Noosa has been named the 10th World Surfing Reserve, recognising decades of best practice in coastal management and protection that have resulted in Noosa’s international reputation as one of surfing’s natural wonders.
When the Noosa World Surfing Reserve is dedicated next March, it will become only the third Australian World Surfing Reserve, following in the footsteps of Sydney’s Manly Beach (2012) and the southern Gold Coast (2016).
Noosa National Surfing Reserve chairperson Phil Jarratt said Noosa’s submission recognised the generations of responsible management, thanks to the people who put the first protective layers in place almost 60 years ago.
The World Surfing Reserve status follows a two-year campaign by local surfers since the dedication of the Noosa National Surfing Reserve in March 2015.
A World Surfing Reserve identifies, designates and preserves outstanding waves, surf zones and surrounding environments around the world by recognising and protecting their key environmental, cultural, economic and community attributes.
Now the Noosa World Surfing Reserve has the responsibility of helping to continue that protection of Noosa’s surf beaches into future generations.
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