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WED Fest relaunches as online event

In these extraordinary times, the Sunshine Coast Environment Council's commitment to standing up for the environment continues. As many of you have guessed, we have had to reconsider our plans to host the World Environment Day Festival at Cotton Tree on June 7th. But we are not going to let anything get in the way of us celebrating 40 years of taking action for the environment! Behind the scenes, the team are working hard to develop WED Fest in a digital format.

Region's future in the balance this election: SCEC

  The Sunshine Coast Environment Council, (SCEC), the peak environmental advocacy organisation for the region for the past forty years, is calling for action from all candidates contesting the local government election to demonstrate genuine commitment to achieving ecological sustainability in the next term.   SCEC has identified key priorities for the Sunshine Coast region over the next four years; Stronger collaboration between local government authorities and community Acceleration of...

Patagonia supports Save Yaroomba!

For years our passionate community has been working hard to protect our beloved Yaroomba from the outrageous Sekisui development. In late 2018 the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) and local community group Development Watch commenced proceedings in the Planning and Environment Court to appeal the Sunshine Coast Council's appalling decision to approve Sekisui’s totally inappropriate proposal for intensive residential and hotel development on the sensitive beachfront. After a year of court action, a three week long trial concluded on December 6th 2019. After exceptional community mobilisation...

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...