e-Bulletin 7th June 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin

7th June 2013

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Local News


World Environment Day 9th June @ the University of the Sunshine Coast from 10am- 4pmWell we are almost there and although its a mad house we are full of excitement (and hoping for a sunny day).

  • Don't forget 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] or ph: 5441 5747. 
  • Follow the links to check out the new Website to view the program and follow updates on our FaceBook page.
  • And of course remember your Members Morning Tea Invitation. See flyer here or for more info contact Narelle on 54415747.
  • Make sure you come and say hello at the SCEC tent and hope to see you there.

SCEC Campaign Page by Liaison/Advocacy Officer-Narelle McCarthy

  • Places you Love campaign urgent action needed
  • Flying Fox discussion paper open for comment
  • Fight for the Reef Campaign
  • Environment Levy
  • Caloundra South Final Public Environment Report

Follow this link to find out more.

Congratulations to Greg McKean from Night Eyes Waterwatch & Landcare who has been recognised with the Healthy Waterways Volunteer of the Year Award for his commitment to reducing the waste ending up in our waterways by picking up  rubbish from streets, beaches and waterways and his leadership as the group's President. Congratulations Greg on your efforts. NICA also deserves recognition. For an overview of all the award winners go here.

Fears on new solar system eased- but the debate's on- SC Daily 4/6

FEARS the Newman Government planned to introduce new charges for households with solar panels were eased by Minister for Energy Mark McArdle yesterday. But some change is still on the cards. Read more..
Other articles on this issue below: 

Energy Maters 6/6

Renew Economy- 4/6

Climate Spectator- 31/5

And please consider signing the following petition here to send a message to Campbell Newman to 'Stop QLD Solar Discrimination'.

Do you know someone who does outstanding work for the environment? Then consider nominating them for the 2013 QLD State Landcare Awards. Entries close 30th June. For more info click here.

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.

Save the Iconic Steve Irwin Forest 

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

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..

Important days and events for June

World Ocean Day 8th June 2013

Sunshine Coast World Environment Day- June 9th @ USC

World Day to Combat Desertification- 17th June 2013

Noosa Festival of Water- 30th June 2013

Other News
Five pieces of rubbish per person on our beaches-The Age 6th June

There are more than five pieces of rubbish per person littering Australia's coastline, according to a national survey of the country's beaches, islands and coastal plateaus. Read more..

Conservation Group Honours 'Environmental Hero'-ABC News 6/6/13
The Australian Conservation Foundation says a Territory man it has chosen to honour with an environmental heroism award sacrificed millions of dollars to protect his land. Read more..

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


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

Committment to protect our children and theirs against the effects of climate change

The Queensland Plan- A 30yr vision for Queensland

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.

Biodiversity offsets could be locking in species decline: Conversation 6/6
In a recent interview, Opposition spokesperson Greg Hunt promised to reverse biodiversity decline in 5yrs if the Coalition wins the forthcoming election.Read more... 



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

Greens push to end Future Fund fossil fuel investment: The Age 

The Greens will on Thursday launch a campaign to get the $85 billion Future Fund to sell its holdings in fossil-fuel industries starting with coal. Read more.. 



A Sunshine Coast produce markets guide here
Changing how we see the sea: ABC 6th June 2013
Australia's soon-to-be-established network of marine parks not only protects underwater environments and fish, but shifts the attitudes Australians have towards our oceans. 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.


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