Green group calls for cap on Noosa daytrippers
A CONSERVATION group says the welfare of locals is coming second during peak tourist season and has proposed capping the number of day visits to Noosa.
Noosa Parks Association president Dr Michael Gloster said seeking local support for a Noosa Council instigated day trip restrictions will be a high priority for his organisation.
"Increasingly the interests of Noosa's residents are being pushed to one side during day tripper peaks," Dr Gloster said.
"To make matters worse, given current trends, day tripper numbers could double over the next decade, and the peaks are becoming more frequent.
"The superb areas that attracted local residents to choose Noosa in the first place are becoming no go areas to residents because of day tripper overcrowding, the traffic gridlock they produce and the car parking spaces they devour."
Should there be cap on day trippers to Noosa during peak periods?
This poll ended on 24 January 2017.
Yes. It gets so busy there's no space for locals.
No. The town exists on tourist dollars.
Something needs to be done but I'm not sure a cap is the answer.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Dr Gloster said it was time for council to better protect Noosa residents' lifestyle and environment against the "ravages" of increasing day tripper peaks.
"We've already seen Hastings St become a virtual no-go area for locals," Dr Gloster said.
"NPA is extremely concerned that the village centres at Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosaville foreshore, Tewantin, Boreen Point and Cooroy will one day end up the same way unless council acts decisively now.
"NPA believes the Tony Wellington-led Noosa Council must cap day tripper tourism numbers during peaks in the new town plan it is preparing, just as the Noel Playford led Noosa Councils of the 1990s capped resident population numbers when Noosa was facing huge development pressures."
He said it was the NPA which then successfully put Noosa's development and residential population cap on the public agenda in the 1980s and 1990s.
"Now in 2017 NPA is seeking community support in putting day tripper population capping on the public agenda.
"It's in the interests of Noosa's residents that the future of Noosa's tourism industry is based on quality, not quantity," he said.