Chorale & Theatre Co. brings Spirit to Caloundra

Sunshine Coast theatre-goers are in for a treat this month as Caloundra Chorale & Theatre Co. performs the “spookily sophisticated serious-ish comedy” Blithe Spirit. 

State Member for Caloundra and Chorale Patron Mark McArdle said audiences are sure to be entertained by this local rendition of Noël Coward’s 1945 play in which a novelist known Charles Condomine invites an eccentric clairvoyant to his house to conduct a séance.
“If you loved the play or the film adaptation starring Rex Harrison, it is worth seeing this production,” Mr McArdle said. 

“If you are unfamiliar with the story, let the Chorale introduce you to some of the theatre world’s most vibrant characters.

“Lead roles will be performed by local talents Grant Marks, Julie Marks, Helen Duffy and Kate Cullen.

“This is just one example of the rich cultural experiences we have on offer in Caloundra and across the Coast.

“I won’t spoil the ending for you but I am certain this witty, spirited comedy is one you’ll remember for some time to come.”

Evening Performances:      7.30 pm July- 13,14,18,20,21,25,27,28
Venue:                                CCTC Theatre 3 Piringa St, Wurtulla
Prices:                                Adults $32, Concession $29, FOC, Members & Groups $26
                                           All tickets include Supper and Souvenir Programme. 
BOOKINGS:                       Call 07 5437 2719

Labor’s waste tax to hit Sunshine Coast homebuyers

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said Annastacia Palaszczuk’s waste tax will slug families and smash small businesses across Queensland. 


“Labor can try to downplay the impact of this tax all they like, but let me be clear – Labor’s waste tax will hit every Queenslander,” Ms Frecklington said. 

“On top of Labor’s ludicrous waste tax, this week Queenslanders have been hit with three new taxes and a 3.5% increase in car rego. 

“Families and small businesses are doing their best to manage their budgets but Labor’s tax grab will hurt people right across the State. 

“On top of the new taxes, let’s not forget record water prices, record power prices and record car registration fees under Labor.

“Labor’s only plan for Queensland is taxes, debt and unemployment.”

LNP Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle said it made no sense for Labor to slug all Queenslanders because of a cross-border waste problem in Ipswich.

“This isn’t a waste solution for Queensland, it’s just another tax grab by Labor,” Mr McArdle said. 

“The building industry is vital to the Sunshine Coast. We need to be supporting construction and the jobs it creates, not hitting the industry with another tax.

“It doesn’t matter what the problem is – Labor’s solution is always tax, tax and more tax.” 

Ms Frecklington said revelations less than 10% of the revenue raised by the waste tax would go to the government’s resource recovery program added insult to injury.  

“The same program that Labor touted as a way to kick-start the waste recycling industry is set to receive a paltry portion of this taxes’ massive $1.3 billion grab from Queenslander’s hip pockets,” Ms Frecklington said.

“The more details that emerge on Labor’s waste tax, the more obvious it is that it is a blatant, lazy tax grab.

“The reality is that this tax will shovel hundreds of millions of dollars into the Labor Government’s coffers, but provide less than 10% of the revenue raised to the resource recovery program.” 

Where’s Baringa High School, Premier?

Today marked the official opening of Baringa State Primary School, Queensland’s first ever S.T.E.M. school (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and the first school in the new development of Aura. 


However, Mr McArdle was bitterly disappointed the Premier did not use this opportunity to announce the fast-tracking of the Baringa State High School, which is not set to open until the 2021 school year at the earliest.

“Annastacia Palaszczuk today had the opportunity to fast track the high school and squibbed it,” Mr McArdle said. 

“The opening of Baringa Primary School is a tremendous achievement and I do not want to take away from the hard work of the staff, students and P&C who have made the school what it is already. With that said, we have many families who are facing years of uncertainty because the State Government did not plan for Baringa’s sister high school to open in time for students leaving the primary school over the next two year. 

“I will continue to stand behind these families as we fight for Baringa State High School to open in time for the 2020 school year.”


Principal Petitioner Deborah Hardie said that while it is disappointing, the community with push forward with their petition.

“We were really hoping today we would get the announcement that the high school would open in time for the students to follow on from the primary school,” Ms Hardie said.  

“Baringa Primary School is absolutely fantastic and today’s opening ceremony reflected just how great the school is. As parents we want our children, who are established here, to be able to carry on to the same type of high school.

“Many parents came here with the understanding that the high school would open for the 2020 school year. I have a daughter in Year 5 and and I probably would not have started her here if I knew there was going to be a delay.

“We are still so concerned and so passionate about this we will push forward with our petition.”

“If the State Government’s goal is to have Year 7 ready for 2020 than Baringa children should not be excluded from that goal,” Mr McArdle said. 

“This fight is not over so I ask the community to please take a moment to sign the petition at my office, online or at one of the P&C mobile petition stations. Your children may not be directly impacted by this decision but we must all come together to support all children in their education.”

People can sign the hard-copy petition at Mr McArdle’s electorate office, or online from tomorrow at 

The petitions close in August, when they will then be lodged in Parliament House for the Education Minister’s consideration. 


For further information contact:  Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.

Baringa Petition supports students left behind by State Budget

Concerned parents from Caloundra are rallying the community to support their petition to fast-track the opening of Baringa State High School for the 2020 school year. 

It comes as students who currently attend the newly opened Baringa State Primary School are headed for years of uncertainty and chaos with its sister high school not set to open until 2021 at the earliest. 


Principal petitioner Deborah Hardie said concern is growing in the community as more people learn of the delay with the school’s opening. 

“We have a lot of upset parents who are hoping for the high school to be open in 2020 like it was first planned,” Mrs Hardie said. 

“I’m a bit angry because we were told at information sessions and when purchasing property Baringa High would be open in 2020, but now we’re hearing rumours it might not be until 2022. 

“I’ve got a daughter in year 5 at Baringa Primary who needs to start high school that year, and my youngest will be start prep the same year. That will mean doing school drop off at both Baringa and Meridan State College until the high school opens at Baringa.” 

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has thrown his support behind the petition, speaking in State Parliament last week of Baringa students being left behind in the State Budget. 

“The Baringa State High School will not open until 2021. The ABC News bulletin on 12 June quoted the Treasurer as saying—‘Getting our schools ready for 2020 means we need to make the investment in this year’s budget to have the additional infrastructure and classrooms available for that full Year 7 cohort that will hit in 2020.’ 

“The government claims that preparing schools for year 7 students is important, so why is Baringa State High School not opening before 2021? 

“There are two and a half thousand students now at Meridan State College. Don’t get me wrong, Meridan is a good school but we are going to add more students to that cohort for a period of 12 months or more, and then bring them back the following year. 

“Parents may have to buy new set of school uniforms and let’s consider the children who have developed new friends and a routine. They lose that continuity – so important for a child’s development. 

“The year 2021 is too long to wait for Baringa to get a high school. These students need consistency, as do their parents.” 

People can sign the hard-copy petition at two upcoming mobile petition stations run by concerned parents: 

Saturday 23 June, All Day Bunnings Caloundra BBQ

Sunday 24 June, 10am - 2pm  Pedal Park, Cameron Street, Bells Creek 

Saturday 30 June, 10am – 2pm Pedal Park, Cameron Street, Bells Creek 

Saturday 7 July, 10am – 2pm Lukin Terrace Park, Bells Creek (Behind Stockland Aura Sales Office) 

The petition can also be signed at Mr McArdle’s electorate office, or online at


For further information contact: Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.

Baringa Tavern liquor and gaming application open for community consultation

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today advised the Caloundra community they have until 11 July 2018 to make submissions on the Baringa Taverns’ liquor and gaming applications. 

“The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation wrote to me last week advising they have received applications from Baringa Tavern for “approval to sell liquor for consumption on and off the premises (takeaway liquor)” as well as for a gaming machine licence for the installation for 45 machines at the hotel located at Edwards Terrace, Baringa, “ Mr McArdle said

“As Caloundra grows, so too grows commercial endeavours in Caloundra. It comes as no surprise to me that a commercial hotel would seek this type of licence in the new development here.

“However, it is important the community consider the two applications, for the sale of liquor and the installation of gaming machines, and decide on their personal position now.

“It can be argued that commercial hotels have both positive and negative impacts on a local community. They can provide a genuine social gathering point and add economic growth to the area, yet social issues can develop. 

“A member of public over the age of 18 can make a written objection or submission directly to the Commissioner regarding whether the granting of these application will impact the community. The letter should take into consideration at least one ‘Grounds for Objection’ mentioned in the below document.”

Letters can be submitted to: 

Licensing Officer
Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation
12 First Avenue
Maroochydore QLD 4558


For further information contact:  Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.

Letters from the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulations

Palaszczuk apparently forgot to govern for Caloundra

The Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle stated the Palaszczuk Labor Government has forgotten her promise to govern for all of Queensland as she and her Labor Treasurer have exorcised Caloundra from their conscience. 

“Despite her claim that in essence she is here for all Queenslanders, the awful truth is the budget for 2018-19 doesn’t back that up,” Mr McArdle said. 

“Caloundra’s population is set to explode with 50,000 people to move into Aura and 14,000 people into Harmony. This demands infrastructure be planned and delivered urgently. 

“I have in the past listed a number of critical initiatives so let’s see how we went.”


Item    - Slip Lanes of Nicklin Way/Caloundra I Outcome in Budget - Nil
Item - Mooloolah Community Centre obtaining a long-term lease/freehold title I Outcome in Budget -Nil
Item - Caloundra Hospital Injury and Illness Clinic operating 24/7 I Outcome in Budget Previously announced. No 24hr accident service
Item - Sunshine Coast Rail Duplication I Outcome in Budget - Minimal and insufficient – not matching the Feds
Item - Traffic Signals at Ridgewood/Caloundra Rds Intersection - Outcome in Budget Nil

“I don’t like ranking issues but I must say the debacle with the Baringa State High School is very concerning. The State Primary School opened this year and will have Grade Six students this year and in 2019 but the Baringa State Secondary School won’t open until 2021. This means students attending the Primary School, for up to two years, going to Meridan State College then coming back.

“What happens where there are two children, one in Grade Three and one in Grade Seven next year. More in petrol and new uniforms and more in time on the road. 

“Baringa is the first school specifically build for S.T.E.M and while Meridan is a good school, it is not a S.T.E.M College. 

“Why would the Labor Government build a Primary School but not build a Secondary School to transition grade six into grade seven without forcing students to go to a new school for at least a year and then come back. 

“Labor logic leading to another Labor debacle.”


Ninety "extra beds" falls well short with Qld's 5 million this flu season

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has called on Qld Health Minister Dr Steven Miles to check his sums and go back to the drawing board following the Minister’s embarrassing response to a Question Without Notice in Parliament recently. 

Labor’s Health Minister was asked what the State was doing to help Queensland hospitals keep up with demand this winter. 

His response, while highlighting there had already been 4000 confirmed flu cases, briefly mentioned 90 additional beds across the State, would be added to in-demand areas such as West Moreton, Gold Coast, Children’s Health Queensland and Caboolture.

“What’s even more embarrassing is that the Health Minister couldn’t even remember or mention the Sunshine Coast University Hospital – only the largest public hospital in the southern hemisphere and already suffering ramping and access block,” Mr McArdle said. 

“What a sick joke it is that the Health Minister somehow thinks a measly 90 additional beds being allocated to cater for this deadly illness is sufficient, despite there being more than 5 million Queenslanders living across the state.

“As he stated, last flu season public hospitals saw 215,000 confirmed flu cases. Ninety beds will need to be very big beds to have an impact.

“That’s simply scratching the surface to an even bigger problem. 

“It’s time for the Minister put the lives of Sunshine Coast Residents first and tackle this issue head on.” 


For further information contact: Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438449243. 


Caloundra in urgent need of critical infrastructure funds this State Budget

Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has called on the State’s Premier and Treasurer to stop ignoring Caloundra when the State Budget is handed down next month. 

Mr McArdle has urged the State to fund critical infrastructure projects including:

  1. Slip lanes at the Caloundra Rd/Nicklin Way roundabout to reduce congestion on the roundabout
  2. Installation of traffic lights at Ridgewood and Caloundra Rd intersection
  3. Converting the Caloundra Hospital into a 24hr injury and illness clinic instead of the current 12 hours
  4. Duplication of the rail between Beerburrum and Landsborough
  5. Donation of land or a long term lease to Mooloolah Community Centre

“The Labor Premier has repeatedly claimed that she governs for all of Queensland. Simple works, but the reality is the money coming here,” Mr McArdle said. 

“With Caloundra’s population set to soar in coming years now is the time to properly plan for the future.” 

Sunshine Coast Population and Housing Forecasts data* shows the Coast is expected to see an extra 80,000 residents in less than 10 years, while completion of Caloundra South in 2031 will see an additional 20,000 dwellings and house a population of 50,000 people. 

“I can guarantee the majority of those 50,000 people will be coming to Caloundra’s CBD and beaches on a daily basis so, it is vital we upgrade Ridgewood Rd now and put slip lanes in at the Caloundra Rd/Nicklin Way roundabout,” Mr McArdle said. 

“Sadly we have already lost our Emergency Department in Caloundra, and not providing a 24 hour Minor Injury and Illness Clinic is beyond comprehension. Just look at the ramping figures at SCUH.

“We need these projects now, they are critical to Caloundra.

Mr McArdle said the duplication of the rail line between Beerburrum and Landsborough was crucial for getting thousands of cars off the Bruce Highway each week and cater for locals who travel to and from Brisbane every day. 

The Mooloolah community has also been fighting hard for the Mooloolah Community Centre to be issued a long-term lease or donation of land, without which they cannot apply for infrastructure grants and upgrade their facilities.

“These projects impact on the stability of people’s lives, the greater community and the creation of future jobs.

“The State keeps spruiking jobs and infrastructure - these projects are ready to go. 

“Caloundra is in dire need of this infrastructure and should not be drip-fed when it comes to funding from the Palaszczuk-Labor Government.” 

The State Budget is due to be handed-down June 12.

*Population forecast 2016 – 303,392, 2021 – 345,782, 2026 – 386, 692.

For further information contact: Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438449243. 

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Nambour E.D. expanded while capacity at Caloundra goes to waste

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle today accused the Labor Government of ignoring the ability of Caloundra Hospital to deal with sick and injured patients and spending millions of dollars upgrading only the Emergency Department at Nambour.

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“I recently aired my concern that the Sunshine Coast University Hospital was heading for a deficit of $30million. Neither the hospital nor the Health Minister Steven Miles have denied that a deficit is on the cards rather queried the amount,” Mr McArdle said.  

“Immediately thereafter we have an announcement of $86million to redevelop Nambour General Hospital including refurbishing and expanding the Emergency Department. 

“This highlights the precarious position of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, at Kawana which was opened just over twelve months ago, clearly not being able to cope but why aren’t we using Caloundra Hospital more fully.

“At this point in time the Caloundra Emergency Department is closed and a ‘Minor Injury and Illness’ facility has been put in place between the hours of 9am and 9pm.

“What a complete waste of a good facility. We know people are using the facility more and more and in fact over the past three months the presentations at the “Minor” facility at Caloundra have been; February 868, March 1,041 and April 1,208. The figures speak for themselves.                           . 

“They can put as much money as they like into Nambour but unless they use the full resources medical services available across the Sunshine Coast then they will continue to experience problems. 

“I have always said Category 1 and Category 2 patients need not be treated at Caloundra but other patients should have access to this facility 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. 

“I am aware the Federal Government proposal that provides an additional $28billion to Queensland for health purposes between 2020 – 21 and 2024-25 which the Labor Government has not signed up for. 

“To me that’s a pretty good deal. Steven Miles should stop playing the fool and start acting like a Health Minister.

“Properly fit out the Caloundra Hospital and provide 24 hour per day, 7 days per week services for those in Caloundra and the growing areas of Aura, Harmony and the Hinterland Towns. The University Hospital continues to suffer ramping and access block. Time for common sense to prevail. 

“However I expect the Minister to take the corporate line and blame the Federal Government for everything and not acknowledge his involvement or his predecessors’ involvement in the perilous state of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the impact their neglect will have upon local people.”  


For further information contact:  Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.

Baringa State High School petition launched

A petition calling on the State Government to fast-track the opening of a public school set to accommodate thousands of Caloundra South residents has today been launched. 

It comes as students who currently attend the newly opened Baringa State Primary School are headed for years of uncertainty and chaos with its sister high school not set to open until 2021 at the earliest. 

Principal petitioner Deborah Hardie, of Caloundra West, said many parents were upset that children currently in Year 5 and Year 6 will have their schooling lives impacted. 

“I’m a bit angry because we were told at information sessions and when purchasing property Baringa High would be open in 2020, but now we’re hearing rumours it might not be until 2022,” Mrs Hardie said.

 “My children were originally at Meridan State College, we’ve moved them to Baringa Primary, we’ll now have to move them temporarily back to Meridan and then shuffle them back to Baringa High when it finally opens. 

“They’ll have to adjust to different teachers, friends and routines. 

“We’re already under financial stress and having to fork out for more and more uniforms is not economical.” 

Mrs Hardie said both her children were on the autism spectrum and currently walking to Baringa Primary does wonders for their mindset. 

“We moved to schools so we could walk and it’s had such a positive effect, it clears their mind.

 “To go from walking to school to having to go back in the car and driving doesn’t help anyone.” 

Caloundra MP Mark McArdle has sponsored the petition. 

“The Department of Education have advised Baringa State High School is not expected to open until 2021,” Mr McArdle said.

“The State Government pushed to open Baringa Primary earlier than expected so I can’t see why they can’t do the same with the High School. 

“There are many parents and school children whose lives will be disrupted significantly if this high school is not fast-tracked.” 

People can sign the hard-copy petition at Mr McArdle’s electorate office, or online from tomorrow at  

The petitions close in August, when they will then be lodged in Parliament House for the Education Minister’s consideration. 


For further information contact:  Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.