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Adani Groundwater Plan Approved

The Adani Carmichael coal mine project continues to dominate headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Queensland government, under significant pressure since the federal election, has approved Adani's Ground Water Dependent Ecosystem Management Plan (GDEMP). The Department of Environment and Science cited the additional conditions placed on Adani and the input of both the CSIRO and Geoscience Australia. The decision means that preliminary work can begin on the Adani site, however further approvals are needed before an extraction can occur. After a recent win thanks to ACF and EDO QLD,...

United to Save Yaroomba

PLEASE DONATE NOW In June 2018, the Sunshine Coast Council approved a controversial proposal by developer Sekisui for a high-rise, high-density residential, retail and hotel development at Yaroomba - a significant turtle nesting site for endangered loggerheads and one of the Sunshine Coast's last untouched coastal jewels.This was despite years of community opposition and Sekisui’s proposal being contrary to the Coast’s town plan – a contract with the community to protect our beautiful Coast from developments just like this and to respect our values.But the fight to save Yaroomba isn’t over. Together with community group Development Watch, we’ve...

World Environment Day 2019

World Environment Day Festival is returning to Cotton Tree at Maroochydore on June 2nd 2019! Join us and over 100 community groups, food vendors, musicians and exhibitors to celebrate and take action for our local environment. World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Each year the day is centered around a theme, this year's theme is air pollution. Unfortunately, 91%...

Recreational hunting not the answer to feral animals

A parliamentary petition calling for a Proposed 3-year trial of conservation hunting in Queensland State Forests raises significant  concerns as its' intent is for the hunting of feral 'game' and not focused on humanely managing feral animals for conservation outcomes.  While the wide-ranging and cumulative impacts of feral animals on native wildlife, ecosystems and biodiversity are recognised and warrant an urgent and comprehensive response, the approach taken in this proposal...

Vale John Sinclair AO

  MEDIA STATEMENT 08 February 2019   Vale Dr John Sinclair AO – a true giant amongst nature conservationists The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) wishes to acknowledge the recent passing of Dr John Sinclair AO – a true giant amongst nature conservationists both nationally and internationally. No words can say how grateful we are for your extraordinary courage and dedicated conservation efforts spanning five decades. Dr Sinclair is best known for his decades long campaigns to have the environmental, scientific and cultural values of Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Region Marine and National Parks protected, sustainably managed,...

Support SCEC through Containers for Change

Queensland's Container Refund Scheme kicked off on November 1st 2018 and we are fortunate to be able to benefit from your recycling efforts. You can nominate SCEC as your charity and you will not only reduce landfill, but help fund our work to protect and preserve the Sunshine Coast's environment. For more information on the scheme, click HERE. For a list of container refund points, click HERE.  Please quote our Scheme ID C10007101 when depositing your containers. Thank you for supporting us and happy...

Yaroomba Declared an Endangered Wave

Yaroomba Beach has been declared an 'Endangered Wave' as part of the Surfrider's Endangered Wave campaign. The visual impacts imposed by the development along with the increased population in the local area are major threats to the wave itself and will have a great impact on local surfers. Yaroomba unfortunately is subject to 4 of the 6 national criteria set by the campaign: Coastal Developments Accessibility and Overcrowding Visual Amenity Ecosystem Threats   

Glossy Team Sunrise

On 22 January 2019 Sunrise Beach locals supported by a Glossy expert sat down with Uniting Care and Blue Care representatives to discuss the planned aged care development at Sunrise Beach. The passionate locals explained to the developers the strong and urgent need to retain more trees to support the long term survival of the vulnerable Glossy Black Cockatoo, Calyptorhynchus lathami. The group also showcased the strong community support for the campaign with The Save Sunrise Glossies petition gaining over 2250 signatures, a list of over 220 comments left by signatories and 9 letters of support (including SCEC) including from the largest local community conservation organisations.  For further information...

Be part of Clean Energy for Eternity

Save the date - Saturday 2nd February 1 pm at Peregian Beach  People across Australia are joining together to send a strong message to the Government that we want 100% Renewable Energy Now.  Clean Energy for Eternity is rallying people across Australia to form human signs for a video to be sent to the Prime Minister demanding 100% Renewables Now.  From the top of Kosciusko to Broken Hill to here on the Sunshine Coast people will be joining together to form human signs to spell out:  MAKE THE SWITCH...

Farm or Factory?

Image: View from Mt Ninderry where the 185,000m2+ facility is to be located in the centre (Oct 2018). “Factory facility” planned for Maroochy River A development application  has been lodged with Sunshine Coast Council by an interstate company to build an industrially scaled high tech intensive horticulture business on rural land directly in front of Mt Ninderry in the Maroochy River valley. It will largely be located on the southern floodplains of the upper estuary of the Maroochy River. Hear more from local residents below and why Protect Our Scenic Amenity (POSA) has been created.... Currently there is no industry or development of this nature...

Reform of Queensland Planning Legislation

    When questionable planning approvals are relaxed even more…it’s time to tighten up the generous loopholes and return planning to the people! Queensland residents have concerns about Queensland's planning laws which favour developers' interests over Quality of life, heritage and neighbourhood character Green open space and conservation areas Koala and other wildlife habitat Convenient and timely travel Services and infrastructure capacity to meet population needs One example is the construction of Breeze Mooloolaba by Aria property group which...

Reports expose Sekisui's real risk to Yaroomba turtles

                                 Reports obtained through Right to Information by Coolum & North Shore Coast Care are scathing of Sekisui’s turtle impact assessment and lighting report reinforcing concerns regarding the significant risks posed  by this inappropriate development. Instead of being readily accessible, it took a Right to Information application by a community group...