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e-Bulletin November 2015

SCEC has been rather busy in the lead up to the UN Climate talks taking place in Paris this week. On Wednesday 25th November, Narelle and Leah attended the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy workshop at QUT in Brisbane. Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Steven Miles, who has also completed Climate Reality training, announced he would be attending the conference. Stay tuned on the outcomes of the Paris conference through the Climate Councils website.Later Wednesday evening, management committee member Natalie Martin-Booker hosted a film screening fundraiser of ‘This Changes Everything’ at the Maleny Community...

Maroochydore Sands proposal

SCEC acknowledges there are environmental considerations which we raise in our submissionWe also understand there are other impacts that must be addressed. We are actively engaged in all manner of developments & projects that have significant, irreversible environmental impacts in efforts to ensure the Sunny Coast's environment & lifestyle is protected & enhanced. Caloundra Sth, Palmview, the Meridan Plains sandmine-over 700ha to name a few.SCEC always advocates on behalf of the community from an informed position. We are also heavily involved in advocating on the State's draft planning legislation (subs also closing 23...

Mooloolah Logging Area-an ecological snapshot

MOOLOOLAH LOGGING AREA (within the Beerwah State Forest) Is located on the south-eastern site of Ewen Maddock Dam and forms four islands of vegetation divided by the Steve Irwin Way and Bruce Highway with a total area of approximately 880 hectares (ha). This is the only sizable stand of native forest in the Beerwah State Forest as the remaining 4500ha is made up of pine plantation. The largest parcel is 534 ha between Steve Irwin...

Decades of environmental planning reform rolled back

In 1997 the Integrated Planning Act was passed and represented a major shift in Queensland planning law, moving from a prescriptive approach to “performance based” assessment of development impacts. Since then, the IPA underwent numerous minor amendments until the last big over-haul of the planning system resulted in the reincarnation of IPA as the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA).  Among other refinements, SPA for the first time specifically...

e-Bulletin October 2015

SCEC is very excited to announce that we have filled the coordinator position and will be welcoming Leah Hays to the SCEC team as our new coordinator starting next week. Leah has a bachelor of environmental science and has been working with environmental organisations in the Byron Bay area as well as leading a team of volunteers on an elephant conservation project in Sumatra. An enormous vote of thanks goes out to all those who participated in the Climate Change Relay on 26 September. We didn't quite get the number we hoped we would so we are...

Ecotourism Plan review

National Parks Association Queensland and SCEC understands the Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2013-2020 which relies heavily on protected areas, including the Kondalilla National Park, is being reviewed to reflect current State Government policies.NPAQ and SCEC will provide links to the revised Plan when it is available.SCEC again raised concerns in this earlier media release: Zipline still a risk for Kondalilla National Park