e-Bulletin 24th May 2013

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24th 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]

SCEC Campaign Page
SCEC  now has a campaign page by our Liaison/Advocacy Officer Narelle McCarthy to keep you up to date on where SCEC is at. Follow this link to find out more.

Maroochy Waterwatch Mystery Eco Safaris throughout June
From the hinterland to the coast on this Mystery Eco Safari you will see our beautiful place in a way you have never seen it before. For more information go to thewebsite here.

Stockland has now submitted it's Caloundra South Final Public Environment Report (PER)  View report here

Save Steve Irwin Forest Update
As for the next steps for SSIWF are currently advising people to stay in touch with SCEC or us for updates by sending in their email address on our website contact us page, sign the Save Steve Irwin Forest Petition  or visit the groups website andfacebook page for the latest up to date news.

At World Environment Day the above banner will be available for people to add their handprint in support of the campaign.

Keep Australia Beautiful:
   Beverage Container Recycling Grants closing 14th June

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. Surfrider Foundation will be incorporating this into a working bee this Sunday 27/5/13 at-Pierce Park, Beach access 150, cnr Alexandra and Melrose Parade M/Dore from 1.30-3.30pm  Read more..

Important events for May
Environmental Film 'Chasing Ice'24/5/2013 Maleny Community Centre

Holistic Lifestyle Expo: 25-27th May 2013

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

Balance-Unbalance 2013 International Conference

Other News
A sad day in Queensland environmental history
Tuesday 21 May 2013 will be forever remembered as a sad day in Queensland’s environmental history, as the Newman Government stripped back protections for the state’s forests. Read more..

Update from the Places you love Campaign- Alliance (which SCEC is part of)

Give the Federal Government the power to protect our national parks

Australia’s national parks protect some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, and provide critical habitat for our unique native plants and wildlife – many of them threatened. National parks are a central part of our work to conserve nature and biodiversity in Australia.

Unfortunately right now, across the country, State Governments are opening up our national parks for logging, hunting, grazing, mining and other destructive practices for short term political gain. The damage this will do could last generations and threatens to drive our endangered species towards extinction. Right now we have the opportunity to give these places we love the protection they deserve.

Most people assume that national parks are protected and controlled by the Federal Government – but unfortunately, it isn’t the case. The Federal Government needs to act now, in this session of Parliament to protect our national parks and reserves system, by amending national environment law to include protection for national parks.

Federal environment laws are essential to save our iconic areas from destruction, however State Governments and industry are demanding that federal environmental powers be handed over to State and Territory Governments. It's essential that the Federal Government retains responsibility for the protection of our most threatened places and wildlife and continues to take a leadership role on these issues, and not hand over these powers.

Thanks to hundreds of people calling on the Federal Government we were able to put the breaks on plans to hand federal environmental protection powers to the states. Now we need to protect our parks under national environment law once and for all.

Please email Environment Minister Tony Burke today and ask him to make sure the power to protect the places and wildlife we love stays firmly in the hands of the Federal Government.

Have your say on local issues
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 ProjectCouncil 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 2013Public money paying polluters to pollute-calling for NO MORE GOVERNMENT SUBSIDIES


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' alliance.
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.

Tony Bourke unable to stop cattle in National Parks: The Aust-21/5/13
The federal government lacks the definitive power to stop a 'cowboy' move by Qld to graze starving cattle on national parks..Read more.. 
Visit our Member Groups page to find out what they do or consider volunteering

More coal cuts loom as prices retreat: SMH 24/5/2013

Australian coal miners are steeling themselves for years of production cuts, job reductions and asset sales as internation shipments.. Read more

A Sunshine Coast produce markets guide here
Sneaker Life Cycle: ENN Enviornmental News 24/5/2013
A pair of running shoes generates 30 pds of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to keeping a 100-watt light bulb on for one week. Read more.. 



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