Latest News 2018-01-05T10:23:27+00:00

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NICA Looking Ahead to 2018 and Beyond!

The end of 2017 has seen the retirement of our long-serving President, Tony Haslam, and of Stephanie Haslam, from the NICA Management Committee. Both have been tireless main-stays and drivers of the NICA vessel for the past 15 years, leading numerous initiatives as well as keeping the craft afloat and maintaining NICA’s reputation as a valued partner in conserving the Noosa River catchment, through education, science and engagement in practical conservation activities.

On behalf of all NICA Members, partners and the Management Committee, I thank Tony and Stephanie wholeheartedly for their dedication, integrity and creativity over the years, towards NICA’s central aim of integrated management of the Noosa river and catchment, for people’s enjoyment, appreciation, and understanding of Nature; and for their practical engagement in efforts to conserve, protect and enhance Noosa’s biodiversity, natural habitats and the environment.

At the AGM last month, a new Committee was appointed to lead and support NICA’s development and activities over the coming year. New Committee members Peter Hunnam and Kay Southam joined re-elected members, Barry Sinclair, Roger Kelly, Joan Heavey, and Bruce Hallett.

We propose to hold a workshop in the New Year for all Members to put forward ideas, and help plan NICA’s Programs and

Noosa Civic Sustainability Fundraiser

From 1st to 5th December NICA has been happy to provide volunteers at Noosa Civic Shopping Centre for their yearly Sustainability Fundraiser.  This year we have been selling Lomandra histrix which is a native grasses plant.  The plants come with a pot and are great value for $5.

The proceeds from the fundraiser are donated to NICA.  Many thanks to Noosa Civic for this great initiative.

AGM on the Noosa Ferry

On Monday 20th November NICA’s 2017 AGM was held on the Noosa Ferry.  Outgoing President Tony Haslam talked about how he became a member of the Committee 15 years ago,  including the last 5 as President.   His input has been a great contribution to the success of NICA enabling applications for funding to complete environmental projects in the Noosa River Catchment.

The new Committee was voted in and we welcome; Peter Hunnam – President, Barry Sinclair – Secretary, Roger Kelly – Treasurer, Bruce Hallett, Joan Heavey and Kay Southam.  This event was made possible with the support of Noosa Ferry.


Volunteers Working for Noosa’s Environment

We looked back at many of NICA’s successful projects over the last 21 years at a MWN talk ‘NICA Retrospective’ on 23rd October 2017.  NICA’s secret to surviving in these tough times is down to our amazing volunteers. They work on the Committee, write funding applications, publish botanical reference books and do the hard yards on the ground, weeding, tree planting and removing litter.  Pictured are some of these volunteers; Stephanie Haslam, Jill Campbell, Bruce Hallett, Joan Heavey, Tony Haslam, Sonia MacDonald and Roger Kelly.

School Students Waterways Pollution Interview

Rosie, Isla and Audrey, year 5 students from GSLC visited NICA on 16th October 2017 to learn about water pollution as part of a school project. They interviewed Bruce, Tony and Roger with some tricky questions they had prepared. Hopefully they now know all about the Noosa Catchment and the pollution issues which impact our waterways.

Noosa River Cleanup Removes 2 Tonnes of Rubbish

NICA organised a Clean Up of the Noosa River as part of Noosa Biosphere Day on 2nd October, 2017 thanks to a grant from Sea World and Healthy Land and Water.  Around 30 volunteers from NICA, Noosa Community Biosphere Association and the Surfrider’s Sunshine Coast ventured out and along the Noosa River and collected over 2 tonnes of litter.

The litter included 192.5kg of marine debris, 8kg clothing, 13 thongs (no pairs) 38 slurpee cups, 13kg of hard plastics including food containers and straws, 3kg foil packaging, 1.5 bags of soft plastics including many single use plastic bags, 60 kg of recyclable bottles and cans (5 bags full), 5 foam fishing floats, a sports bag with over 10 packets of unopened fishing lures, a large plastic barrel, several rusted out crab pots, 3 tyres and a boat.  An audit of the litter collected using Tangaroa Blue guidelines was coordinated by Kylie Moses. The data collected will help in assessing the impact of the Plastic Bag Ban and Container Refund Scheme that will be introduced in Queensland from July 1st 2018 and aims to prevent litter at its source.


Noosa Wallum Festival

The Noosa Wallum Festival held over the weekend of 25th to 27th August was hailed a great success.  Presented by NICA and funded by Noosa Council the festival brought together a range of guest speakers on topics affecting the wallum country or ecosystem of coastal south-east Queensland.  Organised by a working committee led by Stephanie Haslam the festival covered a range of topics from geology and research to art and landscape architecture.


Noosa Council Grants for Garden for Wildlife and Wallum Festival

Noosa Council has supported efforts by NICA to make local gardens more of a haven for native wildlife and to run a Noosa Wallum Festival by funding 2 grants to be received in July 2017;

  • A scoping study for a ‘Garden for Wildlife’ project
  • Support of a NICA’s upcoming event ‘The Noosa Wallum Festival’

Garden for Wildlife is a program for suburban gardeners, supporting landowners who wish to create wonderful gardens for our local wildlife.  The ‘Noosa Wallum Festival’ will be held over the weekend of 25th to 27th August 2017 at the Bicentennial Hall Annexe at Sunshine Beach.  For more info on the Wallum Festival  follow this link

NICA Successful in 2 Qld State Govt Grants for Bush Care

NICA is pleased to announce in June 2017 that 2 bushland care groups it supports have been successful in obtaining funding from the State Government under its Community Sustainability Action grant program.

Jill Campbell from Noosa Bushland Beach & Creek Care has received a grant for stage one of the rehabilitation of what Jill refers to as the ‘Cooloosa wetland’ which is situated between Cooloosa Street and Heathland Drive.   Joan Heavey from the Heritage Park Bushland Care group obtained a grant to continue removal of Singapore Daisy in the park, in an area to the east of the entrance at Billabong Way.

Good Shepherd Lutheran College School Excursion

On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th June NICA assisted with a two day Good Shepherd Lutheran College excursion for 57 year 7 students.  On Monday NICA volunteers and Marcus Beach Bushcare Group assisted with a Waterways excursion at Peregian Creek for  Good Shepherd Lutheran College.  On Tuesday at Heritage Park, Tewantin an impressive 6 cubic metres of weeds were removed.  The students planted 100 plants and learnt about water quality testing. The students were hosted by NICA and Heritage Park Bushland Care Group.

Noosa River Seagrass Monitoring New Technology

Many NICA volunteers have learned that monitoring the health of sea-grass beds using the traditional quadrat method is hard and messy work, and it has recently proved impossible for NICA to find funds to keep the traditional survey going.  But NICA, in partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast,  secured funding from the Norman Wettenhall Foundation in May 2017 to see if modern drone technology might be applied to sea-grass monitoring, to complement or even replace it in some of the more difficult locations.  USC hopes to use the project as the basis for an honours or other post-graduate degree.

American Students Visit Noosa Biosphere

On Sunday 21st May a group of 31 American students and 3 faculty members from Virginia Tech University visited the Noosa Biosphere Reserve on Sunday visiting Noosa Hill lookout along Hastings Street, Main Beach and then Mt Tinbeerwah lookout for a scenic overview.  Tony Haslam from NICA told them about some of the development pressures Noosa had faced and how, through community support, they had won some important battles to keep Noosa sustainable.

Volunteers Weed Sand Island

On Sunday 2-4-17 NICA volunteers spent 4 hours removing 18 bags of weeds from the sand island at the river mouth on Sunday, including Basket Asparagus, Corky Passion Vine and Cobblers Pegs. John & Kay provided a well deserved excellent morning tea!
Volunteers have visited the island twice a year since 2011 which has resulted in a remarkable change in the condition of the island with natural regrowth reclaiming areas once smothered by weeds. This activity is part of the Volunteer River Rangers Project funded by Noosa Council.

Sedges Book Launch

The long awaited “Sedges, Rushes and Restiads” book by Sonia MacDonald and Stephanie Haslam was launched at the Noosa  Integrated Catchment Association Inc. (NICA) office in Doonella House on Monday 20-3-2017.

It is a companion volume to their previous book “Grasses of the Noosa Biosphere and Surrounding Regions” which is now in its second edition.   Congratulations to authors who have given their time freely to produce another much needed botanical resource. Thanks to Phil Moran from Noosa and District Landcare for launching the book in such great style and thanks to Campbell Corfe for representing the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation who provided a grant to help with publishing costs.  NICA is receiving very positive feedback on the Sedges book for further info go to our merchandise page;


NICA has Moved Office

At the end of January 2017 NICA moved office from Noosa Marina to 52 Doonella Street, Tewantin.

Changes to NICA Membership from 1st January 2017

At our AGM of 29 November 2016 a membership fee of $33.00 per family for the calendar year was set and is due by the end of January.  If you wish to join NICA as a member or you would like to renew your membership please complete and return our Application for Membership form providing us with your up to date details and payment confirmation.  We are taking this opportunity to build a new membership database. So please provide details against the headings below.


Eco River Cruise

To top off the 10 Catchment Excursions on Saturday 3rd December was an Enviro Cruise downstream on a Noosa Ferry.  Our driver and well informed speaker John took us first to the river mouth area to observe the shore birds then on to Settlers Cove for a short guided native plants walk. Thanks to Joan for the fabulous morning tea and also to Stephanie for all the planning she has put into these excursions in NICA’s 20th year!

Christmas Closure

Thanks to all of NICA’s members for your continued support this year.  Our office will be closed from Tuesday 20th December and will re-open on Monday 9th January.  If you would like to read NICA’s Annual Report here is a link to it on our website;

At the bottom of every page of our website is a ‘Donate’ button which will take you to NICA’s Give Now page.  Donations can be made by credit card and a tax deductible receipt emailed straight to you.

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Christmas!

Wildflower Bus Trip

On 6th August, 50 people headed for the source of the Noosa River where it rises in the Como escarpment, seeping from the plains of the Great Sandy National Park in Cooloola and joined by the sedge and fern lined waters of Teewah Creek.  The Doggerell Trees, Seary’s Creek, Cooloola Way and Cooloola Wilderness Trail were all on the agenda.

The excursion was an opportunity to see the first flush of spring wildflowers and drive through residential Cooloola Cove where the water is extracted from Teewah Creek.  Some excursioners were surprised to hear that Noosa’s water is extracted from the Mary River.

More info go to Project Page

Stories at Sunset

On Sunday 31st July NICA presented ‘Stories at Sunset’, an outstanding indigenous cultural experience, as part of a 25th Anniversary Landcare Grant ‘Sunshine Creek Wetland and Riparian Erosion Rehabilitation Project’. Local Gubbi Gubbi man Lyndon Davis gave Welcome to Country and told cultural stories and indigenous chef Dale Chapman provided the crowd of people with stories of local native foods and tastes of bush tucker.  Go to Dale’s website for more info.

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