Sunshine Coast Council

Queensland

ranks

7

25

for green cover compared to similar places across Australia

Sunshine Coast Council is

Suburban, spacious and average-high rainfall

<50% urban

Low density

Ave to high rainfall

vital statistics

328,428

population

LOW
HIGH

2.8%

population growth (ave annual % change over past 20 years)

LOW
HIGH

145.7

population density
(people per sq km)

LOW
HIGH

14.1%

proportion of LGA that is urban

LOW
HIGH

10.6%

proportion apartments

LOW
HIGH

999

measure of advantage and disadvantage
(SEIFA-IRSAD)

LOW
HIGH

20.2%

parents born overseas

LOW
HIGH

1,544.3

rainfall
(annual ave mm)

LOW
HIGH

3.3%

bushfire affected
(% of LGA area burnt last 5 years)

LOW
HIGH

Sunshine Coast has

60.3%

canopy
(typically over 3m)

Up 11.2% since 2016

5.6%

shrub
(typically below 3m)

Down -2.8% since 2016

27.7%

grass
and bare ground

Down -7.7% since 2016

Your green cover
Your green space

6.4%

grey
(hard surface, e.g. pavement, roads and roofs)

Down -0.7% since 2016

60.3%

canopy
(over 3m)

Up 11.2% since 2016

5.6%

shrub
(over 3m)

Down -2.8% since 2016

27.7%

grass
(over 3m)

Down -7.7% since 2016

6.4%

grey
(hard surface, e.g. pavement, roads and roofs)

Down -0.7% since 2016

Your green cover
Your green space

SHADE & COOLING

PLACES TO RIDE & RUN

WILDLIFE HABITAT

AESTHETICS & VALUE

green cover is important

While grass is great for recreation, green cover is what creates many of the other big benefits, like keeping suburbs and homes cool and giving shade for walking, running and active transport. It also brings wildlife into suburbs and makes them more appealing to the eye which, in turn, can make them more valuable.

When it comes to green cover

Sunshine Coast

ranks

7

25

for green cover compared to similar places across Australia

with

with

65.9%

green cover

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Sunshine Coast's

GREEN COVER

has

INCREASED

8.4%

since 2016

is

moderately above

comparable places

This means there is a

Lower

challenge rating for Sunshine Coast in maintaining and growing future green cover

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This information is based in its entirety on: Hurley, J., Amati, M., Deilami, K., Caffin, M., Stanford, H., Azizmohammad, S. (2020) Where will all the trees be? - an assessment of urban forest cover and management for Australian cities, prepared for Hort Innovation by the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University, Melbourne and Greener Spaces Better Places.