Owing to the Forestry Department's policy of replacing native forests with softwood plantations, there have been significant losses of rain forest and wallum vegetation in the former Noosa Shire and adjacent Shires.
Successful lobbying in 1980 by Noosa Parks Association (NPA) persuaded the State Government to purchase alternative planting areas for exotic pines, making it possible for the western catchment of the Noosa River to be added to the Cooloola National Park. Some years later, the central forestry area in Cooloola was also added.
- Keeping Noosa distinctly different from over-developed resort areas
- Protecting Noosa Woods and the Spit as a recreational area
- Keeping the Noosa River and its lakes the most natural in Queensland
- Preserving the Marcus Beach high dunes as a greenbelt between Marcus Beach and Sunrise Beach
- Extending Cooloola National Park south to the banks of the Noosa River
- Achieving World Heritage nomination with subsequent listing for the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park
- National Heritage listing for the Noosa National Park, the Noosa River and the Noosa lakes system.