Cotton Tree Park will be transformed into a welcoming and vibrant global village for the Voices of Harmony event on March 23 where multicultural groups will connect with the community through song, story, dance, food, traditional games and activities from 10am to 3pm.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said people are encouraged to wear orange to the Voices of Harmony event which is jam-packed with a diverse range of multicultural performers originating from Fiji, Africa, Indonesia, Africa, Iran, India, Romania and the South Pacific to name a few.

“To commence the celebration, Kabi Kabi community leader Brianna Hanson will perform the Welcome to Country and talk about connecting to country and caring for traditions,” Cr McKay said.

“This will be followed by the Inspiration Choir who will perform a beautiful Acknowledgement of Country and invite the community to warm up their vocal chords for the day.

“Well known Sunshine Coast based singer-song writer Andrea Kirwin, with Fijian heritage, will entertain the crowd with her feel good island style blend of folk, funk, roots and reggae on the main stage at 10.45am.

“Some people may have seen Samoko perform at the Woodford Folk Festival where he connected the community through a fusion of ancient traditional African and modern Afro grooves and now he will be joining us on the main stage at noon.

“There will be a special performance from the USC School of Music students at 12.40pm who will perform their original anthem written for Harmony Day entitled We Sing One Song.”

Cr McKay said attending the Voices of Harmony day will be like travelling around the world experiencing different cultures at one colourful event.

“Throughout the day people will have the opportunity to sing along to a wide range of world music from Hot Ginger Chorus, New World Rhythm and Cool Harmonies and enjoy a range of cultural dance performances,” Cr McKay said.

“Besides the main stage acts, there will be all-day activities including traditional games, weaving, storytelling, children’s activities, art and crafts, a Global Hub Fashion Parade and display of unique traditional outfits and so much more.

“All this entertainment will certainly create a healthy appetite and we have that covered as well with an array of multicultural cuisines taking people on a cultural feast.

“There is no doubt our diversity helps makes the Sunshine Coast a great place to live and we invite people to visit the Harmony Day ‘Everyone Belongs on the Sunshine Coast’ photo booth to celebrate our region’s cultural diversity.”

Sunshine Coast Voices of Harmony community event

10am – 3pm on Saturday, March 23

Join in the Voices of Harmony celebrations – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Sunshine Coast and Australia home. Wear orange to show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.

Join in the conversation on council’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by sharing images and the hashtag #harmonyday.

The First Lady of British Music Petula Clark returns to The Events Centre, Caloundra for her Australian Tour on Sunday 28 April at 2pm.

The legendary film and theatre music star and two-time Grammy Award winner will present a concert of sheer enjoyment for her audiences entitled “Once More With Love”. All of her timeless hits will be featured including, “Downtown”, “I Know A Place”, “Colour My World”, “A Sign Of The Times”, “I Couldn’t Live Without Your Love”, “Kiss Me Goodbye”, “The Other Man’s Grass”, “Don’t Sleep In The Subway”, “This Is My Song” (written for her by the great Charlie Chaplin) and many others. Having sold nearly 70-million records throughout her career spanning over 69 years, Petula Clark continues to reach for even more impressive levels of perfection.

Petula Clark started her professional career as an entertainer on BBC Radio, made her film debut in Maurice Elvey-directed comedy “Medal For The General” in 1944. Her film credits have since included “Vice Versa” with Anthony Newley (directed by Peter Ustinov), “The Card” with Alec Guinness, “Finian’s Rainbow” with Fred Astaire (a role that was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress), “Goodbye, Mr Chips” with Peter O’Toole, and many others. Her recording successes led to frequent appearances on American variety TV programs hosted by Ed Sullivan and Dean Martin. she was invited to host her own TV Special in the U.S. She is in constant demand with lead roles in major theatrical productions such as “Sound Of Music”, “Blood Brothers” and “Sunset Boulevard”. In 1998 she was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II by being made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.  

Enjoy this rare musical treat with the return of a true legend, Petula Clark, at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Sunday 28 April at 2pm.

Media Quotes:

“It is hard to imagine an octogenarian pop singer who is able to get over, without nostalgia, being part of a formula. But Clark comes very close to that here, her voice still possesses a remarkable clarity, and her command of her instrument is precise” Mark Deming – U.K Music Review Critic

More than 15 kilometres of trail networks have been linked thanks to Sunshine Coast Council’s works at Eumundi Conservation Park.

Members of the Sunny Coast Trail Horse Riders Club yesterday (March 7) joined Divisional Councillor Stephen Robinson to view and experience the completed trail network near Allendale Rd at Eumundi.

Cr Robinson said this trail and others throughout the Sunshine Coast contributed to our community’s natural and physical wellbeing, and aligned with council’s vision to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.

“Across the Sunshine Coast, we have more than 600 kilometres of trails that offer a diversity of experiences for horse-back riders, mountain bikers, hikers and families looking for a leisurely outdoor stroll,” said Cr Robinson.

“Eumundi Conservation Park offers more than 15 kilometres of trails that are all linked up thanks to these recent works.

“This project’s goal was to provide a solution for about 500 metres of trail that was notoriously wet and impassable, to horse riders and hikers.

“This section of unmade road reserve separated the north and south blocks of the park, essentially dividing the park in two.

“Our council crews worked with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to provide better drainage and to build a reliable trail surface that will remain passable, even in wet weather conditions.

“The conservation park is now joined and visitors will enjoy a full trail network amongst the beautiful mix of eucalypt open forest and high value rainforest.”

The Eumundi Conservation Park has always been popular with the region’s horse riders, including Sunny Coast Trail Horse Riders Club President Chris Bourne who shared her admiration and appreciation for the completed trail network.

“As our club members are frequent riders in this park, I am grateful to see the trail extended thanks to this project’s completion,” Ms Bourne said.

“Previously, any wet weather inhibited us from fully enjoying this expansive park, and now we can take advantage of lengthier horseback rides.

“I encourage more community members to visit the Eumundi Conservation Park and experience its beautiful trails, whether you’re with a horse, on a bicycle, or simply on foot.”

Over the past few years, Sunshine Coast Council has also improved access conditions at both the southern and western entrances to allow for better access for all community members to explore this bushland area.

Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Multicultural Network Group, invites the community to wear orange and head to Cotton Tree Park on March 23 from 10am to 3pm for the Voices of Harmony event.

The event will include live performances including Andrea Kirwin, community choir sing-a-longs, cultural dance and performances, workshops, games and an array of multicultural cuisines taking people on a cultural feast around the world.

Members of the Sunshine Coast multicultural community are also invited to display their unique traditional outfits and join in the Global Hub Fashion Parade.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said the Sunshine Coast Voices of Harmony event is a time to celebrate and reflect on the rich cultural heritage of the Sunshine Coast.

“The Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan highlights our region had a diverse and growing multicultural population, with one in every five residents born overseas, representing 156 countries, 45 faiths and 96 languages,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“It also identifies the importance of recognising, respecting and embracing diverse cultures and striving to strengthen the resilience and prosperity of our multicultural Sunshine Coast.

“Events like Harmony Day enrich understanding and inclusion in our diverse communities.

“By valuing our diversity and providing equal opportunity to all, we are realising our vision for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.”

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said by participating in Harmony Day, we are celebrating the many cultures who call the Sunshine Coast home.

“The message for Harmony Day is ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians,” Cr McKay said.

“There is no doubt our diversity helps makes the Sunshine Coast a great place to live and we invite people to visit the Harmony Day ‘Everyone Belongs on the Sunshine Coast’ photo booth to celebrate our region’s cultural diversity.

“We have secured some fantastic live performers and entertainment and I encourage friends and family to come together at Cotton Tree Park to connect, to share, learn and appreciate our communities’ diversity.”

Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Sunshine Coast Voices of Harmony community event

10am – 3pm on Saturday, March 23

Join in the Voices of Harmony celebrations – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Sunshine Coast and Australia home. Wear orange to show your support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia.


·         Welcome to Country.

·         Andrea Kirwin, an earthy blend of folk, funk, roots, reggae and soul infused songs from the heart.

·         Samoko, a fusion of ancient traditional African and modern Afro grooves.

·         Join community choir sing-a-longs with Hot Ginger Chorus, Inspirational Choir and Cool Harmonies.

·         USC School of Music perform the Sunshine Coast Harmony Day Anthem.

·         Enjoy cultural dance performances and music from Indonesia, PNG, Fiji, Persia, Africa, Tonga, India and many more.

·         Join a workshop, play traditional games from around the world, hear stories and discover customs.

·         Men, women and children are invited to display their unique traditional outfits and join in the Global Hub Fashion Parade.

·         Local stallholders will provide an array of multicultural cuisines taking people on a cultural feast around the world.

Join in the conversation on council’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by sharing images and the hashtag #harmonyday.

Caloundra Music Festival brings the music and the benefits

Future funding for the Caloundra Music Festival which attracts 30,000 attendees over four days will be considered by Sunshine Coast Council at Thursday’s (February 28) Ordinary Meeting.

An independent tourism report on the 2018 Caloundra Music Festival confirmed a 17% growth in attendees since 2016.

The festival generates more than $4 million in economic benefits for the region and an additional $1 million for Queensland.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the Caloundra Music Festival had been providing significant benefits to the community, music sector and economy on the Sunshine Coast since it started in 2007.

“Since the Festival began, a number of other music festivals have started on the coast demonstrating the health of the industry,” Cr Dwyer said.

“The festival’s growth and our community’s pride in it, combined with high levels of attendee satisfaction ratings, has proven the value of having a music event like this on the Sunshine Coast.

“Recent nominations in the Queensland Music Awards for Festival of the Year – two years in a row – is also testament that this is not only an event for our region but also for South East Queensland. 

“As an all ages, family-friendly event, Caloundra Music Festival ticks the social, economic, community and cultural boxes, reflecting our vision to be healthy, smart and creative and provides a platform for high calibre local, national and international talent.

“Quality live music played alongside spectacular geography, showcases the Sunshine Coast as a destination while delivering direct economic impact and tourism benefits.”

At today’s Ordinary Meeting, council will consider referring an operational budget of $250,000 to the annual budget process for three financial years (2020/21-2022/23).

Caloundra Music Festival 2019 will be held from October 4-7.


Tickets are selling fast for the first of four In Conversation events designed to empower the Sunshine Coast community on International Women’s Day at council’s Venue 114 at 11.30am on Friday, March 8, 2019.

Join inspirational speakers, Seven Network presenter Jillian Whiting and Vanessa Fowler, Chairman of the Board of Directors, The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation raising awareness on the prevention of domestic and family violence.

Vanessa is sister of the late Allison Baden-Clay, a victim of domestic violence in 2012.  Since Allison’s death, Vanessa and her family have been committed to the formation and growth of the Foundation.

For her tireless work campaigning on domestic violence, Vanessa was recognised with a Pride of Australia medal in 2018 and most recently announced the Ipswich Citizen of Year at an Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Vanessa said she was excited to be attending the first In Conversation event at Venue 114 on International Women’s Day and celebrating the theme of ‘More Power Together’ which very much aligns with our Foundation values.

“The Foundation encourages everyone to be an effective bystander and stand up against domestic violence,” she said.

“I am honoured to be a guest speaker alongside respected journalist and presenter Jillian Whiting and to have the opportunity to share the Foundation’s mission.”

In Conversation will include a delicious grazing table style lunch by Something for Catering and beverages followed by a Q and A session and quality entertainment.

All attendees are encouraged to wear a splash of yellow, which is the Foundation’s colour.

There will be four In Conversation events in 2019 featuring inspirational speakers from all walks of life, who will deliver engaging, in-depth conversations about real life issues in our Sunshine Coast community.

Grab your 2019 diary to lock in the following dates:

  • Friday, March 8: Celebrating International Women’s Day  
  • Friday, June 21: Disability Sector
  • Thursday, September 12: R U OK Day
  • Friday, November 22: Celebrating International Men’s Day.

Sunshine Coast Council will provide any profitable proceeds to each worthy cause featured throughout the In Conversation series to assist in the development and awareness of these programs.

Ticket price is $120 per person, table of 8 for $110 per person and special seniors and students price of $80 person. Price includes food, beverages and entertainment. Prizes to be won for the best dressed.

To book visit or call 5413 1400.

In Conversation is proudly supported by Seven Network, Hot FM and My Weekly Preview.

Venue 114, formerly known as Lake Kawana Community Centre, is located at 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina and limited parking is available.

Since it began in 2016, Horizon Festival has cemented itself as the premiere arts and culture festival for the Sunshine Coast, and council today (January 31) committed to supporting the festival for another three years.

The 10-day festival sees the region comes to life in a celebration of arts and culture, engaging locals and attracting visitors from across the country.

Council has committed $665,878 to the festival each year until 2022.

Arts Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said Horizon Festival had provided significant benefits to the community, arts sector and economy on the Sunshine Coast.

“I’m extremely pleased at what the Horizon Festival has achieved and excited by the festival’s future possibilities for our region,” Cr Baberowski said.

“The first three years of the festival have proven the value of having an arts and cultural event on the Sunshine Coast, for both the arts sector and for audiences.

“Delivering the festival wouldn’t have been possible without the commitment and passion shown by our local and visiting artists – they are the reason people choose to attend festivals.

“Winning a 2018 Australian Event Award, for the Best Achievement in Marketing, Communication or Sponsorship is also testament to the great team we have working on the festival behind the scenes.

“This is not only an event for our region but also for South East Queensland and it ticks the social, economic, community and cultural boxes, reflecting our vision to be healthy, smart and creative.

“We aim to put the Sunshine Coast on the map nationally and globally and we are well on the way to achieving that goal.

 “Horizon Festival is a key deliverable of the Sunshine Coast Arts Plan and I look forward to seeing the festival continue to grow over the coming years.”

Festival facts

·         More than 128,000 people have attended the festival since it began, with 22.3% of those from outside the region.

·         2235 artists engaged, including 370 First Nations artists and 330 artists with a disability.

Supporting the future festival delivery, council has developed the Horizon Festival Development Plan 2019-2023.

The plan will aim to establish the festival as a premier arts event on the national calendar, provide pathways for local artists to develop content, skills and networks, provide locals and visitors with unique arts experiences that engage and inspire, showcase the Sunshine Coast as a sophisticated cultural destination alongside spectacular geography and deliver direct economic impact and tourism benefits.

Horizon Festival 2019 will be on from August 23 to September 1.


Sunshine Coast Libraries will celebrate their community this Library Lovers Day, February 14 with live music at all libraries and free morning refreshments.

Community Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said libraries were the best match-makers – they’ll help you find the information, book, program, author or just about anything else you’re looking for.

“People really do love their local library. It’s a great place to unwind, catchup on the latest news, learn more about technology or meet up with friends,” Cr McKay said.

“Libraries also host a range of exciting events that showcase national and international authors and speakers.

“This year’s Library Lovers Day is all about connecting and honouring the relationship between libraries and like-minded community members.

“There will be live music in the morning from a line-up of exceptionally talented Sunshine Coast musicians including Hayden Hack, Pepper Jane, Jai Bevan, Ollie Murk, Rachel Ellen, Nyssa Ray, Lauren Hutton and Rodger Bradshaw.

“It’s all free and no registration is required, so come along and enjoy the celebrations.”

Library Lover’s Day is a great time to join the library. There are more than 1300 new members joining the service each month.

Members are borrowing, downloading and streaming books, films, magazines and music.

You can borrow and return items at any of our eight libraries and two mobile libraries across the region.

Sunshine Coast Libraries have more than 385,000 items in their collection available for library card holders to borrow for free.

In 2018 more than 2.3 million items were borrowed from Sunshine Coast Libraries.

For more information visit council’s library website.

Harvest Rain CEO, Tim O’Connor, is delighted to announce that legend of the Australia stage
and screen, Simon Gallaher, will play the much-coveted role of The Wizard in THE WIZARD
OF OZ – ARENA SPECTACULAR touring Australia in 2019 – 2020.
Simon Gallaher is much-loved by audiences around Australia as a singer, pianist, concert
performer and one of our most successful theatre impresarios, having produced record
breaking sold out national tours of The Pirates of Penzance, The Merry Widow, The Mikado
& HMS Pinafore. This is not the first walk across the boards for Simon as the Wizard, as he
previously played Oz in WICKED when it toured Australia.
After an exhaustive nationwide search, newcomer Carly Bettinson will don the ruby red
shoes in the coveted role of Dorothy.
At 19 years of age, Carly is a recent graduate of the Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre
(BAMT). Growing up in Brisbane, Carly started out as an audience member attending
Harvest Rain shows, and that’s where her love of theatre first blossomed.
“I think it was always a dream in the back of my mind to be in the cast of a Harvest Rain
show one day”, says Carly. “So this really is a dream come true!”
This all-new arena production will be directed by Tim O’Connor and choreographed
by Callum Mansfield, with Music Direction by Dennett Hudson. The show features state of
the art technology, including a 9-metre tall LED Imax screen that will bring the land of Oz to
life in the arena, with wall-to-wall interactive animations by Optikal Bloc, the award winning
team whose work was recently seen in the national tour of AMERICAN IDIOT.
Says Director Tim O’Connor “Our vision for this production is quite different to the Oz we’ve
seen on stage before. The original 1939 film is one of my favourite movies of all time, but we
don’t just want to replicate the movie on stage. Playing in the arena gives us the chance to

full re-imagine the land of Oz, so our interpretation is a bit grungier and more moody, a little
less pantomime and little more steampunk. The technology we’re using to bring Oz to life for
this production is state-of-the-art and totally breathtaking. There’s 9-metre tall LED
screens wrapping around the entire set playing wall-to-wall animations throughout the
whole show so we really will feel transported into the fantastical land of Oz.”
Just like GREASE, this new arena production of THE WIZARD OF OZ will feature a large mass
ensemble of over 500 young performers who will play Munchkins, Poppies, Emerald City
Citizens, Winkies and Jitterbugs throughout the show.
Joining Carly & Simon on the journey down the Yellow Brick Road will be Chris Geoghegan in
the role of Scarecrow, Michael Nunn as the Tinman and Josh Whitten as the Lion.
Aurelie Roque will play Glinda the Good Witch, and Bil Heit will strike fear in the hearts of
children all over Oz when she plays the role of the Wicked Witch of the West. Rounding out
the principal cast will be Matty Johnston, Zane Powell, Joanna Nash, Bethany Wilson, and
Kamara Henricks alongside a large mass ensemble of over 500 young performers who will
play Munchkins, Poppies, Emerald City Citizens, Winkies and Jitterbugs throughout the

THE WIZARD OF OZ – ARENA SPECTACULAR opens at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in
April 2019, before heading to Brisbane Entertainment Centre on 13th July 2019, Adelaide
Entertainment Centre in October 2019, Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney in January 2020 and
Canberra in April 2020. Dates for Melbourne and Perth are to be announced.


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