Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041
  • Last updated:
  • 02 Dec 2021

Council adopted the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 at its Ordinary Meeting on 14 November 2019.


The Community Strategy provides a long-term framework for how council and our community will work together to advance our shared goal of a strong community through to 2041.


The Sunshine Coast is experiencing a transformation from a regional centre to a regional city. Our community is growing each year. This growth brings exciting opportunities, however, we also need to plan and support our communities well to ensure we remain strong, continue to thrive and can adapt well to change. It is vital that council has a clear framework for the future so that people and places remain connected, inclusive and cohesive. 

The purpose of the Community Strategy is to achieve five outcomes:

  • Empower our community to live healthy and active lifestyles
  • Focus on ensuring community places and spaces are vibrant, inclusive, accessible, adaptable and meet the needs of people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds
  • Strengthen connection, inclusion and opportunity for all people in our community 
  • Build capacity in our communities to be connected, resilient and to respond to local issues
  • Nurture creative and innovative approaches to building a strong community. 

The Community Strategy consists of two parts:

2021 Community Strategy Forum – building a strong community together

Each year, Council brings the community together to create a shared, inclusive, regional identity.  The forum allows everyone to have a say and focuses on deepening our understanding of who we are through connection with each other.

Community Strategy 2020/21 Annual Report

The Community Strategy has a range of measures that are used to monitor and understand how we are progressing towards our five Community Strategy outcome areas.

The Community Strategy 2020/21 Annual Report[1044KB] draws together a range of data, stories and insights to highlight and celebrate the valuable work achieved over the past year to deliver on the priorities of the Community Strategy, in collaboration with our community partners.

Community Support - programs and initiatives

Aligned to the Action Plan priorities, council offers a range of programs, initiatives, information hubs and directories and delivers projects and campaigns to support the important work in key sectors of the community and provides activities, information and resources for the broader community. Discover what is what is currently happening in your community at Community Support.

Community Strategy Leadership Group

During February 2020, council called for Expressions of Interest for community representatives to be involved in the implementation of the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 through the Community Strategy Leadership Group.

The inaugural meeting of the Leadership Group launched in May 2020, with the group continuing to meet regularly. The group is responsible in leading and guiding the delivery of the Community Strategy's action plan, and tracking and reporting on its progress and impact.

Community engagement

Between September 2018 and July 2019, an extensive program of engagement was undertaken by council to ensure that the Community Strategy is shaped by, and reflective of, the diverse voices of our region. Approximately 1600 community members and stakeholders contributed through this engagement, with their voices and ideas creating the Community Strategy’s shared vision for the future of the Sunshine Coast as well as influencing the outcomes, priorities and Action Plan. Community engagement will continue to be one of our key methods of implementing and delivering the Community Strategy. 

Find out more about the engagement program by visiting Community Strategy past consultation on council's Have your Say site, or by reading the Community Engagement Fact Sheet[359KB].

This video provides a snapshot about what the Community Strategy is about and how it has been developed. 

Previous strategies and related council plans

The Sunshine Coast Social Strategy 2015 is superseded by the adoption of the Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041. The following documents have been incorporated into the Community Strategy:

  • Nambour Activation Plan 2015
  • Sunshine Coast Access and Inclusion Plan 2011-2016
  • Sunshine Coast Community Events and Celebrations Strategy 2011
  • Sunshine Coast Multicultural Action Plan 2017-2020
  • Sunshine Coast Positive Ageing Strategy 2011-2016
  • Sunshine Coast Community Safety Action Plan 2016-2020
  • Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan 2018-2021.

More information

For more information about the Community Strategy, please contact council.

Braille version can be accessed at the Nambour, Maroochydore and Caloundra Libraries

Accessible text version[176KB] for the visually impaired using assistive technology

Audio version