Sunshine Coast's Regional Council's Raul Wetchardt and councillors Russell Green and Lew Brennan. Photo: Geoff Pottter/N20081d
Sunshine Coast's Regional Council's Raul Wetchardt and councillors Russell Green and Lew Brennan. Photo: Geoff Pottter/N20081d

UN signs off on biosphere

It’s taken a while but finally, the Noosa Biosphere is signed, sealed and delivered.

Noosa Council received the certificate of its inclusion in the Man in the Biosphere program at its final meeting last month, and on Tuesday, the old Noosa Shire sign on David Low Way at Peregian Beach was replaced with “Welcome to the Noosa Biosphere Reserve”.

Sunshine Coast Division 12 councillor Lew Brennan said the sign was a symbol of the community’s efforts to live in a sustainable manner.

“The biosphere represents the old Noosa shire and it means the community gets to carry on with their commitment and passion to a truly sustainable region,” he said.

“UNESCO is already talking to us about modelling this (Noosa Biosphere) internationally.”

Division 11 councillor Russell Green said the sign might trip people’s minds into finding out why Noosa worked so hard to get world recognition for its pro-green style of living.

“The best thing (about it) for me, is Man and the Biosphere – how as a human settlement we’ve been able to engage the community to effectively live in harmony with the environment,” he said.

The councillors also said UNESCO recognised the governance model created by the former Noosa Council as the preferred arrangement.

The governance model will soon be presented to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council for approval.

Noosa Shire Residents and Ratepayers Association (NSRRA) is also keeping a keen eye on the progress of the Noosa Biosphere.

The association’s next meeting will host two speakers who will outline for residents exactly what the Noosa Biosphere is and how it will benefit the region.

The NSRAA meeting will be held at the Noosa Leisure Centre on Thursday, April 10, at 3pm.


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