Noosa Integrated Catchment Association

Protection of the natural environment to achieve a sustainable future

As a non-for-profit, natural resource management organisation, we work with our community to protect the natural environment and achieve a sustainable future for everyone.  Our Mission is to foster responsible land and water management in the Noosa River Catchment, resulting in a clean and healthy river system.

Our Projects reflect the aims of the Noosa River Catchment Mangement Strategy, drawn up by 22 sectors of the Noosa community to manage the health of the Noosa River Catchment.

NICA obtains funding from local, state and federal governments as well as regional bodies and the corporate sector.  A Community Partnership with the Noosa Council supports our operations.

NICA’s Strategy

was produced in 2001, after five years of extensive stakeholder consultation. The Strategy is a visionary guide for action. It identifies areas of natural resource management that can be improved to help reduce the cumulative impacts of human activity within the catchment.

With broad memberships from community, industry, government and other sectors, NICA now assists the entire catchment community to implement key priorities identified in the Strategy.

Our Mission

Foster responsible land and water management in the Noosa River Catchment, resulting in a clean and healthy river system.

The Catchment

The Noosa River Catchment, with an area of some 784 sq. km., is consisted of six major sub-catchments, from north to south:

  • Teewah Creek Catchment
  • Upper Noosa River Catchment
  • Lake Cootharaba – Kin Kin Creek Catchment
  • Lake Cooroibah Catchment
  • Lower Noosa River Catchment
  • Lake Weyba Catchment

The Noosa River has consistently been rated as in good condition (A to B rating). The 2009 Ecosystem Health Report Card released on 21 Oct 2009 revealed a rating of B+ for both Noosa catchment and estuary. Results for other catchments in SE QLD were not as good. To learn more about this, go to Healthy Waterways’ website.