Noosa - it’s beaches and five glorious points added to the list of World Surfing Reserves today (Friday 17). Photo supplied by Paul Smith, Noosa WSR
17 November 17
A four-kilometre stretch of surf breaks at Noosa on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has officially been declared the 10th World Surfing Reserve.
The honour, awarded to the popular tourist zone by the international non-governmental organisation Save the Waves Coalition, recognises the region's environmental and cultural significance.
Noosa National Surfing Reserve committee member Phil Jarratt said being included in a global network of designated surfing reserves would protect Noosa's beaches.
"It's a tremendous honour and a great way to preserve what we have for future generations," Mr Jarratt said.
The accolade will provide management and protection for beaches and five surf breaks between Sunshine Beach and the Noosa River.
Mr Jarratt said the reserve would provide credibility to lobby and work with local and state governments for the betterment of the region.
"Especially when it relates to things that might damage the surf breaks."
Mr Jarratt said it was vital that Noosa's iconic surf zones were protected for all Australians to enjoy.
"The reserve will also be a major plus for tourism [as] Noosa's is one of Australia's best international drawcards," he said.
World Surfing Reserves:
Snapper Rocks, Queensland
Manly Beach, NSW
Santa Cruz, California
Bahia Todos Santos, Mexio
Punta de Lobos, Chile
Guardo do Embau, Brazil
Save the Waves Coalition executive director Nik Strong-Cvetich said Noosa exceeded the judging criteria.
"Noosa more than deserves this honour," he said.
"The combination of diverse point breaks within a protected natural area, and the importance of surfing in the cultural fabric of the town made it an outstanding candidate."
Mr Strong-Cvetich said as part of the judging, the quality and consistency of waves, environmental characteristics, local history and culture and local support and capacity were assessed.
Mr Jarratt said he hoped Noosa's inclusion in the coveted group could help other countries more vulnerable to development threats.
"Many of the other beaches selected have difficult situations regarding development prospects and environmental issues," he said.
"We're known worldwide for our best practices when it comes to coastal management."
An official dedication ceremony to mark the honour and plaque will be unveiled at Noosa in March 2018.
AUTHORS: JANEL SHORTHOUSE & JO SKINNER