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Queensland’s status as leader in wildlife-diversity at risk, say environment groups

MEDIA RELEASE Friday 17th August 2018 Queensland’s status as leader in wildlife-diversity at risk, say environment groups Queensland’s leading environment groups have warned that Queensland’s status as the most wildlife-rich state in Australia is now seriously at...

Wildlife needs your voice!

  GUIDE TO MAKING A SUBMISSION TO THE FEDERAL SENATE INQUIRY ON FAUNAL EXTINCTION CRISIS   BACKGROUND The Federal Senate has responded to public concerns as to the plight of Australia’s wildlife and adequacy of our environmental laws. This Inquiry provides an important opportunity to highlight the problem and solutions to our extinction crisis. Including closely examining Australia’s national environmental laws, policies and funding arrangements. Submissions to the inquiry will play an important role in shaping recommendations of the committee. Key points to consider: Submissions should address the Terms of Reference. The most impactful...

Raise your voice for Democracy

Please support this action being undertaken by SCEC member group Friends of Yaroomba by coming to the rally and by sharing this message with your organisation’s members, family and friends. Let's join together to hold our representatives to account!     Dear Sunshine Coast Community Groups and Residents Following the Sunshine Coast Regional Council approving Sekisui’s contentious high rise, high density residential development at Yaroomba (which a record breaking 9,288 people formally objected to), we subsequently attended an OSCAR Inc General Meeting, where we heard from other Sunshine Coast Community groups...

Council gets it right with Palmview vote

​ MEDIA RELEASE 20 July 2018  The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) has welcomed support for recommendations to have land at Palmview retained for conservation and flood storage. “These parcels have significant ecological and habitat values, function as wildlife corridors and are almost entirely flood prone.   They form important linkages with the nearby Mooloolah River National Park and Lower Mooloolah Environmental Reserve and support the hydrology necessary for the health of these conservation areas and function of the floodplains” said...

Sekisui's proposal approved

Last week, Sekisui’s inappropriate development application for Yaroomba was approved after Councillors voted 6:5 in favour of the proposal.

Sekisui decision to be made Thursday 21 June 2018

Last week, a report by Sunshine Coast Council officers recommended approval of the Sekisui House Yaroomba Beach development application, despite conflicts with the Planning Scheme and an unprecedented 9,288 objections from the community. Now, in a Special Meeting tomorrow - Thursday 21 June - 11 Councillors will go to vote and decide if this inappropriate development gets the green light.

Yandina Creek Wetlands- a campaign celebration

HISTORY OF THE YANDINA CREEK WETLAND CAMPAIGN by GREG ROBERTS With floodgates being reopened in May 2018 so the Yandina Creek Wetland on Queensland's Sunshine Coast can be restored, the future is looking bright for this important site. A campaign spanning six years has finally resulted in an excellent outcome for biodiversity in the heart of Australia's tenth largest city. Supporters of that campaign have suggested that its history be documented; this account is...

Buderim development approved despite risks

Councillors voted 9-2 to approve the controversial Buderim development marketed as 'Badderam'  at Council's 19 April Ordinary Meeting despite the raft of planning issues. Such are the extent of conflicts with the planning scheme (the former Maroochy Plan 2000) against which it was assessed, that some 480 specific conditions (not 158 as quoted elsehwere) were applied plus an essential Infrastructure Agreement (IA).  The purported 'benefits' all hinge on the delivery and operation of a 5 star hotel being a key part of...

Almost 500 conditions expose the 'real' Badderam

Thirty-four pages of reasonable and relevant conditions sit behind the recommended approval for this contentious proposal.  Some 480 qualified conditions shows the extent of planning conflicts and why it should not be approved in its current form. Around 50 substantive conditions relating to geotechnical issues alone demonstrates the risks associated with a development of this bulk and scale atop the Buderim Escarpment.   The purported 'benefits' all hinge on the delivery and operation...

Badderam-economic claims sideline sound planning

Despite significant planning issues warranting a long list of conditions, this contentious development application is recommended for approval at the 19 April Council Meeting. The raft of conflicts with the planning scheme, haven't gone away, simply 'justified' in the 'public interest' based on claims of tourism and economic benefit claims. Please take some time to review the agenda documents, particularly the detailed assessment report and the approval conditions. Also, please consider contacting Councillors with your...

Is 'Badderam' good for Buderim?

The marketing campaign for 'Badderam' touts an 'eco-resort' sympathetic to Buderim's natural environment and amenity. In their May 2015 request to lodge an application under the superseded Maroochy Plan 2000, the proponents say; “This development retains almost 100% of the property's vegetation. No excessive land clearing is required, making it a truly ecological, site sensitive and sustainable development.” But is it? A review of the development application documents for 24-26 Box Street Buderim suggests such claims aren't necessarily supported.  Application documents actually show a development of a scale that would not...

Levy welcomed to tackle Queensland's waste

As the only State without a levy on waste, Queensland has been the dumping ground for interstate waste for too long.  A key, headline recommendation coming out of the final report following the Investigation into the transfer of waste into Queensland is the Government's consideration to implement a general levy on all waste disposed of at landfill in Queensland. "SCEC is pleased to see the Palaszczuk government act on this recommendation by stating its intention to reinstate such a...