Noosa River Management

Boats on Noosa River

The Noosa River is a beautiful and complex waterway, and management of this dynamic system involves multiple agencies across all three tiers of government (Local, State and Commonwealth) in managing different locations, impacts and activities on the river. With that understanding, the local Noosa Shire Council (Noosa Council), and the State regulatory agency for coastal waters of Queensland, Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ), have committed as co-chairs to a Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee (NRSAC) with an aim to engage with local stakeholders and communities as an essential component in the management of the Noosa River and its catchment.

Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee

The Noosa River Stakeholder Advisory Committee (NRSAC) has been formed with key community representatives across sectors of river use including community, recreational, fishing, tourism and environmental.

The purpose of NRSAC is to provide advice to Noosa Council and Maritime Safety Queensland on sustainable use and management of the Noosa River and its catchment. NRSAC is not a decision-making body.

The objectives of the NRSAC are:

  • Prioritise issues impacting upon the Noosa River and catchment
  • Analyse problems and consider solutions including Initiation of ideas
  • Consider recommendations prepared by Noosa Council and MSQ and provide feedback
  • Support informed discussion and consultation within the community at appropriate times
  • Consider the long term best practice governance for the Noosa River and its catchment including clear vision and goals
  • Ensure the local Kabi Kabi (Gubbi Gubbi) are effectively engaged and bring a First Nations perspective to ongoing management of the Noosa River and its catchment

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.

NRSAC Committee Members

Name Sectors represented (as nominated by the candidate, primary sector first)
Scott Waters Joint Chair Noosa Shire Council
Kell Dillon Joint Chair Maritime Safety Queensland
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
Agnes Reed Recreational boating
Lachlan Stevens Commercial boating, Tourism
Richard Wilschke Tourism Sector
Erica Hamp Tourism Sector
Amy Kimber Committee support provided by Noosa Council 

The community members on the committee were selected following a publicly advertised selection process, and have been appointed for 2 years from March 2021

It is noted that Noosa Mayor, Clare Stewart and Member for Noosa, Sandy Bolton, have a standing invitation to attend the NRSAC meetings as observers.

NRSAC Meeting Minutes

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Terms of Reference

NRSAC Terms of Reference


Media releases/updates

28 October 2021
13 September 2021 
1 July 2021
17 May 2021

MSQ Media Release - Noosa River Speed Limit Review - February 2022


Maritime Safety Queensland are currently undertaking consultation on a proposal to reduce speed limits on the lower Noosa River to 6 knots and seeking feedback. Information about the proposal is available here. Please email Maritime Safety Queensland for more information.

Status of 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.

More information about Noosa River System

Please email for more information