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Development Watch applies for adjournment of Sekisui Appeal

  MEDIA RELEASE October 17, 2019 An application for adjournment of the Court Appeal by Development Watch against Sunshine Coast Regional Council and global Japanese property development company Sekisui House will be heard this Monday October 21 in Brisbane. Development Watch Legal Officer, Lyn Saxton, said another $110,000 was needed to fund the court case set to start on November 18. ...

Humane Society International decries politicking over sharks

Humane Society International says the new drumlines the Queensland Fisheries Minister is installing on Queensland beaches will serve no public benefit. "They are a political placebo,” said Head of Campaigns Nicola Beynon.

Council airport water release update at odds with community expectations

26 September 2019 - JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT The keenly anticipated update of the Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion Project Water Release fact sheet is cause for great disappointment for the six community groups who organised a public information meeting on September 10th in Maroochydore attended by over 300 people....

Imbil State Forest - A plan to bring back endangered lowland forest

Proposal developed by Greg Roberts, Sunshine Coast Birds, 2019.  The Queensland Government is continuing to consider a proposal to restore a large area of subtropical lowland rainforest, a critically endangered habitat, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. The proposal being considered by the Environment Minister, Lee-anne Enoch, suggests the stopping of logging hoop pine plantations...

Join us in the Fight to Save Yaroomba

Watch our video of turtle hatchlings on Yaroomba Beach.   This is what's at stake if we don't win our fight!!   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...

Queensland shark control debate - fact and fiction

                                                                                      Please see below for the Humane Society International's media release.                                  ...

Community calls for sustainable options to handle airport water

12 SEPTEMBER 2019 - JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT Over 300 people who attended a public information session held on Tuesday night (10 Sept) in Maroochydore heard more detail around the proposal by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council to release ponded water from the Sunshine Coast Airport via a pipeline to the ocean at Marcoola. Presentations by Ross Ullman,...

Yabba National Park Proposal

Proposal for a Yabba National Park   After the Newman government axed the SEQFA, plans for an expanded national park in the Conondales lay in tatters with a series of small disconnected national park outliers strewn across the landscape. A proposal, initiated by Imbil-based geographer Ian Stehbens and developed by National Parks Association of Qld in conjunction with Conondale Range Conservation, Hinterland Bush Links, SCEC and Birds Queensland calls for a National Park to include the magnificent Yabba Falls and provides the government with a wonderful opportunity. The Yabba Falls Scenic Reserve...

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

Watch our video of turtle hatchlings on Yaroomba Beach.   This is what's at stake if we don't win our fight!! 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...

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...