History Sealed at Yandina

From left: Marty Hunt, State Member for Nicklin; Mark Jamieson, Sunshine Coast Mayor; Division 10 Councillor David Law; Ted O’Brien Federal Member for Fairfax; Les Muckan Gubbi Gubbi elder; John O’Leary President of the Yandina Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Yandina 150 Committee; David Tidey, Baptist Pastor of Yandina and a member of the Yandina 150 Committee.

History Sealed at Yandina

History was made on Tuesday 22 September 2020 when Yandina officially celebrated its 150th birthday and marked the occasion with the sealing of a time capsule in the centre of town.

The Sunshine Coast Mayor joined community groups and local businesses at the Cenotaph Reserve to celebrate the official proclamation of Yandina on 23 September 1870; and unveil a commemorative plaque mounted on a boulder sourced from Mt Ninderry.

Division 10 Councillor David Law said he was pleased to see Yandina had retained its cultural heritage and character.

“Congratulations to all past and present residents of this great town that has a very bright future,” Cr Law said.

“Yandina is a very popular part of the Sunshine Coast and has many wonderful attractions for visitors to enjoy.”

Yandina Chamber of Commerce President John O’Leary said people don’t often get the chance to celebrate a 150-year milestone.

“It’s really something special. Yandina was the first gazetted town for the Maroochy district,” he said.

“We call it the original workers’ town because that’s where all the railway, cattle, dairy and sugar were, and all things that workers needed.

“Yandina has retained its character with the pub, historic buildings and quirky businesses. It really has a great village vibe to it.”

Gubbi Gubbi elder Les Muckan, welcomed everyone and shared the story of the area before European settlement. He was accompanied by many members of his family; and he led the crowd in singing Happy Birthday Yandina.