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At Living Smart every person in every household has the ability to make simple, effective and lasting changes towards sustainable living.

To guide you through these changes, Living Smart provides comprehensive, relevant information and resources in a user friendly format.

The Living Smart Program: Homes, Solutions and Awards is a partnership of the Sunshine Coast Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council.

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Sunshine Coast "Bush Hands" May edition


Click here ( for the Sunshine Coast "Bush Hands" May edition. In this edition you will find: Recognising outstanding volunteerism - everyday environmentalist, Norm Morwood, rehabilitation of the Maroochy River Confluence and much more...Read More

"Friends of Forest Heart" Newsletter - March


Click here ( for the "Friends of Forest Heart" March Newsletter. In this newsletter you will find: next Wild Food Saturday date and bushfood recipe, new plants in store, details about our opening hours, attracting butterflies and much more...Read More

Greening Your Events Survey - Chance to win $100 gift voucher to Kunara!


The survey is open to organisations big or small that organise events. The information from this survey shall be used to guide the development of council's greening event guideline. This survey is open until 22 April when the winner of the $100 voucher for the Kunara Café and Native Nursery shall be notified. CLICK HERE ( to complete the survey for your chance to win. ..Read More

Electronics Industry Trends Report and accompanying Ethical Electronics Guide!


Baptist World Aid Australia is excited to announce the release of our latest Electronics Industry Trends Report and accompanying Ethical Electronics Guide! The second of its kind, the 2016 Electronics Industry Trends Report grades 56 companies from A-F on the policies and practices they have in place to mitigate the risks of forced labour, child labour and exploitation in their supply chains. And the results are startling. While 64% ..Read More

Why Home Battery Packs Are A Game-Changer For Australia’s Renewable Energy Future


Finally, some good news for green energy in Australia! The world-first release of the Tesla Powerwall in Oz has been met with a warm reception from solar enthusiasts around the country, with the first battery pack already installed in a Western Sydney home amid much hype. Promisingly, this groundswell of consumer interest is predicted to become an energy revolution-of-sorts, according to a report released by the Climate Council (https://www.c..Read More

Climb it for Climate


Awe-inspiring. Breathtaking. Life-giving. Along the equator stand 25 ice-capped mountains each with stunning, life-sustaining glaciers. The seasonal melt of the glaciers flows into freshwater rivers and lakes, nourishing the unique ecosystems, rare species and local communities who call these mountains home. Global warming, caused by carbon pollution from burning fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil, is rapidly melting these glacie..Read More

Oil a big 'no no' in bins


A recent noticeable increase in waste oil filled containers being placed in Sunshine Coast Council’s wheelie bins is having an environmental impact and posing a serious safety risk. - See more at: More

Construction to start on Coast’s first separated bikeway - See more at:’s-first-separated-bikeway#sthash.5FqYTuHr.szrJ7lPC.dpuf


Construction is about to start on Sunshine Coast Council’s Mooloolaba to Minyama Separated Bikeway, following extensive community consultation. CLICK HERE (’s-first-separated-bikeway)for the full article...Read More

Green Cities 2016 submissions open!


On day two of Green Cities (, we come together to hear about the projects, products, research and insights that are shaping our industry. If you’ve got an innovative, disruptive idea that needs to be heard, let this be your soapbox. Be quick as ..Read More

12 Ways to De-Stress Outdoors


Mother nature. Think of it as nature’s anti-anxiety, anti-depressant medication. When you live in an urban area or have an indoor desk job, you are very likely suffering from a lack of nature! Technically termed ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’. Studies have actually shown people who begin to exercise outdoors in a natural environment become less agitated and have an easier time focusing! Health professionals believe that exercise ..Read More