A new Bio deal Plan for new set-up with NBL to be replaced

IT WILL be a case of out with the old Noosa Biosphere Ltd, if a Noosa Council-driven management review is accepted by the local community and in with a "more focused", new broom company driven by directors including Mayor Noel Playford.

Just days after NBL chair Dr Sue Davis launched what some local commentators are calling a pre-emptive strike, attacking Cr Playford's actions during the Noosa Biosphere Reserve governance public examination, council's working group released its review report.

THE bottom line is that subject to council's endorsement this week of the working group containing Councillors Playford, Bob Abbot, Frank Pardon and Tony Wellington, the community on April 15 will be asked to do away with the NBL headed by Dr Davis.

Its proposed replacement would be called - subject to legal advice - the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Project Limited.

At least seven directors and no more than nine would take over the running of the prestigious and potentially lucrative UNESCO Biosphere Reserve - with the mayor and one other councillor two of them.

The other directors would be appointed initially by council and subsequently by the board.

"Only Noosa local government area residents would be eligible for appointment as a director," the report recommends and "approximately one-third of non-councillor directors to be rotated every three years".

Much of the day-to-day running of the NBRPL would fall to two proposed key roles working in with community groups that is expected to include the current Biosphere sector boards operated by the NBL.

A senior project officer would provide "practical day-to-day support to the people who are implementing projects to advance the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Project" and would be supported by an administrative officer.

"It is envisaged that there will shortly be two personnel provided by council," the report to be discussed by all councillors at full committee last week.

"These staff will not work in the council precinct but work within a community hub acting as the practical operational co-ordination for the delivery and doing.

"The council will fund these roles in addition to providing office accommodation and any related resources needed in the community based hub."

The working group said the structure change was needed to "achieve the objectives of wider community involvement and community driven outcomes" with the new company "to be much more focused than the current objectives for NBL with the new company having a significant emphasis on strategy and brand".

Among the NBRPL's key objectives would to set the strategic direction for the project, manage "the brand and intellectual property" as well as facilitating research.

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