24 September 2014
A passionate advocate for environmentally responsible urban planning will become an Honorary Senior Fellow at USC's Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 2 October.
Raul Weychardt, 60, of Noosa Heads will be recognised for his distinguished career in regional and urban planning, which included working for the Noosa and Sunshine Coast Councils from 1985 to 2013.
Mr Weychardt, who is now the Chair of Noosa Biosphere Limited, said he was surprised and appreciative to learn of his award.
“It is an honour and very nice to be recognised,” he said. “I also feel that it is an acknowledgement of the importance of my profession in relation to the growth and development of the Sunshine Coast region.”
As Shire Planner and Director of Environment and Planning for 23 years, Mr Weychardt dealt with many projects.
“My proudest achievements were my involvement in Hastings Street evolving into an outstanding place and the preservation of the high dune heathland at Marcus Beach that became part of Noosa National Park,” he said.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill, who will present the award, praised Mr Weychardt’s contribution to the Sunshine Coast’s urban environment and for his long involvement with USC.
“Raul has shown great commitment to the future of his profession with his substantial involvement in the development of USC’s Regional and Urban Planning program over many years.
“He also delivered guest lectures at USC and provided opportunities for numerous graduates and students,” he said.
— Jane Cameron