Overview

The Sunshine Coast local government area was officially designated a UNESCO Biosphere in June 2022. As a biosphere, our region is now recognised as an international site of excellence, an area of natural beauty, where responsible development, and people living, learning, working and playing sustainably, sit alongside active conservation.

Following the designation, the majority of the Biosphere’s Community Reference Group (CRG) members nominated to continue their roles for the important early phase of the biosphere’s implementation. There is now an opportunity for three new members to join the Biosphere Community Advisory Group (CAG).

The existing CAG members have identified the following interest areas to be targeted in filling the three (3) vacant positions on the group:

  • Education
  • Small business
  • Social/health sector

About the Biosphere CAG

Led by an independent Chair, the Biosphere Community Advisory Group (CAG) provides advice to support the Sunshine Coast Biosphere’s implementation, in line with biosphere objectives and governance principles that were informed by the community. The CAG provides advice to the Biosphere Coordinating Committee, which is the key decision-making body guiding the biosphere’s implementation.

There are 11 current members of the Biosphere CAG including: First Nations Traditional Custodians as well as leaders of a range of interest areas across the community, including environment, youth, residential, tourism, agriculture, business and property development sectors.

Vacancies are open for three (3) Biosphere Community Advisory Group positions , with a minimum tenure of 12 months (maximum two years), commencing January 2023.

The group meets on a bi-monthly (approximately every two months), for two-hours on a weekday evening (usually 5-7pm).

Applications

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest form, outlining how you meet the criteria and why you wish to be a member of the Biosphere CAG. Expressions of interest should be submitted to: Biosphere@Sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Submissions closed 5pm Monday, 5 December 2022.

Background

In 2019, we adapted some of the world’s best practice models to suit the Sunshine Coast context and set up a Community Reference Group (CRG) with diverse membership to provide advice for the region’s biosphere nomination. The group convened again in 2022 to inform planning and preparations in anticipation of our region becoming a biosphere. Under the Sunshine Coast biosphere governance arrangements, the CRG has transitioned to a CAG.

Contact Us

Have questions or want to learn more about a project, contact us below:

Name Sunshine Coast Council Biosphere project team
Phone 5441 8171
Email biosphere@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au