Workshopping Noosa
  • Thursday 11 September 2008

The time has now come for Noosa to map out its destiny, and media are invited. The 60 members that make up the Noosa Biosphere sector boards will come together for the first time in a facilitated workshop, to brainstorm a process of operation, vision and Plan of Management for the Noosa Biosphere.

“It is a rare opportunity to be part of such a unique and important initiative at the outset, and it’s a privilege to be involved in this integral partnership between community, Council and the environment”, said Division 11 Cr Russell Green.

Cr Green, along with Cr Lew Brennan, represents two of the Directors on the Noosa Biosphere Ltd. Governance Board that will act as the key decision-making body for the Biosphere, as well as a conduit between the sector boards and Council.

The workshop will be facilitated by the nominee Chair of the Governance Board, Michael Donovan. “I expect there will be so many wonderful discussions ensuing from the collective of bright minds on the day that it will be a worthy challenge to draw outcomes,” said Mr Donovan.

There will be a collective photo opportunity of the combined sector board members, and interviews will be available with the following:

  • Spokespeople from the six sector boards: Culture; Education, Research and Development; Social; Economic; Environment; Tourism.
  • Representatives from the Noosa Biosphere Governance Board
  • Council’s CEO, John Knaggs
  • Councillors Russell Green and Lew Brennan
  • Key Council staff
    A media kit will be available.

Council signed off on the Constitution for the Noosa Biosphere as a Company Limited by Guarantee in August, when it endorsed the company’s Governance Board.

The former Noosa Shire was awarded biosphere status in September 2007 by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) International Co-ordinating Council, who noted the strong sense of community involvement in relation to the natural environment that characterises the area.