GREEN BENT: Noosa Parks Association president Darlene Gower.
GREEN BENT: Noosa Parks Association president Darlene Gower. John Mccutheon

Noosa youth needs to grasp green heritage to shape future

INSTILLING an active passion for green issues in young people is a major challenge ahead for the Noosa Parks Association, according to its new president.

Darlene Gower told the NPA's Friday Forum that the not-for-profit NPA would not have existed for five decades if it did not have passionate volunteers.

"I would like to see our youth become more involved in our association," she said.

"It is something we have tried in the past and it is difficult to put into place."

She said as a mother of teenage children she understands it is difficult to add new subjects into a crowded school curriculum.

"It is all about education and it is all about working together to teach our kids that if they don't take over from where we left off, it's just going to go backwards.

"I do believe that there is strength in unity."

As president she wants to ensure the NPA continues to provide a structure where members can support each other.

Ms Gower said major battles since 1962 had included protecting Noosa headland from being turned into a coastal road, stopping local sand mining, opposing a Noosa Club Med, a jet airport on Noosa North Shore and protecting the Marcus High dune from development.

In recent times the NPA had taken a prominent role in council de-amalgamation, as well as advocating the rejection of the Noosa on Weyba residential development.

"Now all these projects were extremely important - they're important to the community and the NPA led the way on many of them," Ms Gower said.