PROTECT OUR NATURAL ASSETS
Noosa’s unique blend of pristine beaches, lakes, wallum, wetlands, rainforests and world-famous National Park headland makes it one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in Queensland. After tireless battles to protect our natural assets from over-development, we now benefit from our iconic green brand.
PROTECT OUR NATIONAL PARKS
As much of SEQ’s habitat has now been destroyed, Noosa is privileged to have an abundance of natural vegetative cover still intact. Our National Parks are of international significance, are under consideration for world heritage listing and were recognised as a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve in 2007.
With this legacy, we have a moral responsibility to continue to defend our National Parks from inappropriate development. As environments across the world come under threat from climate change and developer exploitation, Noosa will more and more be seen as an oasis where people can relax and enjoy nature at its best. There is a sound environmental case for us to protect all of our remaining biodiversity and an even more sound business case to do so. This is the point of difference for our world renowned tourism industry.
We must also expand State protected areas and encourage private landholders with remnant biodiversity to declare their land as Nature Refuges with Voluntary Conservation Agreements.
DEVELOPMENT IN NATIONAL PARKS
Tourism ventures on private land adjacent to protected areas must not be squashed by large scale commercial ventures within our National Parks. The Noosa Greens have concerns with State Government’s plans to open all national parks to commercial activity at the discretion of the State minister. Commercial exploitation of our natural assets with unacceptable activities such as quad biking has detrimental impacts on Noosa’s reputation as a clean, green tourism destination.
The Noosa Shire has vast areas of private land zoned for Regional Landscape and Rural Production Area. Protecting this land from inappropriate development and promoting ways exploit good quality agricultural land for rural uses is vital for our future food security.
Council can assist new agricultural enterprises which provide opportunities for produce to be grown, sold and promoted locally such as farmers markets, local branding, sustainable agriculture forums and value adding advice.
Successful agricultural use of our farmland would produce a critical mass to improve viability of delivery systems, as well as defend from the threat of inconsistent development uses.