Over its 39 year history SCEC has been involved in many campaigns to preserve the beautiful natural environment of the Sunshine Coast region.

Most of these were in response to development pressures stemming from rapid population growth. SCEC continues to play an active role in advocating for environmental protection with local and state government and increasingly with the development industry.

SCEC is also increasingly becoming involved in broader environmental issues such as climate change and resource depletion. We recognise that these issues cannot be solved by SCEC alone, but believe that they will not be resolved unless organisations such as SCEC drive change within their own community.

The threat posed by such issues to the natural environment in our region may not be as obvious as that posed by urban development but they are no less real. For example a global average temperature increase of 2 degrees will translate into a local increase of 4-6 degrees. Much of our local flora and fauna will not be able to deal with such a dramatic change in our climate. SCEC are working with the local community and the broader conservation sector to come up with solutions to environmental problems while working to promote and protect the natural values we hold so dear. 

Vision & Mission

Our vision: An ecologically sustainable world achieved through individual and community stewardship of the natural environment at local, regional and global level.

Our mission: Through leadership, education and environmental activism, to encourage Sunshine Coast individuals and communities to support and participate in working towards the goal of environmental sustainability.

Where We Are

Our office opening hours are Tuesday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. Parking is limited in Nambour, however there are often car parks just a short walk away. We're located in the alleyway behind the Friendlies Chemist. 

Where We Are

SCEC and Our Member Groups

SCEC has a long history working alongside passionate groups and individuals across the region to promote and protect our natural environment. For the last 40 years, SCEC has worked on numerous campaigns alongside countless numbers of members, many of which have shaped the history of the Sunshine Coast.  SCEC now work with over 50 groups to empower campaign efforts, and be a voice for matters of environmental significance across all levels of government. Together, SCEC represent a combined membership of over 15,000 individuals. 

A couple of times throughout the year SCEC will hold member group roundtable meetings to gather information on important issues for referring to the State Environment Minister. These roundtable events also provide a platform for groups to network, share concerns and pool resources. 

If you'd like to have a browse through our wonderful member groups, click on the button below. Here you will be able to see where each group is located on the map, and learn a bit more about each groups mission, objectives, events and more! Be sure to pop on over to our events page also to see the latest member group events on offer!

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Constitution & Annual Reports

SCEC Constitution


Annual Report 2017


Annual Report 2016


Annual Report 2015


Strategic Overview

To effectively preserve the natural beauty of this region SCEC works across four broad strategic areas:

Preserving nature

Remaining natural areas need to be preserved and protected. A network of connected conservation areas needs to be established which covers suitable habitat for all plants and animals and allows for movement of species across the landscape. Ecosystems that are currently threatened should be expanded in area to the point where they are no longer threatened.

Good government

Governments at all levels need to develop policies and laws that support environmental restoration and avoid environmental harm. Planning for environmental protection needs to occur across all areas of government including energy and water, town planning, transport and waste management.

Sustainable communities

People are the final consumers of all the things our society produces. We must all understand how the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the energy we use and everything else that we do impacts on the environment. We need to become critical consumers and actors and choose those products and activities that do not harm the environment.

Green Economy

The global economy is running into the limits of what the earth can supply. Within a generation we will run out of key materials such as oil, phosphorous and a number of minerals. We are rapidly clearing forests and exhausting fish stocks while our carbon emissions are warming the planet. We need to transform the economic system to be powered by renewable energy, to create a cyclic flow of materials and to avoid putting even more polluting substances in our land, waterways and atmosphere.


The Sunshine Coast would have looked very different to how it does today if SCEC, its member groups and a critical mass of people had not joined together to oppose unsustainable development across the Sunshine Coast. From a gondola chairlift stretching up Mt Coolum, to a main road and residential estates joining Noosa National Park to Sunshine Beach, to a rock lined harbour in the Caloundra estuary - the coast we know and love today would have been a very different place were it not for the local conservation movement.

Click the button below to read more about what the Sunshine Coast might have looked like without the ‘wins’ for the environment achieved by conservationists, including many SCEC members, over more than three decades. You can also learn about the evolution of our World Environment Day Festival since it's inception in 1979, and more about our Green Legends book should you fancy a good read! 

SCEC Volunteers

SCEC was founded by a group of passionate and committed volunteers, and still to this day, would't exist without them. Volunteers are literally the backbone of SCEC. Without their help in our finance, administration and event departments, SCEC would seize to operate properly, if at all. SCEC places great value in the generous contribution our volunteers make to the organisation and would like to express our sincere gratitude for their time and effort. 


Apply to become a volunteer