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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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@example.com
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
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.