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Narelle McCarthy - one of Coast's most powerful!

The Sunshine Coast Daily has released the Power 100, the 100 most influential people in our region over the past 12 months. From savvy business owners pushing our economy forward to the voices calling for social change, many Coast residents caught the country’s attention in 2019. These are the individuals that pushed the boundaries and made an impact on our community’s conversations in 2019. Sunshine Coast Environment Council is proud to announce that...

A sensible way forward agreed for shark risk management in Great Barrier-HSI Reef

  04 February 2020   Humane Society International (HSI) welcomes the agreement to implement an end to the deliberate culling of sharks in the Great Barrier Reef which has been reached between the Commonwealth and Queensland governments. It paves...

Sekisui appeal - the trial is over!

Three intensive weeks of trial in the Maroochydore Planning and Environment Court saw the culmination of SCEC and Development Watch's appeal against Council's approval of Sekisui's inappropriate high-density development at Yaroomba concluded on 6th December.    We mounted a strong appeal in the face of substantially larger legal representation for both Council and Sekisui. We now await the judgement expected to be delivered in late March/early April 2020 which we of course hope is a positive one!   The conclusion of the trial marks the...

Losing a generation: flying-fox abandonment event a distressing sign of what's to come

    Humane Society International (HSI) is urging governments to deploy emergency support for wildlife carers and prepare for sustained action as thousands of grey-headed flying-fox pups are being abandoned due to stress...

Coolum Surf Ranch Media Release

PROPOSED COOLUM ‘SURF RANCH’ AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT POSES UNACCEPTABLE FLOOD RISK Several community organisations named in an ABC radio interview on Wednesday 6 November[1] have issued a joint statement, expressing their concerns with the proposed intensive urban development and ‘Surf Ranch’ at Coolum. In the interview, Andrew Stark, General Manager of World Surf League (Australia), mentioned consultation had taken place with several community organisations including the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, Friends of Yaroomba, OSCAR and Development Watch Inc.  From the conversation that followed, listeners...

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,...