Eco-certification – Get involved in the Program

Our national parks, reserves, nature and scenery are significant to our region as they provide nature focused experiences for visitors and residents, now and into the future. 

The challenge for our region is to provide meaningful experiences within our natural areas, while ensuring that important features and values are appropriately recognised, managed and enhanced.  

To address this challenge, Council has engaged with Ecotourism Australia to progress a region-wide program of work to achieve eco-certification for our region (the Gympie LGA) as a Nature Based Destination.  

Council cannot deliver this on its own. Eco-certification will only be awarded if community, business, and Council work together to demonstrate our regions credentials!! 

We need your help to demonstrate that we should be recognised, nationally and internationally, as a Nature Based Destination! 

How can you get involved? 

Gympie Regional Council is in the process of collecting information from our community and business to demonstrate that our region should be recognised as a Nature Based Destination! 

You can help us in several ways. 

Our Survey 

You can complete an Eco-certification Stakeholder Survey and return it to Council. This will help to identify your interest and expectations regarding the Eco-certification program.  

The Site Induction Forum 

You can attend the Site Induction. Attending this forum will help you to understand what eco-certification means for our community and our business.  

Our Community Workshops 

Council will be hosting some community workshops and we would appreciate it if you could come along to help us to determine the important natural values and features of region. We will provide details regarding the Community Workshops as soon as the dates and venues are finalised. 

Business and Tourism Workshops 

We also intend to engage business operators through workshops that are co-hosted by Council and Business and Tourism Groups.  

These workshops will provide an opportunity for business operators to help us to understand how we may provide meaningful experiences within our natural areas, while ensuring that important features and values are appropriately recognised. 

Key Dates

Survey opens: 03 August 2023 

Survey closes: 22 October 2023 

Site Induction: 22nd August 2023 (Australian Institute of Country Music 26 Channon Street Gympie)  

Community Workshops

  • Imbil Hall: Tuesday 5 September 2023, 9.30am - 11.30pm 
  • Goomeri Library: Wednesday 6 September 2023, 9.30am-11.30am 
  • Kilkivan Hall (next to the Library): Thursday 7 September 2023, 10am-12pm 
  • Rainbow Beach Community Hall: Tuesday 12 September 2023, 9am-11am 
  • Tin Can Bay Library: Wednesday 13 September 2023, 1pm-3pm 



In this section