NPA has realised significant conservation wins over the past 50 years in this special part of the world. Today NPA is seen by many as one of the most successful community conservation groups in the country. NPA’s environmental activism has helped shape this local region in the the environment that it is today, benefitting all who visit or live here.
Our region continues to experience a comparatively high turnover of local residents. Consequently, there is always a danger that the wider Noosa community 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.
NPA continues to struggle to keep Noosa Spit free of development through the continued vegetation work by its arm known as Greening Noosa.
On behalf of Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), NPA is responsible for the management of Double Island Point conservation area including the light station – with the lease now extended to 2021.
Also on behalf of QPWS, NPA is responsible for the management of the Noosa Parks Gallery and Information Centre at the entrance to the Headland Section of the Noosa National Park.
While a significant focus of the NPA is on protecting Noosa’s natural environment, it has many other strings to its bow, with numerous special interest groups actively involved in the community. These include bushwalking, bird and botany groups, extended outings and our weekly Friday Environmental Forums. You are welcome to join in as a participant or as a volunteer.
NPA’S ONGOING AIMS AND CHALLENGES INCLUDE:
- 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
- Protecting Ringtail and Yurol Forests as National Park, ensuring continuation of the protective green belt and preservation of wildlife corridors throughout 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