Hello and welcome to our website. We hope you find it interesting and informative.
If you are not already a member, we hope you will read about the struggles in which Noosa Parks Association has been involved, our current challenges and the many activities in which so many of our members are engaged.
In late 1962, a local GP, Arthur Harrold, along with a small group of concerned Noosa residents, created Queensland's first community conservation organisation, Noosa Parks Association (NPA). The Association was formed with the express intent of campaigning to prevent a road being built along what is now the coastal walking track out to Alexandria Bay. Such a road would have confined the headland section of the Noosa National Park to being landlocked. History shows that NPA-led community activism prevented such from occurring. Today NPA is a highly effective, independent non-government, non-party political, community environmental organisation.
NPA has realised significant conservation wins over the past 50 years in this special part of the world. These include the significant expansion of the Noosa National Park, the gazettal of the magnificent Cooloola National Park, the rescue of our northern beaches from sand-mining, our forests from logging, our foreshores from high-rise, our river and lakes from degradation, the preservation of the Marcus Beach high dunes as a greenbelt between the communities of Marcus Beach and Sunrise Beach, plus the preservation of Noosa Woods and the Spit as a community recreational area.
While a significant focus of NPA is on protecting Noosa's natural environment, it has many other strings to its bow, with numerous special interest groups remaining actively involved in the community. These include Bush-walking, Extended Outings, Bird and Botany Groups and our weekly Friday Environment Forum.
NPA core business involves:
Protecting the natural environment within the greater Noosa-Cooloola region
Encouraging both genuinely sustainable human behaviour and built environments
Today, NPA is seen by many as one of the most successful, if not THE most successful, community conservation groups in the country. NPA's environmental activism has helped shape this local region to the environment which it is today, benefitting all who either visit or live here.
Noosa has regained its local council. Our region continues to experiece a comparatively high turnover of local residents. Consequently, there is the danger that the wider Noosa communithy will, over time, become increasingly complacent and disconnected from its own history, believing that this unique part of the eastern seaboard happened by default, not design. NPA is determined not to allow either local or state government to rewrite history (as previous local governments have attempted to do), by claiming that it was their foresight and vision that created such a jewel. Noosa must be seen for what it is. A gem along an eastern seaboard of suburban mediocrity, achieved through decades of community activism.
These are some of NPA's ongoing aims/challenges:
- Keeping Noosa distinctly different from over-developed resort areas.
- Keeping the Noosa River and its lakes the most natural in Queensland.
- Extending Cooloola National Park south to the banks of the Noosa River by way of acquisition of North Shore land.
- Ensuring Ringtail and Yurol Forests’ protection as National Park, thus ensuring continuation of the protective green belt and preservation of wildlife corridors around/through the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.
- Remaining constantly vigilant against excessive development applications which threaten Noosa's superb natural environment.
- Achieving World Heritage listing for the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park.
- Achieving National Heritage listing for the Noosa National Park plus the Noosa River and lakes system.
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