Savvy operators from bars, restaurants, retailers, collaborative creative spaces and unique businesses are making a name for themselves and attracting a loyal local following. The Junction is home to flagship businesses, such as the Lexis Language College, who singlehandedly contributes around $20 million per year to the local economy with students from around the world spending 100,000 + bed nights in Noosa. A changing of the guard is also occurring with new landowners looking to invest in a renewed, revitalised precinct.
Keeping pace with this change is the not-for-profit organisation that represents the precinct, Noosa Junction Association. Evolving over the past two years, it has grown beyond a trader group, and the Association now represents not only traders, but also landowners, businesses and community groups.
Acting NJA President, Michael Tozer said the NJA vision is to create a vibrant culture – with economic, environmental and social sustainability; to be a vibrant ‘mixed use’ precinct for business, entertainment, residential and dining activities for people who live, work, study and enjoy what the Junction has on offer.
We have a growing membership and a united voice that promotes the Junction as the local heart of Noosa with a friendly, village vibe. As ‘everyone’s favourite’ local we see the Junction as inclusive and welcoming to all.
‘We advocate on behalf of the Junction precinct, working closely with Noosa Council and other key stakeholders. Together we aim to take the Junction forward in terms of planning, sustainable growth, investment and place-making – revitalisation of Pinaroo Park being just one example,’ he said.
We would like to see in the Junction’s future the preservation of our local values - we definitely don’t want high rise or over-development, but we are seeking to re-invigorate the area.
‘It is also our priority to keep flagship businesses in the Junction who contribute so much to our social and economic well-being, such as Lexis, who this week have launched their new Maroochydore facility. We are also pursuing more vibrant entertainment and nightlife options.
‘The Junction is both a mixed business precinct and a gateway to key Noosa destinations such as Hastings Street – we support integrated car parking and dedicated ‘ride’ services and improved pedestrian access.
‘If you are a business or landowner in the Junction and you haven’t already joined – I encourage you to have a chat to anyone on our committee and get on board,’ Michael said. Or you can join online here: http://www.noosajunction.org/pages/about/membership