New Residents

Welcome from the MayorCr Tony Wellington

On behalf of Noosa Council and the residents of the Noosa Shire, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our special place. This is the land of the Gubbi Gubbi, also known as Kabi Kabi, first nation people.

Today’s Noosa offers a lifestyle that is arguably unparalleled. We enjoy an ideal sub-tropical climate, superb beaches, mountains and forests, plus a river and lake system unlike any other.

Noosa also offers fine dining and quality shopping, a multitude of events, a vibrant arts culture, a plethora of sporting opportunities and an increasingly diverse local economy.

But the real key to the Noosa way-of-life is its laid-back ethos, with none of the hustle-and-bustle of big cities, but plenty of sophistication nevertheless.

The lack of big city symbols, such as high-rise buildings, traffic lights and billboards, is completely intentional. Since the 1980s the aim has been to retain Noosa’s village feel whilst honouring the natural landscape. Noosa could have become just like other popular coastal resort towns. But it didn’t. That’s because modern Noosa was idealised and fought for.

Passionate residents battled to enlarge the original Noosa National Park, to protect the headland's foreshore, and to extend the park southwards so it would act as a buffer against unfettered coastal development. Today the headland section of the Noosa National Park is one of the most visited national parks in Australia, and thus a major economic driver for our local economy.

And again, it was residents, with the support of other Queenslanders, who fought to protect the geological marvel that is the Cooloola sandmass (the mainland section of The Great Sandy National Park).

The Noosa Council of the late 1980s and the 1990s established constraints on human development. State forest and other conservation lands were gradually converted to National Park, a process that continues today.

It was thus community activism combined with political idealism that delivered Noosa a strong local economy, a great lifestyle for our residents, and an enviable tourism reputation.

Noosa Council prides itself on being accessible, consultative and transparent in its procedures. Feel free to contact our customer service staff if you have any concerns or queries relating to Council operations, or search our website for more information.

Enjoy the Shire's natural wonders. Relish its towns, events, restaurants, galleries, markets and sporting opportunities. And, most of all, engage with our welcoming community.

Noosa is not just a destination, it's a way of life. There's certainly nowhere else on the planet that I'd rather live.

I'm glad you could join us.


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