e-Bulletin 26th April 2013

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26th April 2013

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Local News


Planning for World Environment Day is full speed ahead and getting very exciting. Follow the links to check out the new Website and FaceBook page. As with all successful events, they would not be possible without a wonderful team of volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer at World Environment Day, 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] 

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

Drag Queen Bingo fundraiser for the 'No Blasted Quarry' Campaign this Saturday 27th April 2013 @ Coolum Civic Centre from 6.30pm.
There are a few tickets left if you would like to be part of the event and get a barrel of laughs for the evening. More details 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.
Tickets are available now. 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.

                                                         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.

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..

Should we feed native birds in our Australian gardens? A controversial issue that is well answered by Greg Roberts on his fabulous Birding Blogspot. Read more..

Important events for May:

Woodford Tree Planting: 3-6th May 2013

Maleny Wood Expo: 4-5th May 2013

International Permaculture Day: 5th May 2013

Australia's International Water Conference & Exhibition: 7-9th May

Symphony by the Sea: 11th May 2013

World Migratory Bird Day: 12th May 2013

National Volunteer Week: 13-19th May 2013

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]

Call for Expressions of Interest- Queensland Anti Uranium Campaign Coordinator

In October 2012, Premier Campbell Newman announced the end of a 23 year ban on uranium mining in Queensland. The LNP is now seeking to fast-track uranium mining with little consideration of the environmental, health and safety impacts  or economic viability of uranium mining.  Since the uranium ban ended, a number of interested stakeholders, including environmental groups, trade unions and political groups have formed a community coalition to fight to keep Queensland nuclear free.

A community coalition of organisations is now seeking an energetic, part time campaign coordinator to work with us to prevent uranium mining in Queensland. The position overview has more details here.
Please send your application/expression of interest to [email protected] by cob Monday 29th April, 2013.

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.
Support the 'Paid to Pollute' campaign to stop fossil fuel subsidies to the big polluters...add your comment 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.
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.
Pristine forests protected: Brissy Times 24/04/2013
Queensland National Parks Minister Steve Dickson has consistently ruled out logging in “pristine” national parks. But which are considered pristine is yet to be defined. Read more.. 




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

Cape York fight looms as state and federal governments lock horns on World Heritgae listing: Courier Mail 24/04/2013

A scientific report to the Federal Government has boosted Cape York's chances of World Heritage listing, rating it's natural..Read more.


A Sunshine Coast produce markets guide here
EPA approves controversial gas plant: SMH 24/04/2013
A massive gas-conditioning plant near Sale, unlocking a more carbon-intensive gas field off Victoria's east coast has been approved by the EPA.




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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