Yandina: From Staging Post to Township

Celebrating 150 years since the establishment of Yandina

Yandina: From Staging Post to Township

This digital story explores the community stories, history and significant events of Yandina. The film was launched as part of the Yandina Street Fair celebrations in August 2018.

Yandina was proclaimed in 1870, making it the first gazetted town in the Maroochy district, and one of the oldest towns on the Sunshine Coast.

Thanks to Audienne Blyth for the link to this short documentary that the Sunshine Coast Council made about our town’s origins in collaboration with the Yandina & District Historical Society.

[Video Length: 17 minutes 54 seconds. Date: 2018]

Yandina Street Fair

Yandina Street Fair 2018

Yandina Street Fair – fun for the whole family.  Free entry 🙂

‘Harmonious Communities’

Sunday 19th August 2018, 11am – 7pm


Yandina Street Fair 2018 program page 1

Yandina Street Fair 2018 program page 1. Click image to view Program page 1.

Yandina Street Fair 2018 program page 2

Yandina Street Fair 2018 program page 2. Click image to view Program page 2.

Site Plan

Yandina Street Fair 2018 site map

Yandina Street Fair 2018 Main Stage free entertainment

Yandina Street Fair 2018 Community Stage free entertainment

Sunshine Coast Plein Air Paint Out

The ‘Sunshine Coast Plein Air Paint Out’ Exhibition will be open on Sunday 19th August during the Yandina Street Fair, at YB Connections corner of Low & Farrell Streets.

All day entertainment, Main Stage, Community Stage, Market Stalls, Food, Street Performers, Carnival Amusements, Rides, Gubbi Gubbi Story Telling, Petting Zoo, No Sound Playground, Community Gardens, Art Exhibition, Local Talent, Bearded Betty, Lippia, Ironstone, The Claptomaniacs, All Stars Show Band, Good Will Remedy,  Belly Dance SC, Remembering Phil Emmanuel with the Phil Emmanuel Band, Coruno Laser Show with Dancing and Entertainers.

Yandina Street Fair 2018 Major Sponsors and Supporters

Proudly Supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program.


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Cobb & Co Coach

Yandina Celebrates 150 Years

150 years ago on the road to the Gympie Goldfields land was first selected by Europeans in what is now Yandina on the Maroochy River.

Sunday 19th August, Yandina School of Arts.

  • Doors Open 9AM;
  • Movie 10AM;
  • All Day Seniors’ Stories;
  • Historical Exhibitions;
  • Morning Tea;
  • Rides in a Coach and Four.

Yandina Street Fair begins across the road at 11AM.

A community project in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Council, Heritage Division, Seniors Week and Yandina Chamber of Commerce.

Yandina 150 years celebration Stories of our Seniors 2018

Yandina Stories of Our Seniors – Seniors Week 19th August 2018

Yandina is planning a fabulous recognition of our European 150 years, starting with Stories of Our Seniors for Seniors Week, 19th August in the School of Arts Hall.

Sunshine Coast Council are looking to celebrate with us by extending the celebrations to include all the small towns that will be turning 150.

2018 is the 150th year since land was taken up by Europeans in what is now Yandina.

The Heritage Division of Council is also preparing a short movie of our early history, which will be launched at 10am in the School of Arts Hall.

Plan your time to view the history, before you head across the road and enjoy the Yandina Street Fair.

Gayatri Gamuz Crayon, Colour Pencil and Graffito on Paper 2014

Stevens Street Gallery presents Gayatri Gamuz

Gayatri Gamuz – Soy Papel. I am Paper.

Stevens Street Gallery, 2 Stevens Street Yandina.

18 July 2018 to 25 August 2018.

Opening: Saturday 21 July 2018 – 2:00pm.

“Gamuz speaks intimately of the concerns of the 21st century, of the fragmentation of the human condition. Her resistance appears passive, but through profound visual poetics, Gamuz imagines of an alternative world order, where our histories need to be re-written with tenderness and love.”

Amrita Gupta Singh, art curator, India.

Proposed Council Planning Amendments in Yandina

Rezoning Rural Residential Land in Yandina to ‘Emerging Community Zone’

Sunshine Coast Council has proposed rezoning a parcel of land bordered by Wappa Falls Rd, Creightons Rd & Bracken Fern Rd from Rural Residential to an ‘Emerging Community Zone’.

What is an Emerging Community Zone?

The Sunshine Coast Council definition of this Emerging Community Zone is as follows:

(1) The purpose of the Emerging Community Zone code is to ensure that development is designed and coordinated to achieve safe, healthy and sustainable new urban communities which:-

(a) are well integrated with existing communities;

(b) deliver affordable living opportunities;

(c) provide an appropriate mix and arrangement of activities; and

(d) provide a best practice benchmark for ecological sustainability and the implementation of environmental enhancement and rehabilitation programs.

(2) The purpose of Emerging Community Zone code will be achieved through the following overall outcomes:-

(a) prior to the granting of any development approval or master plan approval for urban purposes:-

(i) interim land uses and other development is predominantly limited to existing uses to ensure that the future potential of the land to be used for urban purposes is not compromised; and

(ii) the sporadic or premature creation of additional lots is avoided;

(b) development in the Palmview Declared Master Planned Area is undertaken in accordance with the Palmview Structure Plan (see Section 10.2 (Palmview Structure Plan)); and

(c) development in other areas not subject to Part 10 (Other plans) is undertaken in accordance with a plan of development that appropriately addresses the matters identified below, and which is implemented via a variation approval or an amendment to the planning scheme:-

(i) development reflects any specific intent statements and local structure planning elements for the area identified in a local plan code;

(ii) development avoids as far as practicable, or where avoidance is not practicable, minimises and otherwise mitigates, adverse impacts on ecologically important areas, including creeks, gullies, waterways, wetlands, coastal areas, habitats and vegetation through location, design, operation and management;

(iii) development is designed and sited to sensitively respond to the physical characteristics and constraints of land, including flooding, steep land, landslide hazard and bushfire hazard, where applicable;

(iv) the scale, density and layout of development facilitates an efficient land use pattern that:-

(A) is well connected to other parts of the urban fabric and planned future development;

(B) supports walkable neighbourhoods that are well connected to employment nodes, activity centres, open space and recreational areas, community facilities, health and education opportunities;

(C) encourages active and public transport accessibility and use; and

Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 Amended 3 July 2017 Page 6-44

(D) maximises the efficient extension and safe operation of infrastructure;

(v) an appropriate mix of land uses and housing types is provided;

(vi) a sense of character and community inclusion is promoted;

(vii) a high level of residential amenity, personal health and safety, and protection for property is provided;

(viii) development provides for pedestrian, cycle and vehicular movement networks that maximise connectivity, permeability and ease of movement within and to neighbourhoods and other areas;

(ix) development is located, designed and operated to be responsive to the Sunshine Coast’s sub-tropical climate and minimises the use of water and energy;

(x) development does not interfere with the existing or ongoing use of adjoining rural land for productive agricultural purposes;

(xi) development occurs in a logical sequence and facilitates the efficient and timely provision of infrastructure and services prior to, or in conjunction with, the first stages of development;

(xii) development is provided with the full range of urban services to support the needs of the community, including parks, roads and transport corridors, pedestrian and cycle paths, reticulated water, sewerage, stormwater drainage and electricity and telecommunication infrastructure; and

(xiii) development does not adversely impact on the continued operation, viability and maintenance of existing infrastructure or compromise the future provision of planned infrastructure.


Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Planning Amendments in Yandina



Where? Connections at Yandina Baptist Church, crnr Farrell St & Low St

When? 7.30pm Tuesday 3 July.

Why? Re-zoning proposal will mean crowded housing, traffic snarls, parking problems, unsafe roads and more.

Sunshine Coast Council wants to include south west Yandina in the current round of amendments to its overall Planning Scheme.

It plans to re-zone a parcel of land bordered by Wappa Falls Road, Creightons Road and Bracken Fern Road from rural residential to an Emerging Community Zone. This will give the green light to developers to carve up the land into a residential development with some lots as small as 300 square metres, and possibly double storey homes.

This proposal is completely at odds with Council’s own official description of our town as ‘predominantly low density detached housing with a laid back country town atmosphere.’

  • Where is the infrastructure to support the hundreds of new dwellings and cars in a town where parking is already stretched?
  • Why has Council refused to upgrade the bridge into town that would directly link the area in question? If hundreds more vehicles use that bridge, what are the safety implications for pedestrians, school children and cyclists?

We believe the re-zoning proposal is not in our best interests until our town’s infrastructure is upgraded to support such development and expansion. If you want to hear more and provide your own feedback, we urge you to come to the meeting.

The deadline for public submissions regarding the re-zoning proposal is 6 July.

Download a blank submission form » here.

Email it: planningscheme@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Post it: The Chief Regional Officer, Sunshine Coast Council, Locked Bag 72, Sunshine Coast Mail Centre, QLD, 4560

Deliver it: Caloundra Office – 1 Omrah Avenue, Caloundra. Maroochydore Office – 10 First Avenue Maroochydore. Nambour Office – Corner Currie and Bury Streets, Nambour.

Bring it: Bring your submission to the meeting for next day delivery to Council.

It’s your town. Have your say.