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Media Release
Lesa Bell | | 0428 193 156

Hinterland Halls unite to celebrate 50th anniversary

The 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast is officially commemorated on August 1, and small halls scattered across the Sunshine Coast, will be lighting up the hills to celebrate with a Festival of Community Halls. Throughout August, over eighteen halls will host a series of events and activities unique to each of their communities. The festival also highlights the important role halls have played in creating the social fabric of our region, and will continue to do so.

The Sunshine Coast Council plans to celebrate our identity, engage our community and showcase our history and future on the Sunshine Coast. Having received commemorative funding to undertake the project, Gheerulla Hall president, Mary Ann Law initiated the project, “With halls in our communities having such historical significance, we have the opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the people and places that have shaped and defined the Sunshine Coast. Small halls have been integral to community life for over a century and communities today can learn of the importance of this type of activity to our well being and social development as a community.”

Hall activities includes everything from fairs to morning teas, old time dances, art exhibitions, historical walks, a rockabilly night, films and cabaret, all reminding us of the beauty of our region, the diversity of our communities and the relevance of a communal space in contemporary society. It raises the question, “When was the last time I attended my community hall? Do I know what happens in my local hall?”

A website is being developed to not only highlight the month long celebrations, but to provide updated information on the activities held in over 28 local halls throughout the Sunshine Coast.

Go to for information on the festival and follow them on Facebook.

Any enquiries or interest in getting your hall involved can be made on 0428 193 156


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