Noosa Biosphere Limited holds inaugural meeting
  • Tuesday 09 December 2008

Work on promoting, educating and developing conservation and sustainability in the Noosa area is set to kick start next week when Noosa Biosphere Limited holds its inaugural meeting.

The Noosa Biosphere Governance Board’s Chair, Michael Donovan said while council had committed to sustainability across the coast, the Noosa Biosphere Sector Boards had a major role to play in this vision as Queensland’s first designated biosphere.

“We are excited about our first meeting, as we have high hopes for the opportunities that can be leveraged in this region through working with local, state, national and global partners in seeking to protect these biosphere areas,” Mr Donovan said.

“Our work will help facilitate and showcase this community’s real-life approaches to conservation and sustainable development throughout Australia and the world.”

Awarded Queensland’s first biosphere, Noosa received the prestigious title from the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program in September 2007. Biosphere reserves are sites that demonstrate innovative approaches to conservation and sustainable development. They share their experience and ideas nationally, regionally and internationally within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

The Sunshine Coast Council approved the Governance model to manage the Noosa Biosphere in August 2008. The model is based on the former Noosa council’s Community Sector Boards structure. The Governance Board has 11 directors, which includes two councillors (Lew Brennan and Russell Green), representatives from each of the five Community Sector boards, one from Tourism Noosa and three representatives from the broader community, from which group the Chair was appointed.

“The Governance Board will work to further develop community partnerships and projects that deliver the sustainable outcomes identified by this UNESCO program,” Mr Donovan said.

Noosa Biosphere Limited is a Sunshine Coast Council company. Its first meeting will be held at 11am on Tuesday 9 December at council’s Tewantin office. The meeting is open to the public and council’s Chief Executive Officer, John Knaggs, will formally open the meeting on behalf of council.