Shire of Noosa

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Shire of Noosa
Queensland
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Location within Queensland
Population 51,962 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 59.816/km2 (154.922/sq mi)
Established 11 May 1910 – 15 March 2008
1 January 2014
Area 868.7 km2 (335.4 sq mi)
Mayor Noel Playford OAM
Council seat Tewantin
Region South East Queensland
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Website www.noosa.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Noosa:
Gympie Gympie Pacific Ocean
Gympie Shire of Noosa Pacific Ocean
SCRC SCRC Pacific Ocean

The Shire of Noosa is a local government area about 130 kilometres (81 mi) north of Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast region of South East Queensland, Australia. The shire covered an area of 868.7 square kilometres (335.4 sq mi), and existed as a local government entity from 1910 until 2008, when it amalgamated with the Shire of Maroochy and City of Caloundra to form the Sunshine Coast Region.

In 2013, residents voted to leave the amalgamated Sunshine Coast Region. On 9 November 2013 an election resulted in Noel Playford being elected to take office on 1 January 2014 with the new council.[2]

The Shire of Noosa was re-established on 1 January 2014.

History[edit]

Noosa Beach.

Ancient history[edit]

The Noosa area was originally home to several Aboriginal groups. These primarily include the Undumbi tribe to the south, the Dulingbara to the north, and the Kabi Kabi (or Gabbi Gabbi) to the west.

Although much of the culture and presence of the traditional owners of the Noosa district has been lost during the short period of white settlement, there still exist many subtle reminders. These include:

  • bora rings, used during rituals.
  • canoe trees, marks on trees where bark was removed for canoes.
  • border/navigation trees, marks on trees used to mark paths and/or tribal borders.
  • stone carvings
  • burial trees
  • middens, shell mound created by thousands of years of discarded shells.
  • stone axes
  • spoken legends, many local legends which were traditionally passed through the generations survive today.
  • place names, many local names are versions of the original Aboriginal names.

The name Noosa comes from the local Aboriginal word (Noothera or Gnuthuru in the Kabi Kabi language) for shadow or shady place.[3]

Early European settlement[edit]

Although reports of the area can be traced back to Captain Cook's voyages in May 1770, European settlement in the region did not proceed for almost a century. This early settlement was primarily driven firstly by timber logging and then secondly a gold rush in the Gympie area, north of Noosa. The difficulty of transport in the region, which persisted to the 1920s and beyond, was one major reason for this.

In 1871, the Government laid out a port at Tewantin, which was duly surveyed and by 1877 contained two hotels, a boarding house, school, police station and telegraph office. In 1872, the Noosa Heads and coastal region north to Peregian Beach was set aside as an Aboriginal Mission, however this was cancelled in 1878 and land was opened for selection on 15 January 1879. With the advent of the railway, Tewantin declined in importance.[4]

In the last 50 years Noosa has been transformed from an isolated fishing village to a popular tourist destination. Although this has had its costs the shire is known for its generally greener approach to development. Most development in Noosa has been restrained. Noosa has no high rise buildings, due both to local community pressure and to council planning action, and much remaining native forest. 34.8 per cent of the Noosa district consists of National Parks, Conservation Parks, State Forests, and other generally protected land.

The popularity of Noosa comes from the fact that is it one of Australia's few North facing beaches located on the East Coast, hence Noosa Beach is relatively protected from on-shore wind and storms.

Council history[edit]

The area was originally incorporated as part of the Widgee Divisional Board on 11 November 1879 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. Noosa was created as a separate shire under the Local Authorities Act 1902 in 1910, with an initial population of 2,000. The first elections were held on 22 April 1910 and resulted in James Duke becoming the first shire chairman. The original headquarters for the Shire were constructed in Pomona in 1911 on a site now used (since 1985) by the Cooroora Historical Society and Noosa Museum.[4]

In the early 1970s, development commenced with Queensland Government backing in the area around Noosa Sound. In 1980, the Shire Chambers moved to Pelican Street, Tewantin. Following the election of Noosa's first green mayor, Noel Playford, in 1988, Noosa's first strategic plan was gazetted, and in 1990 development was limited to four storeys. In 1993, a major Council and community complex covering 9 hectares (22.2 acres) opened at Wallace Park, Noosaville.

On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, the Shire of Noosa merged with the Shire of Maroochy and the City of Caloundra to form the Sunshine Coast Region. Noosa's mayor, Bob Abbot, won the mayoralty of the new Council over Maroochy's Joe Natoli with 70% of the combined vote.[5]

In 2012, a proposal was made to de-amalgamate the Shire of Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Region.[6] On 9 March 2013, Noosa residents voted to de-amalgamate Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Council.[7] On 18 March 2013, the Sunshine Coast Regional Council decided its new planning scheme should not apply to those areas that were part of the former Noosa Shire (different attitudes to planning and developments having been a major objection by residents of Noosa Shire to the amalgamation).[8] The Shire of Noosa was re-established on 1 January 2014.[9][10]

On 2 January 2014 the new councilor's and mayor were sworn in with the oath of office. The ceremony was followed by the first meeting of the council held at the Cooroy Memorial Hall, Cooroy. Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and member for Wide Bay as well as David Gibson, Member for Gympie.

Structure[edit]

The elected council consists of a mayor and six councillors. Noosa Shire does not have divisional electoral boundaries.[11][12]

Current council members[edit]

Name Years as councillor Position in council
Noel Playford 2014-Present Mayor
Bob Abbott 2014–Present Deputy mayor
Sandy Bolton 2014–Present
Joe Jurisevic 2014–Present
Frank Pardon 2014–Present
Tony Wellington 2014–Present
Frank Wilkie 2014–Present

Towns and localities[edit]

The Shire of Noosa contains both a cluster of suburbs and a hinterland region which is more rural in focus.

Noosa:

Coastal Region:

Hinterland:

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 5,768
1947 5,000
1954 6,296
1961 6,117
1966 6,673
1971 7,746
1976 10,825
1981 17,071
1986 20,328
1991 29,378
1996 41,171
2001 47,321
2006 51,962
2011 56,151

Chairmen and mayors of Noosa Shire[edit]

Directly elected:[13]

  • Noel Playford OAM (2014–Present)
  • For mayor during amalgamation (2008–2013) see: Sunshine Coast Region
  • Bob Abbot (1997–2008)
  • Noel Playford OAM (1988–1997)
  • Bert Wansley AM (1980–1988)
  • Ian MacDonald (1964–1980)
  • S.T. (Stanley) Adams (1958–1964)
  • Victor Gee (1955–1958)
  • Robert McAnally (1946–1955)
  • William Ferguson (1939–1946)
  • Charles Crank (1930–1939)
  • Frederick Bryan (1927–1930)
  • William Ferguson (1921–1927)

Elected by fellow councillors:

  • Alexander Parker (1920–1921)
  • Charles Crank (1919–1920)
  • Alexander Chapman (1918–1919)
  • Alexander Parker (1917–1918)
  • Charles Livingstone (1916–1917)
  • Alexander Chapman (1915–1916)
  • Eugene von Blankensee (1914–1915)
  • Frank Conroy (1911–1914)
  • James Duke (1910–1911)

Culture[edit]

The Noosa Film Festival was held in Noosa between 2 and 8 September in 1999.[14] A number of festivals are also held in Noosa including the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Noosa Arts Theatre is a flourishing and widely reputed centre for performing arts in the area. As well as various other food and cultural festivals, each year Noosa boasts the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, a 10 day (and night) multi-arts genre cultural festival. Theatre, dance, music, food, film, supper clubs, workshops and more are featured as part of the free and ticketed event program. The event attracts over 10,000 people each year.

The recently developed The J Centre in Noosa Heads has become another centre for live theatre and musical performances, as well as a secondary campus for the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The Noosa Country Show is the yearly event established 1909 to showcase the shire's best cattle, horsemen etc. The show is held on the 2nd weekend of every September.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Noosa (S) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  2. ^ ECQ - 013 Noosa Shire Council - Mayoral Election - 10 November 2013
  3. ^ Potter, Ron. "Place Names of South-East Queensland". Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  4. ^ a b Noosa Council (2005). "Noosa Community Guide - 2005 and Beyond (5th ed.)" (PDF). pp. 44–57. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  5. ^ "Abbot claims Sunshine Coast mayor crown". ABC Online. 15 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  6. ^ "Proposal regarding the de-amalgamation of Noosa". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Noosa Area De-amalgamation Poll - Noosa - Poll Area Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Council votes to separate Noosa and Sunshine Coast planning". Sunshine Coast Daily. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "De-amalgamation". Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Local Government (De-amalgamation Implementation) Regulation 2013". Local Government Act 2009. Queensland Government. Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "2013 Noosa Shire Council - Councillor Election". Electoral Commission of Queensland. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  12. ^ Howard, Jonathon (19 June 2014). "‘No division’ Noosa shire". Star Community. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "The end of an era". Sunshine Coast Daily. 14 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  14. ^ *Noosa Longweekend Festival 2010, Australia, 2010.

Further reading[edit]

  • Wells, Robin A. (2003). In the Tracks of a Rainbow: Indigenous Culture and Legends of the Sunshine Coast. Gullirae Books. ISBN 0-9580854-0-4. 
  • Cato, Nancy (1979). The Noosa Story: a study in unplanned development. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 0-7016-2635-6. 
  • Petrie, Tom (1904). Tom Petrie's reminiscences of Early Queensland. Angus & Robertson Publishers. ISBN 0-207-14629-2. 
  • (2005). Noosa Shire Council Home. Retrieved 4 May 2005.

External links[edit]

  • Noosa News - Latest news, local stories and sport from Noosa, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland
  • Tourism Noosa Website - News, natural history and township history, Noosa community events & visitor information
  • [1] - Noosa Arts Theatre Official Website
  • [2] - Noosa Longweekend Annual Event Official Website

Coordinates: 26°23′19″S 153°02′05.3″E / 26.38861°S 153.034806°E / -26.38861; 153.034806