FOCUS ON INNOVATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Noosa is well-placed to capitalise on its potential to become a leader in innovative projects in the Green Tech industries by developing world class research and development facilities right here in Noosa.

ATTRACT GREEN TECH INDUSTRIES

Noosa’s urban centres are well placed to attract Green Tech industries as we can offer access to road and rail infrastructure and the Sunshine Coast and Central Qld University campuses to draw talent and build partnerships. I believe the commercial precincts approved for this use surrounding the Noosa Civic should be exploited for these purposes, instead of just for more shops.

Noosa is in the enviable position of being able to offer world class infrastructure and commercial zoning for research and education in an idyllic setting with a world renowned “Green” brand.

DEVELOP EDUCATION AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITES

For Noosa to maintain its clean green image, it is necessary to conduct research so science based data can be drawn upon to guide future decision making. This is vital when it comes to the Noosa River’s ability to maintain the A-water quality rating and look to improve upon it.

Despite Noosa having the cleanest tested waterway in SEQ, fish stocks are low in comparison with historical benchmarks. I support a recent proposal for oyster farming in the Noosa River which could improve water quality as well as provide ingredients for our restaurants and seafood outlets.

We must also look at ways to reduce roadway pollution run-off into the Noosa River and its tributaries and the question of sewerage entering the river in times of flooding must also be addressed.

The Tewantin TAFE site could be used as an education and research facility such as a world class progressive information and technology hub, focussing on the impacts of Climate Change. The facility has the potential to be a world class UNESCO Biosphere cultural and heritage interpretive centre with state of the art interactive displays.