May 1, 2017
There’s no place like home
Between Profile Magazine celebrating 100 issues and the Sunshine Coast marking 50 years since the naming of the region, I can’t help but feel a sense of whimsical nostalgia, thinking of how far we’ve all come, while being overcome with excitement of what the future holds.
As I sit at my desk and write this month’s column, my view out the office window is of six men in citrus-coloured high-vis clothing and white hard hats pouring the concrete foundation of a new mixed commercial and residential building skirting the new Maroochydore CBD.
And no I’m not about to break into song, throwing my arms into the air to the beat of Y.M.C.A, my point is that it’s an exciting time to be on the Sunshine Coast, and in my nearly 30 years of living here, I’ve never felt such a sense of purpose and change within the community.
My earliest memories of the Coast are spending time at the local tourist attractions with my mum, dad and younger sister – birthday parties tasting honey and playing in the ‘house that Jack built’ at the Superbee; testing my true grit with the number four and five slides at Olympia Theme Park; and of course eating parfaits at the Big Pineapple and riding the nut mobile through the macadamia plantation.
The Coast is a unique place, it’s become a melting pot of opportunity, where people from across Australia and further afield come to better their lives.”
The Sunshine Coast was a great place to grow up (and still is), and while it’s sad to see many of the attractions which brought so much nostalgic joy to my generation are no longer operating, there’s a different type of thrill to seek.
It’s a time of confidence and change, all you have to do is look around and you can see new businesses setting up shop, residential estates breaking ground both literally and figuratively and multi-storey buildings under construction.
In the three weeks prior to writing, 180 development applications had been submitted to Sunshine Coast Council for a whole host of projects including aged care facilities, multiple dwelling units, roadworks and proposed carports and garages – an indication growth is strong from large-scale developments right through to DIY home improvements.
The Coast is a unique place, it’s become a melting pot of opportunity, where people from across Australia and further afield come to better their lives, whether that be in a richer sense by obtaining higher paying jobs, or establishing their own businesses; to bask in our glorious lifestyle of never-ending summers; or to capitalise on educational opportunities for their family.
All that and the fact you can be standing on the beach one minute, the ocean lapping at your feet and within half an hour you can be atop the mountain ranges of the Hinterland, taking in the lush expanse.
I love that the place I’m proud to call home is held in such high esteem, and while it’s easy to become complacent when you’ve been here for so long, that pride is always restored when I return home having visited interstate or overseas, from the moment my feet hit terra firma and I take a deep breath of fresh air.
After all, there’s no place like home.