Eco Warriors: An Adventure Noosa Group initiative
A group of passionate local businesses have joined forces with Plastic Free Noosa, hosting regular community events to help clean up our shore lines and protect our precious ecosystem. Ingrid Nelson discovers how we can all make a difference.
For the first time earlier this month, more than 45 local champions gathered to clean up the Noosa foreshore, collecting a whopping 16 bags of rubbish in just one hour!
An initiative of Adventure Noosa Group, comprised of 60 passionate tour and accommodation providers, hospitality venues, breweries, adrenaline junkies and tourism promoters. The group meets every six to eight weeks to discuss ideas on how to boost tourism and entice youth travellers to the Noosa Region, followed by a Plastic Free Noosa clean up in various Noosa villages and beaches.
“These Business members all care a lot about the environment and make extensive efforts to look after the presentation of our Noosa Biosphere Reserve, as well provide opportunities to educate their customers on how they too can make a difference when in the region,” says Plastic Free Noosa Program Manager, Anita Butler.
“For many of these operators, the majority of their business comes from our international visitors. Despite no international travel for the foreseeable future, this group still somehow manages to ooze positivity and prove how resilience, teamwork and fun can really pull a community together.
“The clean-ups are a great way for the group to connect and now more than ever, these small businesses need our support and we urge the community to get behind them wherever possible.”
On a mission to inspire others to take care of our beautiful biosphere region, 11-year-old Plastic Free Noosa Ambassador Jarrah Small was front and centre at the inaugural clean up event in Noosaville. On hand was the crew from Heads of Noosa Brewery offering a well-deserved cold beverage to the local heroes, who collected 15 kilograms of rubbish in total.
Future clean-ups will take place on Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosa Junction and K’gari (Fraser Island) and all members of the local community are invited to participate.
“Come and join them on the Plastic Free Noosa clean-ups, which are proudly sponsored by Heads of Noosa Brewery, or simply just come and say hi to encourage and meet these local eco-warriors as they forge on into uncertain times.”
For more information about the Plastic Free Noosa program, which is supported by Noosa Council and Tourism Noosa visit: www.plasticfreenoosa.org