Noosa Landcare Comes Of Age
Oct 25, 2013
10 October 2013
Noosa Landcare comes of age
The historic Majestic theatre in Pomona hummed as 100 guests celebrated Noosa & District Landcare’s [NDLG] 21st birthday.
From humble beginnings the group has grown to be an integral part of our community.
What began in the lounge room of DPI horticulturalist Paul O’Hare in 1989, NDLG has evolved into a group of with a several hundred members and an annual budget of well over $1 million.
NDLG General Manager Phillip Moran said we wanted to mark the occasion by showing our thanks to all who made it possible over the years. Our partners, members, staff and committees have all contributed to where we sit today.
The Group’s core values are entrenched in the ethos of the Landcare brand, with a focus on sustainability, building community capacity and encouraging locals to become stewards of our land.
The group community spirit is exemplified by the good work of many who were instrumental in the creation of “Station Place.” The Place was previously vacant railway land and is now a beautiful public space demonstrating the use of native plants in landscape design within the heart of Pomona. This is one of the legacies from NDLG to the Noosa Biosphere region.
In his opening address Mr Moran stated: “At Landcare we endeavour to care for country, indeed some years ago we adopted a filter system for all our work and it is simply this; what is good for the land comes first… so everything we do has to get put through that filter.”
The celebration was sponsored SEQ Catchments Ltd, Noosa Sheraton Resort & Spa, Noosa Biosphere Ltd, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee and Goorie Vision.
Simon Warner, CEO of SEQ Catchments Ltd said he was thrilled to participate in the 21st birthday celebrations of Noosa & District Landcare Group Inc.
“I think there is a wonderful future for Landcare and people working within this industry.” Mr Warner said.
Highlights of the evening included a series of speeches which took the audience through a quirky audio journey of the organisation, catering was provided by in house restaurant Valentino’s and live entertainment by The Flumes with their unique brand of music and local singing sensation Andrea Kirwin.