Rivers & Creeks

The Noosa River is one of three river catchments located within or partly within the Noosa Shire Council area.

The Noosa River flows south from the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park into Laguna Bay. It is fed by springs that drain major sand deposits and is one of the few Queensland Rivers with a continuous year-round freshwater inflow.

A number of the Mary River tributaries are located in the hinterland regions of Noosa Shire. Six Mile Creek is the largest of these and Lake Macdonald is the impounded reservoir of the Six Mile Creek Dam, which forms part of South East Queensland's drinking water supply. These creeks flow into the Mary River and north to Hervey Bay.

Tributaries of the Maroochy River catchment are found in the southern parts of the Shire near Lake Weyba. These are the headwaters of Doonan Creek and the northern arm of Stumers Creek. Both these creeks flow south from the Noosa border.

The Draft Noosa River Plan

The Noosa River Plan is Council’s key strategic document on maintaining the health of the Noosa River. There are many different agencies involved in the management of the Noosa River and some elements within the plan are within Council’s direct control, while for others Council takes an advocacy role on behalf of the local community.

In 2017, Council endorsed a review and update of the previous Noosa River Plan (2004) and a new Draft Noosa River Plan, incorporating a whole of catchment approach to managing the Noosa River system, has been developed. Public consultation on this new Draft Plan occurred in December 2019/January 2020.

This new Draft River Plan is not yet endorsed by Noosa Council and is waiting on further community feedback before finalisation. A key input to this will be the newly developed Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee, in partnership with Maritime Safety Queensland, who will provide feedback on community priorities to inform the final version of the new Noosa River Plan.

Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee is to engage key community stakeholders to provide objective advice and recommendations towards the sustainable use conservation and management of the Noosa River and its catchment.

Noosa Council and Maritime Safety Queensland have recently sought expressions of interest for the membership of the Committee. These are currently being assessed and the make-up of the committee will be announced soon.

The committee membership will set the priorities on the river-related issues and will be a key driver in the both the finalisation and implementation of the River Plan.

By bringing Noosa Council together with Maritime Safety Queensland it is hoped that many of the concerns raised about the health and uses of the river will be able to be dealt with in one forum.

Where other Government and non-government agencies are required, they will either be invited to inform the Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee as needed or alternative methods of communication will be set up to engage with them.


Name Sectors represented (as nominated by the candidate, primary sector first)
Brett de Chastel Joint Chair Noosa Shire Council
Angus Mitchell Joint Chair Maritime Safety Queensland
Ben Broadfoot  Recreational fishing, conservation group
Joanne Daley Recreational boating
Bruce Davidson Recreational Fishing 
Michael Gloster Conservation group, recreational boating
Jane Harris Recreational boating
Nick Hluszko Other – community leader experienced in river issues
Richard Howard NRM group, conservation group
Peter Hunnam NRM group, recreational boating
Chris Massoud Commercial fishing
Phillip Moran NRM Group
Noel Playford Other – residents and ratepayers, Other – recreational users
Agnes Reed Recreational boating
Lachlan Stevens Commercial boating, Tourism
David Stielow Commercial operator, tourism
Shaun Walsh Committee support provided by Noosa Council 

Meeting Minutes:

More information 

Please email nrsac@noosa.qld.gov.au for more information

Statistics and Facts

River and Creek Health

More about Noosa River System

Management of the Noosa River

Topic Management Agency Contact Details
  • Non-compliance of Noosa River Marine Zones e.g. private Jet Skis, hovercraft, airboats and seaplanes
  • Exclusion Zone – Noosa North Shore Migratory shorebird habitat Complaints about 4WD, horses and dogs accessing this area.
  • Commercial jetty lease complaints
  • River foreshore hazards
  • Litter hotspots
Noosa Council Customer Service Centre
(07) 5329 6500 (including After Hours emergencies)
  • Injured, sick or orphaned wildlife
  • Marine animal strandings


(1300 264 625)


  • Applications for buoy moorings
  • Maintains aids to navigation and marine signage
  • Undertakes related education with industry and community groups
  • Administers and enforces the Transport Operations (Marine Pollution) Act 1995 and Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 2004, and the regulations

Maritime Safety QLD

Mooloolaba office
General enquires (business hours)
(07) 5373 2310

After hours incident reporting:
(07) 3305 1700

  • Commercial Vessel Certification, licencing and compliance for DCVs as from July 1, 2018
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) National Regulator for Domestic Commercial Vessels (DCV)  
  • Applications for living on board approvals
  • Complaints about living on board vessels
  • Complaints about anchoring within 30m of a structure
  • Complaints about construction and works on watercraft
  • Administers the Transport Infrastructure Act 1994, and Waterways Regulation 2012
TMR Boat Harbour Team (Mooloolaba) boatharbours@tmr.qld.gov.au
  • Enforces fisheries and boating safety laws through surveillance and inspection, as well as undertaking related education with industry and community groups
  • Implements and enforces compliance to Queensland's fishing rules and regulations
  • Managing compliance in Queensland's fisheries (PDF 1.3MB) outlines how they achieve optimal compliance

QLD Boating & Fisheries Patrol

Tewantin office
(07) 5449 7555

  • Commercial Jetty Leases/Renewals

Department of Natural Resources

State Land Asset Management
(07) 5451 2245

Note: If logging a complaint please provide sufficient details of the offence for the relevant management agency to take appropriate action. This includes the registration number of boat or trailer, date, time, location and photographic evidence.