Our mission is to work together to develop big ideas research, fundraising, advocacy and action for projects that enhance biodiversity conservation and promote sustainable living in Noosa.

Through our Symposiums, we develop Big Ideas and projects with stakeholders and community representatives that provide local solutions to the unique conservation and sustainability issues of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve across our priority areas of Land, Water, Wildlife, and People & Economy.

Our Symposiums provide a systematic approach to the projects we support, ensuring they are science-based, collaborative, strategic and complementary to the good work already being done by the many organisations, care and researchers groups working in specific industry areas.

Our approach is to canvass local and regional expertise on specific industry topics. We then convene a 1-day expert symposium of industry stakeholders, scientists and community representatives where we identify gaps in knowledge, priorities needs and co-design big idea solutions.

Below are the Symposiums we’ve held to date.

Marine Species Protection Symposium

The Marine Species Protection Symposium aims to develop a preferred trial of shark control measures and to identify potential research projects to ensure the protection of marine species in the waters of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. As a result of the symposium, NBRF, in collaboration with the Queensland Government, hosted a series of community workshops in August 2022 and is currently developing a bespoke public education campaign, Surf Safe Noosa, due to launch in Summer 2023.

WHEN: May 2021

Glossy Black-Cockatoo Forum

The Noosa Biosphere Reserve is a significant habitat with records of up to one third of the entire known population of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo. The Glossy Black-Cockatoo Forum sought to share current knowledge and activities on Glossies, identify gaps and opportunities for future management. The priority is to coordinate better understanding and protection of their habitat and ensure the future survival of this iconic species.

WHEN: November 2020

Koala Symposium

The Koala Symposium brought together local and regional koala expertise, researchers, care and management groups to provide input into the development of key priority actions to Bring Back the Koala in Noosa. The output is to seek funding for critical for on-ground koala conservation, care and research efforts that invest in potential gaps, and avoid duplication of effort from the excellent initiatives already being implemented and supported by key stakeholder organisations.

WHEN: November 2019

koala in the noosa biosphere