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:

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.

Steam train to visit Yandina 3 March 2018

Steam Train to Visit Yandina, 3rd March 2018

Yandina – historic town fun to visit on the Steam Train

Full day tour to the North Coast by Steam Train

Palmwoods, Yandina & Wildlife HQ or Mapleton & Mapleton Falls

Saturday 3 March, 8:40AM–16:55PM.

Hosted by the Australian Railway Historical Society – Queensland Division.

Departing from Roma Street our train will stop to pick up passengers at Northgate, Lawnton and Caboolture. The scenery on the North Coast Line is stunning. Once suburbia is left behind the route is through pineapple and citrus plantations and passes the spectacular Glass House Mountains. Areas of virgin scrub and rain forest are also encountered en route to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

The steam train will take us as far as the thriving Hinterland town of Palmwoods.

Our travellers will then have 4 choices:-

A. Join a coach which will take you to Wildlife HQ Woombye take in what this wildlife park has to offer, see many different animals, and grab a bite to eat.

B. Join a coach to travel to Mapleton Falls, then to Mapleton where you can purchase a bite to eat, or a nice cool drink.

C. Stay in Palmwoods, have lunch at one of the several eateries or hotel and have a look around the town.

D. The train will be doing a short trip for local people to Yandina and return. You may purchase an additional ticket to travel on this shuttle. (Palmwoods – Yandina & return departs Palmwoods 11:25AM).

THE TRAIN: One of Queensland Rail’s preserved main line steam engines and wooden carriages from Queensland Rail’s heritage fleet will be used.

More information, reservations, tickets etc, visit:

Australia Day Awards 2018 nominees from Yandina

Yandina nominees Australia Day Awards 2018

A BIG congratulations to the Australia Day Awards nominees from Yandina.

(Left to Right) Nev Kane (senior citizen of the year nominee), David Tidey (citizen of the year nominee), Jacqueline Sandy (young citizen of the year nominee), and Lydon Davis (citizen of the year nominee).

Australia Day Awards 2018 nominees from Yandina

Your town is very proud of you!

Sundial plan

Yandina News – Gatekeepers Cottage, Streetscaping, Sundial & Caboolture Creek Bridge

YADCA End-of-Year Meeting 4 December 2017 Report

It was not so much what happened at the meeting as something a few days afterwards that underscored the effectiveness of YADCA as an advocate for the Yandina community.

For much of this year a recurring agenda item at YADCA’s monthly meetings has been the fate of a cottage once lived in by the gatekeeper who operated the level crossing where Wharf Street used to cross the original North Coast railway line.

Gatekeepers Cottage

Gatehouse Cottage, on Wharf St at Yandina, dates back to about 1891.

Gatekeepers Cottage, Yandina.

Built in 1891 under a government contract when the line from Brisbane to Gympie was under construction, it is one of the oldest remaining residences on the Sunshine Coast. The owner wishes to redevelop the site where the cottage currently stands but was loath to have it demolished because of its heritage value. The case was taken up by YADCA members who have for many years been lobbying for the recognition and protection of the few remaining heritage buildings in the Yandina area.

YADCA secretary Peter Baulch prepared a submission to the Cultural Heritage Services office of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson was inspired to negotiate Council’s acquisition of the cottage and rewarded by the owner gifting it, subject to its removal. Peter briefed the Mayor and all of the Councillors on the case for funding its removal and preservation and, in a heartfelt letter to Cr Rogerson, YADCA member and Chamber of Commerce president David Tidey made a telling point: “It is often seen as important to protect the large impressive homes of the wealthy but there is also a responsibility on us as a community to protect the working history of our region“.

YADCA members were thrilled to learn that at the last Council meeting of the year on 7 December, Councillor Rogerson and Mayor Jamieson provided discretionary funding to move the cottage to a site in Tea Tree Park adjacent to the Yandina Historic House art gallery and tea rooms and re-establish it there on new stumps.


Another topic that has preoccupied YADCA this year has been streetscaping in the Yandina CBD and Cr Rogerson brought to the meeting the plans that the Council has drawn up after the two rounds of consultation with the local community.

Cr Rogerson reported that Council officers are now discussing the final details with interested parties and work should begin sometime after March 2018.   It will by then be more than a decade since YADCA first began negotiating with the Council to change the Yandina CBD streetscape from having the streamlined appearance of an apologetic highway choke point to that of a welcoming village high street, but the fact that this work will finally be done is another testament to the tenacity of YADCA as a community advocate.


Yandina Sundial

Proposed Yandina Sundial.

Further encouraging news on the Yandina Sundial that is expected to attract many visitors to the town was delivered by Philip Richards.

Philip presented plans which showed clearly what an impressive feature this will be and was able to report that generous support offered by local businesses has brought the cost of construction down to a level at which the project is looking viable.

Caboolture Creek Bridge

At the recent State Election the LNP’s Dan Purdie became the inaugural MP for the new seat of Ninderry and YADCA will be looking to him to deliver on his promise to replace the one-lane bridge over Caboolture Creek on the Yandina-Bli Bli Road that has been a high-order priority of YADCA’s for several years.

YADCA will brief our new Member on the story so far so that he has a running start.

Next YADCA Meeting: Monday 5 February 2018, 7.30PM at the RSL Hall, North Street, Yandina.

Everybody welcome! If you are interested in making Yandina better please come and share your ideas with us and Division 10 Cr Greg Rogerson.

For further information contact President Marie Reeve 0487 467 270

Find out about YADCA’s Aims and Membership here »

Poetry Trail Kenilworth

Kenilworth Poetry Trail Launch

Celebrate the launch of the Kenilworth Poetry Trail site at Little Yabba Creek Picnic Grounds Kenilworth, 16th December 2017, 11.30am – 1.30pm.

Family fun day with sausage sizzle, poetry activities and face-painting, sculpture walk, displays and stalls, live country music. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

RSVP by 1 December to Judith Bandidt 0427 745 579. Email

​50th Celebrations theme – ‘From Timber to Tourism’.

Kenilworth Poetry Trail

Pente Poets website


OSCAR State Election Candidate Forum

View the complete Candidate Forum online at View News Sunshine Coast.

Candidates responses to the OSCAR Candidate Survey and other election information can be seen on the OSCAR website.

OSCAR Inc’s State Election Candidate Forum was held on Saturday 18 November 2017 at the North Shore Community Centre, 701 David Low Way, Mudjimba from 2.00pm.

  • 10 candidates from across the region will present and provide answers
  • Bring your questions for the Q & A Session
  • Followed by informal meet the candidates
  • Candidates, OSCAR & Member information available

OSCAR’s Objectives

  • To ensure local government related issues, that the Sunshine Coast community are seeking action on, are raised with election candidates prior to the election on 25 November 2017,
  • To ensure the range of issues we are seeking answers on are in line with the OSCAR members’ requirements and help to advance the reform agenda OSCAR is pursuing on behalf of our members,
  • To ensure the position of individual candidates in the 8 electorates are communicated to members so they can make an informed decision in casting their vote – keep in mind that with the 4 main parties (LNP, ALP, Greens and One Nation) and independents there could be 40 plus candidates contesting the 8 Sunshine Coast seats,
  • To get commitments from candidates and parties on issues identified by member organisations including, but not limited to:
    • Local Government Governance issues – eg ban on developer donations, confidential sessions etc
    • Primacy of our Planning Schemes
    • Handling of Local Government complaints
    • Cost of Right To Information for Not For Profit groups
    • Population Growth implications and policies to deal with this
    • Transport Infrastructure
    • Climate Change

OSCAR (Organisation of Sunshine Coast Associations of Residents)
Contact: Tony Gibson 0419 791 860
PO Box 105, Coolum Beach 4573, QLD


Yandina Village Streetscape – Draft Concept Plans

Dear Community Member,

Please find here [PDF 1.2MB] the draft streetscape concept proposals that were presented at the Community Feedback Drop In Session held last Thursday 31 August 2017.

Overall, there was good support for the concepts proposed from the majority of community members in attendance, and all feedback received will be considered further in finalising the design. Currently, we acknowledge that the main area for further consideration is around the BP Garage on Farrell Street.

Should anyone wish to make further comment and was not able to attend, we would be grateful to receive comments via this email mailbox [] up until 5pm, Monday 11th September 2017.

After the feedback period has completed, we will finalise the design and inform every one of the outcome to enable us to move forward with the streetscape approval processes with TMR (Department of Transport & Main Roads).

Our intent is to construct this project in the first half of 2018, subject to no delays in the community engagement and approval processes.

Kind regards
Sunshine Coast Council’s Place Making Team

5 September 2017