OUR hats are off to the fabulous work done by a committed group of young Sunshine Coast business people who have re-energised central Maroochydore and, in the process, brought significant growth to the regional economy.
The Maroochydore Revitalisation Association certainly lives up to its name.
It established its credentials with the Nights on Ocean and the annual Ocean Street World Festival, events that heralded the emergence of a dining and entertainment precinct that has been embraced by the community.
Coupled with James Birrell's Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival, the resultant energy has breathed new life in what had become the dead heart of the coastal strip.
The Maroochydore Revitalisation Association has now announced its latest venture, a Duporth Lights street festival, a three-night winter event which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast.
The three-night winter event will see images looking back over the last 50 years, the present and future projected onto the walls of buildings in the manner of Melbourne's Gertrude Street Projection Festival.
The move repeats a formula tried and tested by the association of using the arts as the vehicle to drive fresh interest in and commerce to the precinct.
If they have the success with Duporth Ave they have had with Ocean St the Coast will be better off for their efforts.
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