A snapshot of achievements for 2021/22

Counci has released the Environment and Liveability Strategy Annual Report.

The latest annual report highlights the organisation’s progress in creating Australia’s most sustainable region.

Highlights include:

  • Receiving official recognition as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
  • Delivering a $13.17m Environment Levy Program to support land acquisitions, on-ground activities and research and community partnerships that protect and enhance our natural environment
  • Securing more than 450 hectares of new lands for conservation and recreation purposes
  • Blue Heart Sunshine Coast project securing a $2 million Commonwealth Grant to investigate Blue Carbon restoration, and over $35 million as part of the South East Queensland City Deal
  • Adopting the Stormwater Management Strategy, that will lead to more effective stormwater management for our community.
  • Continued planning for the proposed Sunshine Coast ecological park, and will provide our region with a huge variety of opportunities to connect with nature.
  • Endorsing the Recreation Parks Plan which outlines the strategic direction for parks across the region until 2031, supporting the delivery of even better experiences for our community.
  • Opening the Mooloolaba Northern Parkland, extending 340 meters along the beachfront to foster healthy and active lifestyles and provide residents and visitors with a new space to have fun.
  • Opening the Beerwah Community Meeting Place, an innovative and sustainable new space for the community to meet and enjoy, which was constructed thanks to $1.65 million from the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package.
  • Recognising that we are in a state of climate emergency and undertaking a collaborative approach with Noosa Shire Council to address climate risk now and into the future.
  • Installing environmental sensors across the region to collect data to inform planning and decision making.
  • Ongoing advocacy for the protection of the Regional Inter-urban Break.

The Environment and Liveability Strategy is now in its fifth year and continues to provide the long-term strategic directions to guide growth, environmental protection and shaped the region for future generations.

View a full copy of the annual report here.

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