e-Bulletin 16th August 2013

From the SCEC desk..

Another busy month with lots on for August/September so enjoy the read below.

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From the campaigners desk

cam·paign /kamˈpeɪn/work in an organised and active way towards a goal

SCEC campaigns for environmental protection cover four strategic areas protecting nature, good government, green economy, sustainable communities.

Our latest campaign activities have included...

Places You Love update

In the lead up to the September Federal Election..Read more.

Save Steve Irwin Way Forest

Stage 1: Bruce Hwy Upgrade Project (Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway) represents significant impact to the remnant forest on the Steve Irwin Way. Read more

State planning rollbacks

This is a "growth at all costs" landscape.The state government has pushed through another raft of rollbacks under the misnomer of “reform.. Read more

Growing Beaches Forum

The Sunshine Coast Council, Coolum Coast Care & SEQ Catchments recently hosted the annual Growing Beaches Forum in Maroochydore..Read more

Protect the Pumicestone Passage Petition

THE TAKE ACTION FOR PUMICESTONE PASSAGE (TAPP) GROUP are concerned that the Pumicestone Passage is being damaged by over-use for recreational purposes. Read more..

Member Group Events

See what our Member Groups are up to below. If your group would like an event listed please send us an email at info@scec.org.au with 'E-Bulletin event' in the subject line.

Mary Movies and Muffins @ the Majestic

After last year's success organisers have decided to again launch this year’s Mary River Festival a special fundraiser movie night at the Majestic Theatre in Pomona next Wednesday, August 21st, from 6pm. Read more

Yandina Community Gardens Workshops

Yandina Community Gardens has full program of FREE events and workshops happening at the Gardens every Saturday as part of the Community Partnership under the ‘Living Smart Saturday’ Program between Yandina Community Gardens Inc. and Sunshine Coast Council. For more info visit webpage here

National & State Campaigns

This is where we would call on people to support national and state campaigns, sign petitions etc again only a short blurp as the bulk will be in the posts below

NPAQ Petition for National Parks

National Parks in Queensland are currently facing many challenges. National Parks Association of Queensland has established a petition on the link below. Read more

Stradbroke Island Sand-mining

A recent report on the ABC's 7.30 Report revealed confidential documents obtained by the ABC showed that the State Government intended to change legislation to allow sand mining at the Enterprise mine to continue beyond its current closure date of 2019. Read online.

Fight for the Reef Campaign

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world. But it is under threat from the most widespread, rapid and damaging set of industrial developments in Queensland’s history. Read more...

Other events in our region?

Buddies Movie Night Fundraiser

Buddies Refugee Support Group Fundraiser  Documentary screening and Buddies fundraiser, Mary meets Mohammad. Nambour Arthouse Cinema,  Top level, Centenary Square, Currie St, Nambour. For more info go to the website here..

Stand up for Solar: Candidates Forum

Hosted by the Sunshine Coast Solar Citizens If you own solar, love solar or work in the solar industry, come along to this event to stand ..Read more

Rally for the Reef Join us at this family friendly event to call on all sides of politics to protect our reef! Our Great Barrier Reef is under threat from mega ports, dredging and dumping, climate change  ..Read more.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is just around the corner. This year we are going to be asking you what’s wrong. From the 19th of August we are encouraging everyone to get involved in our ‘Littering Is Wrong Too’ campaign. There are no two ways about ..Read online.

Support local farmers and visit the growers markets

Farmers' Markets are the best source of fresh local produce 'from paddock to plate'. Visit our webpage here on where to find a produce market near you and how to support Aussie farmers.

Local News

US company offers to fund $250m elevated rail on Coast: Sunshine Coast Daily 16/8/2013

A US company is offering to commit $250 million to privately fund an elevated rail public transport system on the Sunshine Coast. Read more..

Other News

Comparing the parties' climate change and renewables policies: The Conversation 15/8/13

Serious discussion of climate change policy has been noticeably absent this election         campaign – while the issue was allotted a portion of the first leaders' debate, little time was devoted to it. Read more..

Vanuatu youth trained to become climate change advocates: ABC Radio News 15/08/2013

A new program to empower school students across the Pacific to get their messages on climate change in front of decision makers has been kicked off in Vanuatu. Read more..

On 1 July 2013, the Queensland Government launched the State Assessment and Referral Agency (SARA).

There has been a high level of activity in MyDAS- the new online system that allows you to prepare and lodge or refer particular applications to DSDIP, as the single state assessment and referral agency. If you wish to find out more information about SARA or MyDAS, please refer to the DSDIP website.