The Noosa Parks Association (NPA) was founded in 1962 and is now Queensland's oldest community conservation organisation with a membership of over 750 members.
Thousands of hectares of National Parks that surround Noosa are the direct result of the Association's hard work over the decades.
NPA helped secure National Park protection for Cooloola. This section of the Great Sandy National Park now covers more than 65,000 hectares.
NPA helped secure the significant enlargement of Noosa National Park with the addition of large land parcels extending south to Coolum, including the Marcus High Dunes section in 2001.
NPA helped secure National Park protection for Tewantin National Park which was previously listed as Forest Reserve.
Working with Noosa Council, NPA helped lay the foundations of the Noosa Town Plan which included the development of a 'population cap' based on idealised carrying capacity for the Noosa Shire.
NPA supported landmark decisions such as a ban on high-rise buildings, protection of important tidal wetlands and a road system without traffic lights and parking meters.
On behalf of Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service (QPWS) NPA is responsible for the management of Double Island Point conservation area including the light station, with the lease now extended to 2021.
On behalf of QPWS, NPA is responsible for the management of the Noosa Parks Gallery and Information Centre at the entrance to the Headland Section of the Noosa National Park.
Noosa Parks Association's involvement in helping shape Noosa into what it is today was recognised by the Commonwealth Government. NPA was invited to be a co-signatory on the Noosa Biosphere Reserve nomination that was submitted to UNESCO.