The Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC) hosts the Annual Noosa Festival of Water. MRCCC works with the community and interested sectors, to promote a common view of a sustainable and productive catchment through education and awareness, planning and assisting interest sectors to adopt best land and water management practices.
The Mary River Catchment is one of the most diverse catchments in Queensland. It covers 9595 km2 from Maleny to River Heads and contains a population of over 200,000 people, both on the land and in urban areas. Economic activities in the Mary River Catchment range from dairying, beef, forestry, fishing, horticulture, sugar, tourism, sand and gravel extraction, small industry and cottage arts and craft.
The Mary River itself is 310 km long and water quality varies from fresh through to saline in the estuarine areas where the river flows into the RAMSAR listed wetlands of the Great Sandy Strait, home to dugongs, migrating whales and migratory birds. This complex catchment is subject to high intensity cyclonic rainfall on very steep slopes and is experiencing major changes in land use, increased competition for resources, and rapid population growth.
The dedicated staff and committee members of the MRCCC support a wide range of government funded and community initiated projects that work to create awareness and protect the environment in which the water we rely on is captured.
Noosa & District Landcare is a dynamic and proactive organisation committed to achieving long term environmental outcomes, it’s staff and volunteers ably assist the MRCCC to host the Annual Noosa Festival of Water.
For more than 20 years Noosa & District Landcare has worked directly with landholders, government, private investors, schools, universities and catchment care groups in the Burnett, Mary and Sunshine Coast regions.
Whilst operating primarily at a grass roots level, Noosa & District Landcare also contributes at a strategic planning level on matters of state and national significance, in vegetation management and horticulture, offering a diverse range of services including carbon offsets, ecosystem restoration, native forest establishment and environmental property consultancy.
Noosa Council funds the Noosa Festival of Water as one of it’s Signature Events, also providing an information stall on the day.
Seqwater, the management agency for, among other things, Lake Macdonald, financially supports the Festival.
Unitywater, supplier of water and sewage treatment services to the Moreton Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions provides support for the Festival, and it’s “Back to Tap” water trailer on the day.
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas have again provided an accommodation package to encourage feedback from festival goers that will shape future events.
Queensland Water and Land Carers the peak body for natural resource management volunteers has donated funds towards the cost of running the festival.
Burnett Mary Regional Group the peak body for natural resource management in our catchment supports the Festival.
Our sincere thanks go out to the host of volunteers who work tirelessly to stage the Noosa Festival of Water every year including:
- Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee
- Noosa Landcare
- Noosa Council
- Burnett Mary Regional Group
- Gerry Cook Hatchery
- Noosa Botanic Gardens staff
- Bomerang Bags
- Bat Rescue Inc.
- Lake Macdonald Fishing Club
- Noosa Tewantin Lions Club
- Cooroy SES
- Noosa Integrated Catchment Association
- Noosa Community Biosphere Association
- Save Fraser Island Dingoes
- Noosa Biosphere
- Sunshine Coast Wildlife Preservation Society
- Friends of the Noosa Botanic Gardens
- Green Army