ASB MAGAZINE: Noosa has officially been declared the 10th World Surfing Reserve. The honour was awarded by the international non-governmental organisation Save the Waves Coalition and recognises the region’s environmental and cultural significance. The recognition will provide management and protection for beaches and five surf breaks between Sunshine Beach and the Noosa River. 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,” said Phil Jarratt.
Phil Jarratt said the reserve would provide credibility to lobby and work with local and state governments for the betterment of the region.
“It gives us a seat at the table to discuss issues related to beach and coastal management,” he said. “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,” said Jarratt.
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.
An official dedication ceremony to mark the honor and plaque will be unveiled at Noosa in March 2018.