e-Bulletin 12th April 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin

12th April 2013

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Local News


   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.

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.

Discounting for developers is welfare, says LGA chief: SC Daily Bill Hoffman 11/04/2013
DISCOUNTS on infrastructure charges should be classified as welfare, Local Government Association of Queensland CEO Greg Hallam says. Read more..

International Mother Earth Day: 22nd April 2013

To coincide with Mother Earth Day, Eco Child and the Sustainable Parenting Association will be host to an international cloth nappy changing event taking place on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Millwell Rd, Community Centre Maroochydore from 10am-12pm. To find out more and how you can participate view the media release here.

Other News

Tune in to this weeks Gardening Australia show (Saturday 13/4 6.30pm and Rpt Sunday 14/4 1.00pm) where Costa and the team will be looking at how waste can be turned into valuable resources that can be used to benefit all gardens and gardeners. For more info go here.

Australian Heritage Week April 13th -April 22nd
Australian Heritage Week is a an annual national celebration of Australia’s unique heritage. It is an opportunity for all Australians to join together to celebrate our shared and special heritage.Read more..

Cost of not using renewable energy at$9 billion per day, study claims- Engineering Source
In an unprecedented study, the World Future Council conservatively estimates that the future usage loss resulting from current oil, gas and coal consumption is between $US 3.2 and 3.4 trillion per year. Read more

Australia's leading environment and community organisations have joined forces on the 'Paid to Pollute' campaign to end polluter handouts and need our help..

Over $10 billion of taxpayer money is spent as handouts to polluters every year. That's the equivalent of approximately $65 million from people living in your federal electorate going to big polluters, via fossil fuel subsidies, every year. Please support the campaign and add your comment here.  To read a media release by Queensland Conservation Council in support of the 'Paid to Pollute' campaign click here.

Inquiry into the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 
On 20 March 2013, the Department of Natural Resources and Mines briefed the AREC on the Bill. A draft transcript is available here. A public hearing and further public briefing will occur today 12th April 2013 which will be broadcast live from the Parliament website here.

Watch this episode of 4corners to see how the Queensland Government broke the law to approve massive coal seam gas projects. Also click on background info for fuller interviews on that page with landowners.

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

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)

State Government is developing a long-term strategy to create a Queensland water sector with the capability to deliver integrated catchment-based, recreation, water supply, sanitation, irrigation and environmental services at lowest cost.
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.
Fueling the heat of a tax scheme gone mad: ACF 8/04/2013
Ed Butler is confused about why mining companies insist on using monster trucks..Read more 




Visit our Member Groups page to find out what they do or consider volunteering
Five steps to a greener home: SMH 11/04/2013We all want to save the environment, but it can sometimes seem overwhelming..Read more




A Sunshine Coast produce markets guide here
Australian power emissions fall to 10yr low as coal output drops: Renew Economy 11/04/2013
Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen due to competition..Read more 



To find out what talks are on at our  Sunshine Coast Libraries click here
Click on our  Events Calendar  to find out what's on in the region.
Copyright © 2013 Sunshine Coast Environment Council Inc, All rights reserved.Disclaimer: This newsletter is compiled from a variety of sources and the opinions and views expressed are not necessarily endorsed by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council Management Committee. The Sunshine Coast Environment Council circulates the E-Bulletin for community interest and does not guarantee the accuracy of the information.


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