News

DVD shows how national park saved

Can you imagine it – Noosa National Park’s majestic squiggly gums have been replaced by holiday high rise.

The noise of cars winding their way through Ti Tree, Alexandria Bay and Hell’s Gates have replaced the serenity of bird calls and crashing waves, the fresh salt air scent is tinged with petrol fumes.

Fortunately, there were people who imagined another future, and they are the subject of a Noosa Parks Association DVD, Keeping Noosa Natural: Community Conservation in Action, launched at Embiggen bookstore on Wednesday night.

The documentary starts in the 1960s when Noosa National Park development was a hairbreadth away from becoming reality.

In David and Goliath style battles, Noosa Parks Association, created in 1962, took on the pro-development lobby. The fierce battles were strategic and bloody but the Noosa Parks Association victory ultimately left us with a place where humans, flora and fauna from around the planet harmoniously co-exist.

The powerful narrative is told quietly through magnificent aerial shots of Noosa Heads and portraits of the men and women who imagined and fought for the future.

“They were visionaries,” Noosa Parks Association president Ian Seels said.

Mr Seels introduced the DVD explaining that there are two arms to the Noosa Parks Association. One is the group that educates and promotes flora and fauna activities and the political arm. He said Noosa’s National Park status typified the association’s tenacity, doggedness and sheer bloody-mindedness that fuelled their anti-development fights.

“They didn’t back down,” he said.

Today, after 47 years, Noosa Parks is still alive and well and tackling current issues such as the proposed regional plan and the Biosphere governance model.

Mr Seels acknowledged the association’s founder Dr Arthur Harrold and said the DVD was dedicated to him. At $14.95, it is available at the Interpretative Centre at Noosa National Park entrance, the Hastings Street Information Centre and selected bookstores.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Give the next gen a chance: Men's Shed founder

IDEA: Les McKenzie has a plan to help youths stay off benefits.

Les McKenzie has proposed an idea to help young people

Give a gift for dogs and cats in shelters

RAISING HOPE: Alice Thorn, with help from her rescue dog Penny, is leading a fundraiser to buy a Christmas present for every shelter animal on the Coast.

Student aims to buy every shelter pet a pressie

Grateful council says thanks for giving heaps

MIGHTY EFFORT: Cr Jess Glasgow, Noosa volunteers Robyn and Paul Jenkinson with Cr Joe Jurisevic at the special brunch.

Noosa volunteers day in the sun

Local Partners

Facebook solves stolen car mystery

THE social media site might get a bad wrap from time to time but this week it's proven to be a crime-solving wonder.

9 reasons to take the kids to Woodford Folk Festival

FAMILY FREINDLY: Woodford Folk Festival has something for everyone.

If you're thinking about leaving the kids at home, think again

130,000 music lovers get set for folk festival

Getting into the music at Woodford Folk Festival.

Pre-festival ticket sales up 15%

Market-goers are gobbling up the Christmas puddings

Puddling Lane Queensland Christmas puddings.

Christmas wouldn't complete without a traditional Christmas pudding.

Spiderman star used fake name to research role

Spiderman star Tom Holland.

Spiderman star went undercover at Brooklyn highschool

What's on the small screen this week

A scene from the TV documentary Running Wild: Australia's Camels.

TWO new Aussie docos will pique your interest.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Carrie Fisher says Ford will be bugged by affair confession

Carrie Fisher is sure Harrison Ford is annoyed at her

Business council backs higher buildings

ARIA's proposed No. 1 Esplanade at Mooloolaba.

BUSINESSS Council supports council plan to relax the height limits

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!