between Maleny National Park and Kondalilla National Park. The block is currently a mix of remnant vegetation, regrowth and cleared land. Restoration work will further enhance its value as a wildlife corridor into the future. Source: Koalas, possums and wallabies say thanks (August 2011)
Residents and visitors to Kenilworth will soon enjoy upgrades to two parks. The bush tucker garden at Isaac Moore Park will be extended and shade trees added to the lawn, while Charles Street Park is to undergo some returfing, tree planting and revegetation work on the river bank. More at Sunshine Coast Council: Kenilworth parks progress (July 2011)
Myrtle rust in Hervey Bay
After discovery of the fungus on a plant in Urangan, surveillence in the Hervey Bay area and Fraser island will be conducted. Source:
Myrtle rust spreads to Hervey Bay (May 2011)
Sunshine Coast Council releases composting DVD
Sunshine Coast residents who can't attend one of the council's compost and wormfarm workshops can now learn at home with a new DVD. "Compost Worm Farms and Everything in Between" is freely available from Sunshine Coast Council offices, libraries and online at their website. It includes information on setting up and maintaining an organic recycling system and producing free fertiliser at home. More information: Free DVD helping residents recycle in their own backyard (May 2011)
Muller Park works to start soon
Sunshine Coast Council say that the first stage of the five-stage master plan of the 45 Ha site at Bli Bli will commence soon. Source: Muller Park Master Plan magnificent (April 2011)
Reprieve for Theebine trees
A plan to remove seven large trees to build a carpark at the school in Theebine (near Gympie) is to be modified after protests from the town's residents. A more modest design will be implemented at the small school. Source: Theebine's School Trees Saved (April 2011)
Myrtle Rust reaches Sunshine Coast
Infected plants have been found in a park at Noosaville. Media release: Myrtle rust confirmed in parkland in Queensland (8th February 2011).
Sunshine Coast compost trial
In a first for Queensland, the Sunshine Coast Council is embarking on a composting trial in food and garden waste will be collected in a separate wheeelie bin. This will be used to create a high-grade compost. 500 residents will be particpating in the trial initially. If successful, this could be a way to keep these materials out of landfill and recycling the nutrients they contain, avoiding the associate greenhouse gas emissions while producing a valuable soil improver. Source: Coast residents join Queensland first trial (February 2011)
Future for Bulcock Street figs decided
Sunshine Coast Council will gradually remove and replace some of the fig trees on Bulcock Street, Caloundra, as part of the area's Streetscape Master Plan. Three trees in the roundabouts will be retained, but sixteen figs will be removed due to the threat their roots pose to pipes, pavenments and structures. A list of suitable replacement species is being developed. Source: Community support for fig tree replacement (December 2010)
Congratulations, Queensland Garden Expo
The Queensland Garden Expo, which is held annually in Nambour, has won the Festivals and Events category at the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards. It will progress to judging for a national award, to be announced in March next year. (November 2010)
Funding for environmental restoration & conservation on Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Council is encouraging rural landholders to apply for grants to assist with environmental protection such as revegetation, fencing and weed control. Read more at their website: Landholder funding to help protect region's biodiversity (February 2010).
Garden waste wheelie bins arriving on Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Council have had almost 4000 people sign up for garden waste wheelie bins prior to commencement of the service, which costs $72 per year. Source: Garden bin's roll-out to the kerb from November (October 2010)
Help for Bli Bli pond
Refurbishments to improve water flow and deter nesting ibis and egrets will help address stagnation and algal blooms problems in Bli Bli pond. Sedimentation, bird waste and inadequate flushing have contributed to the poor health of the pond, which was created 50 years ago. Paperbark trees have also suffered, due to the water level being consistently too high.Council to nurse Bli Bli pond back to health. (July 2010)
Sunshine Coast residents keen to grow their own
Three workshops on fruit and vegetable growing being held in Sunshine Coast libraries in November were booked out even before the they were advertisised. The Sunshine Coast Council plans to run more next year and suggest residents contact their local library to reserve a place. More information here: Public hungry for backyard veggies (November 2009).