Exploring excellence in engagement

What does an engaged community mean to you?

We are developing a concept for a centre of excellence in community engagement and we took to the streets to hear your views.

Throughout August and September we hit the streets, visiting six locations, to explore what excellence in engagement looks like with you.

Residents and visitors alike were invited to step up to one of our roving photo booths to have a say on what an engaged community means to them and took home a free photograph as a keepsake.

For those who missed the opportunity to make it to one of our roving events, there was also the opportunity to provide comment via the online Guest Book.

The public consultation period for the Exploring Excellence in Engagement program finished on 26 September 2017.

Check out what the community had to say. #engagedsc


Where to from here

Council has recently signed a Regional Partnership Agreement with the University of the Sunshine Coast to collaborate on reviewing our community engagement approach.

This Exploring Excellence in Engagement program is the first step in a community visioning process to develop a concept for a centre of excellence in community engagement.

This community feedback will be used to inform:

  • Continued development towards a centre of excellence in community engagement
  • A review of council’s Community Engagement Framework.

Further opportunities to have your say will be promoted as the project develops.


Contact us

For more information, contact council's customer contact centre on (07) 5475 7272 or email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.


What does an engaged community mean to you?

We are developing a concept for a centre of excellence in community engagement and we took to the streets to hear your views.

Throughout August and September we hit the streets, visiting six locations, to explore what excellence in engagement looks like with you.

Residents and visitors alike were invited to step up to one of our roving photo booths to have a say on what an engaged community means to them and took home a free photograph as a keepsake.

For those who missed the opportunity to make it to one of our roving events, there was also the opportunity to provide comment via the online Guest Book.

The public consultation period for the Exploring Excellence in Engagement program finished on 26 September 2017.

Check out what the community had to say. #engagedsc


Where to from here

Council has recently signed a Regional Partnership Agreement with the University of the Sunshine Coast to collaborate on reviewing our community engagement approach.

This Exploring Excellence in Engagement program is the first step in a community visioning process to develop a concept for a centre of excellence in community engagement.

This community feedback will be used to inform:

  • Continued development towards a centre of excellence in community engagement
  • A review of council’s Community Engagement Framework.

Further opportunities to have your say will be promoted as the project develops.


Contact us

For more information, contact council's customer contact centre on (07) 5475 7272 or email mail@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.


The community were invited to share their views on what an engaged community means to them, by completing the enquiry: "To me, an engaged community..."

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

I think we have a wonderfully engaged community; there are so many, many examples of how we work, play and help each other when times get tough. I just wonder if our councillors are engaged with our community? It is all good and fine to talk the rhetoric of 'engagement' when there is so little example of this from the Council. Its focus is only on development and construction, with very little community interaction; its bureaucracy stifles any engagement process! I have yet to see some serious community engagement from our elected Divisional Councillors. Don't ask if the community is engaged; the question should be: is the Sunshine Coast Council engaged with its community and constituents? There are many examples of local councils around Australia that have a tremendous relationship with their community that is healthy and engaged and collaborative. I would like to see this happen here!

mhenning about 2 years ago

Is Maleny....I like the vibe here, a lovely place. Almost everyone makes eye contact and says hello. Theres a mix of people who on face value seem to get along. The street is vibrant, lots of art and quirky cute shops. Lots and lots of organics here. The IGA blew my mind, I reckon half of its products are organic, at least!!! I have never seen that before in a supermarket. The demand is here. There are a lot of community things going on in a really effective community wide cooperative way. The people of this town are dictating how they want their community to be, its really amazing. Thats how how healthy empowered self determining communities look......(Female respondent, Maleny pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Has their views taken seriously when money has gone into a community consultation, not ridden roughshod over (i.e. Sekisui). An engaged community is worked WITH, not against (i.e. Buderim Food Streets).(Female respondent - Facebook)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is one that cares for its environment and that care is respected by the council. The community of Coolum and Yaroomba DO NOT want a high rise development at Yaroomba, but will the Council respect that engagement of the community? We certainly hope so. The community is VITAL for an engaged society. Foreign companies don't care about community, only profits.(Male respondent - Facebook)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is one where everyone cares for the members of the community. That would be a start.(Female respondent - Facebook)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is putting differences of opinions aside, where people join together for the common good to connect with and care for one another regardless of personal beliefs.(Female respondent - Facebook)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Knows the people in its neighbourhood.(Female respondent - Facebook)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

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Nathan McIntyre about 2 years ago

is one where people who want to start a community not for profit group can easily start one. At the moment they cannot if they need to run the group in a hall unless they pay the rent out of their own pockets until the group is financially stable. Even Council libraries now charge an hourly rate. SCC is all talk and no action where community groups are concerned. How about Council discuss having loans available for people who wish to start a community group? Leaders work hard for no payment and need help to get started.

Squiress102 about 2 years ago

Is inclusive.Is equality and collectiveness.Is love, harmony, peace, tranquillity and balance.Is acceptance, diversity, individuality.Is communication, networks, relationships.Values all types of voices (including youth).(Group response, Speak Up Engage participants)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is where people feel connected and heard!(Female respondent, Speak Up Engage participant)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is involved in the Arts.(Female respondent, Speak Up Engage participant)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Means that everyone is included and actively involved.(Female respondent, Speak Up Engage participant)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is aware of individual differences and doesn't seek to demean each other because of these differences.(Male respondent, Speak Up Engage participant)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is an accepting and supportive community, who involves all religions, cultures and races.(Female respondent, Speak Up Engage participant)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Has places for us to come together, have fun and meet new people.Love, peace, balance.(Female respondent, Speak Up Engage participant)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is having every single person in the community known personally by at least one council member in a position of power / influence.(Male respondent, Speak Up Engage participant)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Participates in activities to benefit the community (individuals and organisations), and works towards a collective vision.(Male respondent, Mooloolaba pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Is having a decent venue for arts and music.(Female respondent, Mooloolaba pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago

Treats the whole of the Sunshine Coast region equally (e.g. funding).Is courteous to all and accepting of the many diverse views of individuals.Is increased cycle paths, activities and facilities.(Female respondent, Mooloolaba pop-up)

SCC Community Engagement Team about 2 years ago