e-Bulletin 28th March 2013

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28th March 2013

Happy Easter to all! Please consider how you celebrate however, and follow some of the  tips below:

  • Remember rabbits are not a native to Australia, however Bilby's are, and when you buy a chocolate Bilby you will be donating to the 'Save the Bilby' fund.
  • If you must buy chocolate make sure it has the 'Fair Trade' logo on it that way you know it is sustainablly sourced, guide here
  • Look closely at the packaging: is it encased in foil, then hard plastic then cardboard, or more plastic? Less plastic is best, read why..
  • Hand make your own chocolates: this is always more meaningful, has less impacts and 'you know what's in it', here's how.

Feel free to email us with feedback, your opinions are important.

Local News
The proposed upgrade to the Bruce Hwy at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast will irreversibly damage 75ha of iconic remnant forest that contains koalas, ancient trees and already endangered animals.To find out more and sign this important petition go here


New service to be trialed: SC Daily 26th March 2013
A NEW Flexilink service will be trialed between Lake Macdonald and Cooroy to make it easier for residents to access local public transport. Read more...

Other News

This Easter long weekend the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection's Greentape Reduction legislation will come into force on 31 March 2013. Read more..

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..

App protects whales by alerting ship navigators of their proximity in real time: Springwise Newsletter 27th March 2013

WhaleALERT notifies shipping operators if the endangered species is nearby, allowing them to change their route or reduce their speed to avoid bothering or injuring them. Read more..

Have your say on local issues
Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion ProjectSunshine 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 ProjectSTOP 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

Have your say on the Qld Government's Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill 2013. Follow this link for more information. Closing date for submissions is the 10th April 2013. SCEC will be reviewing the proposed amendments and will provide some key points to note.

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.
Hot bodies protect frogs from disease 27th March 2013 ABC
Higher body temperatures protect frogs from a deadly fungal disease that has decimated amphibian populations around the world..Read more
Visit our Member Groups page to find out what they do or consider volunteering
Carbon Tax 'crucial' to Australia's global standing: Combet 27th March 2013 Brisbane Times 
An Abbott government would risk Australia’s international reputation and undermine its economic interests..Read more
A Sunshine Coast produce markets guide here
New almond factory plans to generate it's own energy 27th March 2013 ABC News
There will be a big focus on sustainability building a coal generation facility using the shells and hulls as a by-product to generate energy..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.Our mailing address is:


Sunshine Coast Environment Council Inc


3 Porters Lane, Nambour, Queensland, Australia
PO Box 269, Nambour

Nambour, QLD 4560


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