Don't forget to have your say about UNESCO biosphere nomination

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Sunshine Coast residents are encouraged to have their say on a proposed biosphere nomination before formal community consultation closes on June 28.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said council has spoken to thousands of people across the Sunshine Coast local government area about its proposal to nominate the Sunshine Coast Council area as a UNESCO biosphere.

"We've heard from more than 500 people who have completed our online survey, we've spoken to more than 3000 community members and held 87 community information sessions," Mayor Jamieson said.

"But we want more people to get involved," Mayor Jamieson said.

"That's why I'm encouraging everyone to head to council's Have Your Say website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au to find out more and complete the survey," he said.

The online survey takes about three minutes to complete and seeks your feedback about what is important to you about the Sunshine Coast and its assets.

A biosphere is an international site of excellence – recognised by UNESCO as an area of natural beauty – where people live and work.

"A biosphere nomination is a commitment for the future. It will help to promote the liveability of our communities, strengthen our economy and preserve our natural assets," Mayor Jamieson said.

"Council believes there are many benefits associated with being a biosphere, but it's your opinion that really matters to us.

"A biosphere will help to secure the Sunshine Coast as Australia's most sustainable region – healthy, smart and creative. 

"It will help to position the Sunshine Coast as a niche markets for products, services, facilities and practices. This is significant for the agricultural, forestry, fisheries and tourism sectors.

"Importantly however, it will help to strengthen our environment and conservation assets and should give greater weight to our continuing efforts to secure legislative protection for the retention of our inter-urban break that spans the boundary our region shares with the Moreton Bay Regional Council," he said.

Following the public consultation, council will continue to meet with key stakeholders.

Council will consider the draft nomination in October 2019.

If council progresses the nomination it will be assessed by the Queensland Government and the Australian Government before being sent to UNESCO.

The outcome of the nomination will be announced by UNESCO in June 2021.

 
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