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Initially named the Caloundra Cultural Centre, The Events Centre was built and officially opened in 1980 by the former Landsborough Shire Council.
In December 1999 Caloundra City Council set up a task-force to investigate the concept of the Caloundra Cultural Centre being transformed into a not-for-profit, separate legal entity, for the purpose of managing the Centre on Council’s behalf. The task-force recommended the establishment of a not-for-profit company to manage the Centre on Council’s behalf. The major reasons given for this included:
With these objectives in mind The Sunshine Coast Events Centre Pty. Ltd. was formed in January 2004 with Caloundra City Council as its sole shareholder and principle owner.
In March 2005 Caloundra Civic Cultural Centre undertook a re-branding program, creating The Events Centre, Caloundra brand. The Events Centre is a registered trading name of Sunshine Coast Events Centre Pty. Ltd.
Jeanette Burrows has an extensive background in strategic planning and marketing and is the former Deputy Director of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust and the former Executive Director of Strategy, Planning and Regional Services for the Department of Emergency Services.
Prior to her career in the public sector, Jeanette was employed in various private enterprise positions including Public Affairs Manager of Mobil Oil. She is a former Board Member of The Keep Australia Beautiful Council, and Executive Producer of various events for the 1996 Brisbane Festival.
She holds a Bachelor of Science (Environment) and a Masters of Administration.
Fendall Hill is a Chartered Professional Engineer, who relocated to Caloundra with his family (wife Oriana, and 3 children) in 2011.
He is a consultant in physical asset, risk and disaster management planning, and works with many federal, state and local government agencies and utilities. Fendall is also an accomplished musician, being a noted composer, trumpet player, and the current Australian and New Zealand champion on his instrument.
He was the author of the TEC facility development plan (2015), which communicated the vision and financial forecasts required to gain funding for the recent upgrades to The Events Centre.
Moving to the Sunshine Coast in the late 1980s, Terry has been a local business owner for over 20 years and has established himself within the Caloundra community recognising the real need for community-based action.
His love for surfing has led Terry to win an Australian Masters Title. For three years Terry was a team leader for Rosies helping the homeless and has assisted with organising the PA Bendall Memorial Surf Competition which won Sunshine Coast event of the year in 2017.
With responsibility for the Economy Portfolio, which he shares with Cr Jason O’Pray, Terry contributes to the areas of Economic Development, Innovation, Tourism, Events & Sport across the whole Sunshine Coast, making use of both his small business owner experience and his passion for healthy active lifestyles.
Terry also holds positions on several Council committees, is a Director of Sunshine Coast Events Centre and has established the Division 2 Community Committee.
Born and educated in Brisbane, Kevin Radbourne has enjoyed a long and active artistic and administrative involvement with the arts sector as an actor, director, producer and CEO.
Positions held include Executive Director Arts Queensland, Deputy Executive Director Office of Arts and Cultural Development, Deputy Director Queensland Performing Arts Centre and Coordinating Producer of the Brisbane Festival. Previous board directorships include Brisbane Arts Theatre (Chairman), Queensland Cultural Centre Trust (Deputy Chairman), Arts Industry Training Advisory Board (Deputy Chairman), Pacific Film and Television Commission, Pacific Film Festivals Ltd, Library Board of Queensland, State Library Foundation Council, Queensland Performing Arts Trust and the Queensland Theatre Company.
A native of Brisbane, Malcolm McColm studied at the University of Queensland and worked overseas before making his home on the Sunshine Coast.
He is a practising lawyer and partner of the firm McColm Matsinger Lawyers of Maroochydore. He has formerly and continues to hold board appointments in companies and organisations with reach across business, sporting, conservation, education and charitable activities. Previous and current board directorships include Sunshine Coast Grammar School (chairman), Headland Golf Club (president, captain) and the Management Committee of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Limited.
An advocate and avid follower of the Arts, Malcolm also invests his time in legal, business, sporting and gardening activities.
Robert Forbes had a 40-year career in the chartered accounting profession prior to his retirement to the Sunshine Coast in 2011 with some 25 years spent as a partner of a medium size firm and specialising in audit engagements.
He has a strong interest in the not-for-profit sector with his client base over the years reflecting this interest. Robert also served on a number of governance boards and was the Australian President of the Institute of Internal Auditors between 2003 and 2005. Professional experience covered the private sector and the three levels of government including substantial audit and consulting work in Queensland local and regional governments.
From 2012–2019 Robert served as treasurer of the Queensland Air Museum based in Caloundra and since 2019 he has been a director of Sunshine Coast Arts Foundation Ltd.
While growing up, Sam Klingner had already tread the boards, studying and performing with a number of organisations in his home city of Brisbane, Australia.
Now, on the business side of show business he has worked on a variety of productions throughout the world, including: Grease, Hairspray, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cats, The Clairvoyants, The Tap Pack and The Big Bubble Show.
In 2016 and 2017, Sam was Associate Producer for The Works Entertainment, now part of the Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment Group. Productions presented during Sam’s tenure at the company included The Illusionists 1903 on Broadway, and Circus 1903 in Las Vegas.
Sam Klingner is co-creator and co-owner of the international hit show The Naked Magicians, which since premiering in 2014 has played in over 250 cities throughout USA, Canada, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand; including a smash hit run on London’s West End and a residency at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Sam is also the Australian and New Zealand producer of Menopause The Musical. 2019 saw the show tour to 40 regional venues across Australia, achieving sold out status most nights. 2021 will see the show tour New Zealand, and a return to regional Australia tour due to popular demand.
Drive, determination, and innovative ambition in performing arts, creative industries and arts education has been the motivation behind Ricki-lee’s extensive 30-year career in Performing Arts.
Ricki-lee is currently the Drama Excellence Coordinator and Drama Teacher at Kawana Waters State College. As co-founder and president of the Sunshine Coast Schools’ Drama Festival Inc. Ricki-lee leads a team of committed arts educators and artists to provide a platform for the youth of the Sunshine Coast to showcase their performance work.
Ricki-lee is devoted to inspiring all students to see beyond their limitations, to look further afield and not be bound by distance, money or resources; to refine their craft, cultivate their talents and ultimately enabling them to aspire to a career in the Arts. Ricki-lee values the diverse partnerships and collaborations with Arts practitioners, along with nationwide recognition in Drama Education, including Vocational Arts Teacher of the Year, Ambassador for Queensland Vocational Education, Qld Community and Australia Day awards. Ricki-lee is excited for what the future holds for our region’s very talented young people and their partnership with The Events Centre.
In a rapidly changing media, brand and advertising environment, knowledge and innovation is key. And with more than 20 plus years industry experience, Kelly Thomas has evolved with the changing marketing trends. Her years of research, experience, intuition and a passionate curiosity to understand consumer motivations, behaviours and psyche, has led to the creation and success of ADFX.
Kelly’s strategy to work is driven by fact and insight; she believes an idea is only as good as the people who bring it to life – which is why she surrounds herself with a highly accomplished team who make ideas exponentially better through flawless execution.
She began her career in real estate but soon realised her calling and made the move to regional television, working with businesses and multinational corporations across the country to plan and execute media and advertising plans. This experience, as well as a healthy dose of ambition, led to the opening of ADFX (formally known as Advertising FX) in Brisbane in 2004.
The Events Centre Caloundra, located on the Sunshine Coast, acknowledge the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples as the custodians of the land we work on, recognising their connection to land, waters and community. We honour the story-telling and art-making at the heart of First Nations’ cultures, and the enrichment it gives to the lives of all Australians.