About the Awards
Noosa is recognised globally for its outstanding biodiversity values and rich cultural history. Designation by UNESCO as the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, recognises the ongoing efforts of our community to manage Noosa’s land, waters and wildlife sustainably – and maintain a balance between people and nature.
The Noosa Biosphere Awards celebrates the individuals, businesses and organisations implementing local solutions to the global challenges of sustainable development and addressing climate change. The Awards recognise people who are making a difference in our community and are championing environmental and sustainability excellence.
The Noosa Biosphere Awards is an initiative of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation as part of the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme celebrations – It’s About Life! Winners will be announced at the Noosa Biosphere Gala on 2 November 2021.
- Nominations & Entries Open: Friday 13 August 2021
- Launch & Info Session: Tuesday, 7 September 5pm
- Entries Close: midnight, Sunday 26 September
- Finalists Announced: October
- Winners Announced: Tuesday, 2 November at the Noosa Biosphere Gala
Know someone you think is deserving of a Noosa Biosphere Award? Nominate them today! A nomination is not an entry, but we’ll let them know they have been nominated. It’s up to them to then decide if they wish to enter.
Apply for the Noosa Biosphere Awards
Benefits of entering
The benefits of entering this program include:
- Noosa Biosphere Awards Winners and Finalists will receive an official logo for use in future marketing
- Winners will be profiled on the Noosa Biosphere Awards website
- Winners and finalists will receive promotion of their organisation, project or cause through media coverage and social media marketing in the lead up to the Gala event, on the night and following the Award announcements.
- Meaningful recognition for your contribution to sustainability by the Noosa community.
- Share the award with your team to acknowledge and recognise their efforts and contribution.
- Celebrate with your team, peers and community at the Noosa Biosphere Gala.
- Opportunity to network with business leaders, sponsors and influential community members at the Gala event (tickets not included/guaranteed).
- Build your brand profile through the promotion of your organisation or cause.
Aim of the Awards
Noosa is recognised globally for its outstanding biodiversity values and rich cultural history. In 2007, the Noosa Shire was awarded Biosphere Reserve status under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MaB) Programme in recognition of the ongoing efforts of our community to manage Noosa’s land, waters and wildlife sustainably – while maintaining a balance between people and nature. The Noosa Biosphere is one of only four recognised UNESCO biosphere reserves in Australia and is part of a network of more than 700 sites worldwide.
The MAB programme aims to establish a scientific basis and support for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments. Biosphere reserves are ‘living labs’. They are learning places seeking to develop and test local solutions to the global challenges of sustainable development and biodiversity health.
The Noosa Biosphere Awards aims to celebrate local projects, products and service to the community that align with the UNESCO MaB Programme objectives and aim to broadly address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our focus is on acknowledging individuals, businesses and organisations that are implementing local solutions to the global challenges of sustainable development and addressing climate change. The Awards recognise people who are making a difference in our community and are leading the way.
There are four award categories for nomination: Land, Water, Wildlife and People & Economy.
- The individual, business or organisation must be based in or operate within the Noosa Shire; with activities benefiting the Noosa Biosphere Reserve.
- Represent one or more of our four priority areas of Land, Water, Wildlife and People & Economy
- Should meet at least two of the objectives of the UNESCO MaB Programme objectives:
- (a) Combine the natural and social sciences with a view to improving human livelihoods and safeguarding natural and managed ecosystems
- (b) Establish a scientific basis for enhancing the relationship between people and their environments.
- (c) Promoting innovative approaches to economic development that are socially and culturally appropriate and environmentally sustainable.
- Aim to meet at least three of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
KEY FOCUS AREAS
Applicants should fall into one of these key focus areas:
- Environmental Conservation
- Social and Cultural connection
- Sustainable economic development
- Education and Research
- Community Engagement and Collaboration
- Innovation and Technology
How to enter the Noosa Biosphere Awards
Anyone can nominate someone else for the Noosa Biosphere Awards. Nominees will be notified. It is then up to the nominee to determine if they are eligible and decide if they wish to enter the Awards. If you are nominating an Individual, you can complete the Awards Application on their behalf so long as you have the Individual’s consent.
Nominations & Entries have now closed.
To Enter the Noosa Biosphere Awards, download the Awards Entry Application Form (Word Doc). Submit the completed Application by the closing date of midnight Sunday 26 September 2021. Email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions & Information
For more information or if you have any questions about eligibility and how to enter, contact the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation, via the Contact Us page.
Or phone Sharon Wright, Executive Coordinator on (07) 5474 0932.
Michael brings a unique set of skills as a panellist in judging the inaugural Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation Awards. Firstly, his wide commercial experience in the arts, tourism, environment and government; and a special understanding of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Program through being the first Executive Chairman of the original Noosa Biosphere Reserve Ltd.
He has been a judge of the Excellence in Innovation Awards; Tourism and Accommodation Awards; Sunshine Coast Business Awards and supports the Business-Mentors Noosa mentoring program as a tutor. Michael’s voluntary community work as Chairman of Noosa Biosphere, Original Eumundi Markets and Tourism Noosa is well regarded.
Vivien Griffin is a long-time Noosa resident who served for many years as a Noosa Councillor. As a Noosa Parks Association member and former Sunshine Coast Environment Council President, she has contributed to the team effort involved in some of the region’s important environmental campaigns Upon retiring from local government, she identified climate change action as her major focus, and founded Zero Emissions Noosa Inc. in 2016 alongside a team of passionate and dedicated volunteers. The goal of the organisation is “Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2026”. Vivien would like to see the Noosa community become recognised for its leadership on climate action, just as in the past it led the way in protecting the natural environment. For Vivien, the motto “Think global, act local” has never been more relevant than in these challenging times.
Phil is a respected local biodiversity expert. With more than 30 years’ experience, he is trusted by private and public landholders to provide sound advice on conservation, property planning, restoration and sustainable land use. He is a charismatic educator who has inspired many school and university students in his 20 years with Noosa Landcare and has dedicated many hours to supporting trainees, Community Jobs program participants and Green Army teams. He has also established a Nature Refuge in Cooran. Phil heads up Noosa Landcare operations and sits on the Management Committee.
Judy is a Chemical Engineer (graduated in 1974 from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with Distinction) who spent more than 30 years working to promote and implement sustainability around the world with an emphasis on developing countries in Asia.
On retirement Judy returned to Noosa. She was selected to be a volunteer member of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation Board. After leaving the board, Judy has remained an active member of the Foundation. Judy serves on the management team for a charity Santa’s Classy Helpers who every year give support to about 300 families who need a helping hand at Christmas.
Cr Brian Stockwell
Brian will celebrate 40 years as a Noosa resident in November 2021. Now in his third term of Council he was first elected to Council in 1988. Before his re-election in 2016, Brian had a career in local and state government in senior leadership roles. In 2014 Brian started his own consultancy, Watershed Australia, and to lecture in physical geography and regional sustainability at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
In his roles as Councillor, planner and catchment coordinator Brian helped facilitate the formation of Noosa Landcare, Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee and Cooloola Coastcare in the late 80s early 90s and has been actively associated with these groups since then. An active member of the community Brian is the current President of Noosa Lions Football Club, past Chair of the Noosa Biosphere Environment Sector Board, past Group Leader of Noosa Sea Scouts, past President of the Noosa Residents and Ratepayers Association and the Cooroy Chamber of Commerce.
Cr Amelia Lorentson
Proud daughter of Italian immigrants, Amelia grew up in the suburbs of Brisbane, where she studied law before working as an Operations Manager in Sydney. Amelia holds a Bachelor of Laws from QUT and a Masters in Industrial Relations and Labour Law from University of Sydney. She moved to Noosa 20 years ago where she devoted herself to her family and to the Noosa community. Noosa’s beaches and national parks, are where she feels most connected to water and land, and to her community. Amelia entered politics to effect positive change. Her mottos are: “I am no longer accepting things that I cannot change. I am changing the things that I cannot accept.” and “Tough on Issues, soft on people.”
Cr Tom Wegener
Cr Wegener brings his expertise as a sustainable surfboard manufacturer, academic and environmental lawyer to the NBRF Board as Noosa Council’s representative. For the past 20 years, Tom has run his internationally successful and multiple award-winning surfboard business in Noosa. His bespoke, highly sought-after boards have led the surfboard industry to greener manufacturing processes. Tom holds a PhD in the sustainability of small manufacturers in Australia, his findings were published in his book, Surfboard Artisans For The Love.
Prior to coming to Noosa, Tom graduated from the University of California San Diego with a BA in Philosophy and a Jurist Doctorate from the University of San Diego School of Law. Tom focused on environmental law and worked for Greenpeace as well as starting the Environmental Law Society.
Cr Karen Finzel
Karen has lived in Noosa since the mid 80’s and was elected as Councillor in 2020. She is a passionate advocate for the Noosa Shire with a strong voice for the Hinterland community and champion for women and children’s rights. A background in medical administration and primary health care shows through in her measured approach and empathy for people. Karen is an avid supporter of the Arts, and currently sits on the Board of Noosa Open Studios as Council Liaison, Chairperson for the RADF Committee and also the Noosa Shire Heritage Reference Group. She has facilitated and led many local projects including Tall Trees Art, One Million Stars Project and initiated the Pomona children’s playground and bus service. The Noosa Shire Women’s Collaborative Network project has been initiated this year following Karen’s recent selection from over 200 applications Australia wide as 1 of 10 women chosen to participate in a 4 day intensive Leadership Training Program hosted by the National Rural Women’s Coalition Canberra.
Land Category Finalists
Sponsored by University of the Sunshine Coast
- PermEco Inc.
- Dangerbridge Nature Reserve
- Noosa & District Landcare – Keeping it in Kin Kin project
Water Category Finalists
Sponsored by Tourism Noosa
- Land & Sea Brewery (Can for a Cause)
- Noosa Integrated Catchment Association
- Noosa World Surfing Reserve.
Wildlife Category Finalists
Sponsored by International Fund for Animal Welfare
- Meghan Halverson
- Rachel Lyons
- Dr Romane Cristescu
People & Economy Category Finalists
Sponsored by Noosa Council Economic Development
- Noosa Environmental Education Hub
- Plastic Free Noosa
Land Category Winner
Noosa & District Landcare (Keeping it in Kin Kin project)
Water Category Winner
Noosa Integrated Catchment Association
Wildlife Category Winner
People & Economy Winner
Noosa Environmental Education Hub