Published on 8 August 2013
Sunshine Coast residents keen to take part in practical activities that will help themselves and the region become more sustainable can now pitch in via an exciting new online resource.
The Sustainable Sunshine Coast website has been jointly developed by the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council and Sunshine Coast TAFE as a free service to the community.
It is regularly updated with sustainability advice, information and news, along with details about a range of interesting activities and events across the region.
One upcoming event listed on the site is an organic vegetable growing workshop near Montville on Saturday 17 August to be led by Gary Hands of Kookaburra Organics and Lizzie Moult of Strayed from the Table.
USC’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement Professor Mike Hefferan said the website was bringing together sustainability information and resources that are particularly relevant to the Sunshine Coast.
Professor Hefferan said it was clear the local community – as individuals, interest groups and businesses – was enthusiastic about being involved in sustainability.
“So it is important that the community is provided with the best information that helps turn support into real action,” he said.
“The objective of this site is to showcase best sustainable practice in the region, demonstrate sustainability activities on behalf of the three organisations and provide evidence-based sustainability information to the general public.
Sunshine Coast Council’s Sustainability and Innovation Group Chair Alan (Fox) Rogers said the website was providing information that was easy to access and read.
“It makes a wonderful tool for Sunshine Coast students of all ages and for community members wanting to discover the latest sustainable information specific to our region,” he said.
“It can be used by anyone, from school children undertaking projects, to households, schools and businesses.”
Sunshine Coast TAFE Director Leeza Boyce said the website initiative was part of her organisation’s wider sustainability theme.
“We are particularly pleased to be working with the University and the Council to provide this information portal to the community in a free and accessible form,” she said.
— Terry Walsh