Shire of Noosa
|Shire of Noosa
Location within Queensland
|Population||51,962 (2006 census)|
|• 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|
|Region||South East Queensland|
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.
The Shire of Noosa was re-established on 1 January 2014.
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.
Early European settlement
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2012, a proposal was made to de-amalgamate the Shire of Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Region. On 9 March 2013, Noosa residents voted to de-amalgamate Noosa from the Sunshine Coast Council. 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). The Shire of Noosa was re-established on 1 January 2014.
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.
The council consisted of an elected mayor and nine councillors—three representing Division One, which covered the vast majority of the Shire's area, and two representing each of Divisions 2 (Tewantin and northern beaches), 3 (Noosaville) and 4 (southern beaches).
Current council members
|Name||Years as councillor||Position in council|
|Bob Abbott||2014–Present||Deputy mayor|
Towns and localities
The Shire of Noosa contains both a cluster of suburbs and a hinterland region which is more rural in focus.
Chairmen and mayors of Noosa Shire
- 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)
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 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.
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- 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
-  - Noosa Arts Theatre Official Website
-  - Noosa Longweekend Annual Event Official Website