History repeats: Stories making headlines then and now
THEY say history often repeats itself, and the news that’s made an impact on Sunshine Coast residents is no exception.
As dedicated readers and staff prepare to farewell the Daily in its printed form, it’s time to take a look at what was making headlines in the region during 1980.
From development debates to the countrywide issues now dominating the news cycle, it seems that some things will never change.
Here are the stories that were affecting residents in the Daily’s first edition, compared to now.
The Maroochy Shire Council was to take the initiative to upgrade the Sunshine Coast Airport, then known as the Maroochy Airport, to medium jet standard.
At a special meeting, the council agreed to evaluate the runway of the present strip and prepare a submission to the Department of Transport for the upgrading of the airport to medium jet standard.
Shire chairman E. O. De Vere said if the council could show economic justification for the upgrading, the Federal Government would pay the full cost.
On a historic day for the region, the new $334 million international standard runway was officially handed over from council to the Sunshine Coast Airport.
In a livestreamed address on June 12 to mark the occasion, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said the capabilities the new runway would provide for decades to come could not be understated.
Cr Jamieson said the expanded Sunshine Coast Airport would contribute more than $4.1 billion to the local economy over the next 20 years and generate about 2230 jobs in that time.
Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister F. Chaney said the Aboriginal community was the most seriously deprived race in the country.
Mr Chaney rejected a charge that state and federal land policies discriminated against white Australians.
He said the indigenous population had the highest death rate, infant mortality rate, unemployment rate, were more prone to illness and were the least well-housed.
Hundreds of protesters took to Cotton Tree Park at the beginning of the month to fight against the racial injustice experienced by the indigenous community.
Marching in solidarity with the uprising in the US, Coast residents also called for an end to the amount of Aboriginal deaths in custody recorded in the country.
The impacts of the worldwide protests continue to ricochet, with Nestle most recently promising to rename its Red Skins and Chicos lollies which many say are derogatory.
Russell Hall had views on retaining a Queensland flavour in architecture, but his thinking on high-density housing for the Coast added a radical new dimension to the ongoing debate.
The architect believed high-density housing should be allowed to increase, and a classic example was on the Buderim escarpment, which could be developed to high, inoffensive buildings.
Mr Hall said on such slopes it was possible to construct seven-storey buildings with a mid-level entry point, three floors up and three down, with no lifts.
The debate on high-rise developments in Buderim continue to engage readers, with both sides of the argument represented.
In March, Sunshine Coast councillors voted to a extend a five-star luxury resort’s development approval by four years, against the advice of its own planning team.
Badderam Eco Luxe Resort includes 111 hotel suites, restaurants, conference facilities, a wellness spa and a rail car to access cabins down the Box St, Buderim escarpment.
But environmental advocate Narelle McCarthy maintains the Buderim plateau is an inappropriate location for the development.
And in Buderim’s main street, calls were made for a multistorey carpark to ease traffic flow and the burden on small businesses losing trade and customers.
The Yandina Ginger Factory was being expanded just three months after its official opening.
Buderim Ginger Growers’ Co-operative Association general manager Tom Hayes said 48 more concrete storage vats were being installed along with syrup and brine equipment.
Mr Hayes said the Yandina expansion would not hasten the closure of the Buderim factory, forecast for about 1990, but the increased demand for ginger products might mean Buderim remaining in service longer.
The major tourist attraction remains a prominent piece of the Coast’s identity as more upgrades are made to the site.
Last week it was announced Buderim Ginger had received a takeover offer for its ginger assets from Global Foods.
Under the proposed offer, Global Foods will offer $8.3 million for the ginger division of Buderim Ginger on a going concern basis subject to necessary adjustments for assumed liabilities, employee entitlements and working capital.
The factory is also set to welcome guests back to Yandina after coronavirus restrictions on Saturday, with a new shop fit-out, a cafe menu and Moreton the train back on the tracks to be the latest facility upgrades.
Federal Minister for Health Michael MacKellar officially opened the Buderim Private Hospital on July 5 when he unveiled a plaque at the entrance to the $1.5 million hospital.
About 70 guests, including Member for Fisher Evan Adermann and Maroochy Shire chairman E. O. De Vere, attended the opening.
The hospital had 48 beds and a staff of 30, and was owned by 93 unitholders.
The vision of one woman to provide accessible healthcare for all Coast residents continues to ring true today as the Buderim Private Hospital celebrates four decades of servicing the region.
General manager Karen Clark said staff were proud to carry on the legacy of a local GP’s wife, Elsa Wilson, whose goal was to build the hospital in Buderim.
After 40 years, the not-for-profit organisation now boasts 190 patient beds, two cardiovascular theatres and employs almost 800 Coast residents.