Noosa land use is transforming

My Sunshine Coast 
By: My Sunshine Coast
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture
 
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From producing coffee to alpacas, the way we use the Noosa hinterland is transforming, and a USC environmental planning expert wants to know more.

Associate Professor Claudia Baldwin is surveying residents as part of a project with sustainability organisation Country Noosa to identify opportunities for collaborative rural enterprises including food production, events and tourism opportunities.

“We want to know the activities and the ambitions that Noosa hinterland residents have for their areas,” Dr Baldwin said.

“The area is in transition and niche agriculture enterprises are developing, including coffee, alpacas, and medicinal and culinary herbs as well as an interest in alternative handling techniques for livestock and farm tourism.

“There’s a lot of revegetation, soil regeneration, and conservation activities as well as environmentally sustainable farm management with many growing spray-free, organic, biodynamic foods and practising permaculture.

“There is potential for a broad range of innovative rural enterprise.” 

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