A new panel has started to identify its priorities for improving management of the Noosa River.
The Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee will provide advice to Noosa Council and Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ).
They met earlier this month to discuss a wide range of issues related to the river, including anchoring, mooring and live-aboards.
“It was great to be able to attend the committee’s first meeting as an observer and see their enthusiasm for the river and for developing solutions to the big issues,” Mayor Clare Stewart said.
“I’m looking forward to hearing the committee’s advice when they present their recommendations on their initial priorities to MSQ and Council at the next formal meeting (in May).
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The 14-member committee includes representatives of a range of stakeholder groups, including the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, commercial boating, tourism, recreational boating, plus conservation and natural resource management.
Noosa Council CEO, Brett de Chastel, and Angus Mitchell, General Manager for Maritime Safety Queensland, co-chaired the first meeting.
“It was great to see some robust conversation and a common interest in working together for the betterment of the river,” Mr de Chastel said.
Council and Maritime Safety Queensland established the Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee as a way for key community members to provide objective advice and recommendations towards the management and sustainable use of the Noosa River and its catchment.