The Great Sandy Biosphere
In 2009 the Great Sandy region was designated a Man and the Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
This status is an international recognition that we live in a very special place.
The Great Sandy Strait and adjoining hinterland has outstanding biodiversity values. The region is one of the most diverse in Australia, spanning a sub-tropical to temperate 'transition' zone, and contains representative species from both climates, including some that are unique to the region.
Obtaining Biosphere status gives recognition of these values at the international level, and also creates an opportunity for international biodiversity investment. For more information on the Great Sandy Biosphere. Extract from the Burnett Mary Regional Group website.