Timeline of Noosa: 2000-2014 Timeline of Noosa: 2000-2014

2000

The Regional Skate Park adjacent to the Noosa Aquatic Centre at Girraween was officially opened.

The Shire water treatment plant at Lake Macdonald was upgraded and augmented.

The Council relocated its Noosaville Works Depot further up Eumundi Road to the former Energex depot on 31st July.

Badly eroded sections of Noosa’s Main Beach were restored using sand dredged from the river mouth.

A free Holiday Bus service over the Christmas/New Year holiday period was introduced in order to reduce traffic congestion.

2001

The Wallace House reopened after restoration. The historic landmark had suffered substantial fire damage in 1999.

The Council launched its new Cabomba harvester to combat aquatic weed infestation which had occurred in its Lake Macdonald water storage area.

The historic Parkyn's Hut opened as the Tewantin Heritage and Tourist Information Centre. It is located adjacent to the Royal Mail Hotel.

The first stage of the Eenie Creek arterial road was completed (Eumundi Road to Reef Street).

The development company Ariadne withdrew from plans to develop the 51 hectare Shire Business Centre, at Eenie Creek, Noosaville. Brisbane firm W.A. Stockwell Pty Ltd took on the project.

The upgrade of the Noosaville Foreshore commenced. The cost of the award-winning project amounted to $2.2 million.

On the recommendation of the community-based Tourism Collaborative Board, the Council introduced a rate-based tourism levy. As well as that the Council established the Tourism Community Sector Board, the Arts & Heritage Board, the Economic Board, the Environmental Board and the Social Board to help guide strategic and long term planning.

The staged development of the Noosa Trail Network in the Kin Kin, Cooran and Lake Macdonald areas commenced.

2002

The decommissioned Boral lower mill site at Cooroy was handed over to the Council for community purposes such as fine furniture design.

The staged construction of 250 new car parking spaces in Noosa Junction commenced. For this purpose Cooyar Street was realigned towards the National Park. The project was completed in 2003.

As a consequence of long months of drought, water restrictions were introduced as a short-term measure.

2003

To counteract erosion on Noosa’s Main Beach the Council opted for a scheme to recycle sand from the western end of the Main Beach (on the ocean side of the river mouth groyne) to the Park Road end of Main Beach conveying it via a pipeline which is mostly concealed. The alternative option in consideration had been to construct an artificial reef. After years of research this option had been discarded. Trials with a submerged sand pump commenced in December. In January the results were considered successful and the test run was extended to July 2006 while plans were developed for a permanent installation.

W.A. Stockwell Pty Ltd was issued with a development permit to construct the proposed Shire Business Centre (SBC) at Eenie Creek Road, Noosaville, which today is named Noosa Civic. The permit was based on the condition that the centre would not open until the end of January 2006. This condition was aimed at coordinating the opening of the centre with the scheduled completion of the new arterial road Walter Hay Drive (Emu Mountain Road to Eenie Creek Road). This road building was publicly financed. As provided in the Shire's agreement the State Government was to meet interest charges from July 2006 on construction cost and in due course to fully fund the project.

2004

The northern section of the Walter Hay Drive was completed.

In response to resident demand, the State Government transferred the South Peregian Beach area from Maroochy into Noosa Shire at the March elections.

The sewerage scheme of the Shire’s coastal section was completed. The multi-million dollar project had been executed according to a five-year programme.

Stage two of the construction of Eenie Creek Road (Reef Street to Langura Street) began. This stage included a 515 metre bridge across Weyba Creek.

A petition against the Government’s intention to amalgamate the Shires of Noosa, Maroochy and Caloundra attracted 18,747 signatures (most of them in just one day at Federal election booths) and was presented to State Parliament.

The Shire's Living Smart Building Awards (aka the Glossies) were launched. They are intended to raise awareness amongst designers, builders and owners about environmentally friendly construction and use of buildings.

The smelly algae Hincksia sordida infested Noosa’s Main Beach for much longer than usual, creating a nuisance from October until the end of the year. It is non-toxic and occurs naturally with the prevailing north wind.

2005

Healthy Waterways were commissioned to undertake an urgent study to determine the origin and behaviour of the algal blooms, to determine whether or not accumulations can be managed and alleviated on a local or regional scale. Expressions of interest were sought for mitigation measures such as an off-shore diversion net, a drag net and an algae collection and removal system.

The Noosa River Plan was endorsed by State Cabinet after a decision making process which took years. The initiatives in the Plan are intended to contribute to our A rated waterway in a sustainable way. They are to be implemented in stages.

As part of the SHINE (Safe Homes in Noosa Everyday) project, the Christian Outreach Church, Zonta, community and Council joined forces to build three dwelling units to provide temporary shelter for victims of domestic violence. The construction was accomplished over three weekends.

The construction of the southern section of the Walter Hay Drive began.

The Noosa Community Environment Trust was launched in order to encourage benefactors to make tax-free donations towards local environmental projects or to contribute property holdings to the Shire's environmental land bank.

2008

The Noosa Shire ceased to exist as it was merged with Maroochy Shire and the City of Caloundra to form the Sunshine Coast Regional Shire.

2013

In March, residents of the former Noosa Shire went to the polls to vote on a referendum whether or not Noosa should de-amalgamate from the Sunshine Coast. 82.6% of voters were in favour of de-amalgamation.

2014

On 1st January, Noosa Shire was officially re-established as an independent local government area.