From the President, Martin Duncan
We want to bring the rural community together and gather momentum towards a vibrant community, actively working together to bring about prosperity and a healthy region both economically and socially.
It’s been an extraordinary year with much to be proud of. We are fortunate to have a great Executive Committee, with representatives in beef, coffee, permaculture, alpacas, social media and events. Their enthusiasm and commitment is of great value!
As a not-for-profit organisation, we have been kicking some goals in key areas and projects that are locally focused. There is much, much work to do in several important areas.
Of course there is the matter of limited funding and we are grateful for support from our local government body, Noosa Council. These achievements have only been possible through the grants which enabled us to cement a few foundations as we progress.
Other supporters – including Noosa & District Landcare under the auspices of Noosa Council, University of Sunshine Coast, and Farming Together – have underpinned some of the inroads we have been able to make.
Through this support, we are reaching milestones in specific projects including research under the Rural Enterprise Project as well as forging ahead with the Yearling Beef and the Abattoir concept projects. Bravo, Dick, Maree, David, Nina, Susan, Simon, Brett Troy, Stuart & Will!
The future looks positive with immeasurable benefits on both the economic development and community engagement fronts.
We have worked very hard at promoting Country Noosa to get our message out via traditional media plus Facebook with 1,644 followers!
Country Noosa is about promoting a sustainable hinterland and creating a stronger rural community! We look forward to working with Slowfood Noosa, with Slow Meat events oand ther combined events, the Noosa Hinterland Property Expo plus Food Agribusiness Network and others. Our best opportunities lie in driving a community approach, working together!
Most of our farms are small acreage with a few farms of commercial size which makes it even more important to form a cohesive community approach.
By the way, it’s not always work and we do try to have some fun too by working together at our events and getting to know everyone, for example the Country Noosa vs Mary Valley Scone Off which shows off our region, producers and personalities. Scone Time is a community connector where people from the community and business come together over fresh hot scones loaded with home-made jam and cream and Noosa Black Coffee!
Scone Time is also a wonderful opportunity for older people, along with their carers, companions and family to establish a regular monthly social event.
The future means alot more hard work so we won’t be taking any foot off the pedal any time soon! Big thanks to Phil Moran & Noosa District Landcare for their ongoing support and use of their venue for our meetings.