e-Bulletin 10th May 2013

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10th May 2013

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Local News


World Environment Day 9th June @ the University of the Sunshine Coast from 10am- 4pmplanning is well under way and the office is abuzz with excitement. Follow the links to check out the new Website and like us on FaceBook page. As with all successful events, they would not be possible without a wonderful team of volunteers. We are still looking for volunteers for set-up on Saturday and a range of jobs on the Sunday, so if you would like to volunteer, learn new skills, have fun with like minded people and be proactive in educating the community about sustainable living choices then got to our volunteer page or E: [email protected]  At the end of Sunday we will be selling 200 bales of hay @ $3 each, which must be picked up from 4.00pm. If interested please contact us on [email protected]

Stockland has now submitted it's Caloundra South Final Public Environment Report (PER) to the the Federal Environment dept. Environment Minister Tony Burke now has 40 business days to make his decision on this massive development within the environmentally sensitive Pumicstone Passage catchment. View report here

Symphony By the Sea: 11th May 2013
The 7th Annual Symphony by the Sea Concert  will be performed by the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra on Saturday.11th May  at the Coolum Civic Centre 2- 4.30pm.
Hosted by Development Watch and Sunshine Coast Environment Council  this event includes complimentary wine and cheese, and afternoon tea.
There are only a few tickets left.  Pre purchase tickets are $20 and Concession $18. Tickets at the door are $25 and $22.  
Tickets can be purchased online here , or in person at Bank of QueenslandAnnie's book shopSunshine Coast Environment Council-3 Porters Lane Nambour.
For more information about cheque, direct debit or credit card payments, call Sherryl  on5446 2615.

Save Steve Irwin Forest 

PLAN:  to update everyone with:

HOW TO GET THERE: A translink bus (605) leaves Landsborough stn at 0930 HRS and gets to Steve Irwin Way opposite Mooloolah Cemetery at 0941HRS. Coming from Caloundra a bus leaves at 1005 HRS and gets to Steve Irwin Way Mooloolah Cemetery 1018HRS

As we move into the last two weeks to try to stop – or at the very least slow down – the changes to the Vegetation Management Act, there is a new page on Facebook that we need people to like and share with their ‘friends’, check out: ‘Don’t Bring Back The Bulldozers’ The main point of this FB page is to share information about the proposed law changes but also to get people to go to the new stand-alone webpage that is also called “Don’t Bring Back The Bulldozers”  where you can go to send a letter to Premier Campbell Newman.

2013 Glossies Awards
Nominations for the 2013 Living Smart 'Glossies' Awards are open until 24 May. Visit Living Smart and enter your nomination.

Keep Australia Beautiful:
   Beverage Container Recycling Grants

Applications are now open for a community grant of up to $10,000 for local projects that will help increase the recycling of beverage containers. For more info go here.

Balance-Unbalance 2013 International Conference will take place from 31 May to 2 June within the UNESCO Noosa Biosphere Reserve- at CQUniversity Noosa, with satellite events conducted at The J Theatre (Noosa), and Lake Cootharaba as part of Floating Land 2013.
To find out more visit the website here.

Sunshine Coast Council's War on Weeds
Help wage war on weeds during May. Simply bring a bag of weeds along to one of the selected locations during the indicated time and receive three healthy native plants free of charge. Read more..

Important events for MaySymphony by the Sea: 11th May 2013

World Migratory Bird Day: 12th May 2013

National Volunteer Week: 13-19th May 2013

National Parks Association QLD: 15th May -Public Seminar Hanging in the Balance

Growning Sustainability Centre Opening & Expo: 18th May 2013

Holistic Lifestyle Expo: 25-27th May 2013

National Reconciliation Week: 27th May- 3rd June 2013

Other News
Save the Reef and the Bay – Say 'NO' to the dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
The Environmental Impact Statement is out for comment so please consider making a submission. Use this form to make your comments, or write to the State Coordinator-General C/- EIS project manager – Townsville Port Expansion Project about your concerns and send the letter by 13 May to [email protected]  or..
Use this form to make your comments, or write to the Federal government, c/-PoTL EIS Project Manager about your concerns and send your letter by 27 May to [email protected] or..
Write to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority by 27 May and tell them NOT to grant a permit to allow the proposed sea dumping of the dredge spoil and send your letter to: [email protected]

Public money paying polluters to pollute-calling for NO MORE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES
Across Australia environmental groups have banded together to challenge the massive subsidies provided by the Federal Government, which ‘fuels’ $10 billion in public handouts to the Australian mining industry. Take action by 13th May and please sign the petition now.

On 9 May 2013 The National Sustainability Council presented Sustainable Australia Report 2013 to Minister Burke Read more..

Have your say on local issuesThe Bruce Highway Upgrade at Steve Irwin Way
This upgrade will irreversibly damage 75ha of iconic remnant forest that contains koalas, ancient trees and already endangered animals.Please consider signing the petition and visit their new website 'Save the iconic forest at the north end of Steve Irwin Way'
Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project


Sunshine Coast Airport invites the community to register for updates on the Airport Expansion Project which includes a new east-west runway.

Sunshine Coast Light Rail Project

Council invites you to have your say on the Light Rail Project

Caloundra Area Transport Study

Council invites you to have your say on the Caloundra Area Transport Study. Submissions close Monday 27 May 2013.

Council invites the community to comment on the proposed local law changes. Submissions close Friday 31 May 2013

STOP high-rise & inappropriate development at Yaroomba/Mt Coolum, Sunshine Coast
'Save Yaroomba' only have approx 670 signatures- please pass the petition on to everyone you know who objects to Clive Palmer's ludicrous proposals so that when the time comes it can carry some weight. Click here to read more and sign the petition.

Have your say on other issues

 Qld's water future (online survey)

Suspend shooting of Flying Foxes in QLD

Save the Blue Whale from the oil and gas industry

Join the 'Fight for the Reef' campaign

SCEC is proud to now be part of the 'Places You Love' campaign.
Take action to protect our environmental laws and send a message to Minister Bourke here.

Parliamentary E-Petitions you may be interested in signing click here 

The Liberal National Party in Queensland passed a motion to remove 'environmental education' and 'climate science' from the education system in Queensland. We need to make sure that the Newman Government does not act on this motion by removing funding for environmental education or sustainability from the curriculum. Sign and share our petition so people know how important this issue is!                                      

Environmental Defenders Office opportunities to have your say here.

How the anti-coal campaign is helping Australia's economy: 9/5/2013
Environmentalists and farmers fighting the expansion of coal mining and coal seam gas across Australia are protecting the Australian economy. Read more..



Visit our Member Groups page to find out what they do or consider volunteering

Australia makes a list of ecosystems in bad shape: 9/5/2013

Murray-Darling Basin lakes and the Coorong lagoons in South Australia would be deemed critically endangered under a new global..Read more..


A Sunshine Coast produce markets guide here
More mud for port expansion: Greenpeace 9/5/2013
Environmental lobby group Greenpeace says the Queensland Government is planning to quadruple dredging plans at Abbot Point in Nth Queensland.Read more..



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Click on our  Events Calendar  to find out what's on in the region.
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