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Clean Up Australia Day 2016

Now in its 26th year, Clean Up Australia Day is still going strong with more than 27.2 million hours devoted towards the environment and over 288,650 tonnes of rubbish collected over the years. What started in 1989 as a community event bringing 40,000 Sydney-siders together to clean the harbour has become a worldwide movement with an estimated 40 million people from 130 countries taking part annually in Clean Up the World.Australia is leading the way with community-led environmental action, and while we can proudly claim Earth Hour and Clean Up the World movements as our own, we...

Minister defends National Parks

The Agriculture and Environment Committee reported on the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2015 on 05 February.  The report is available hereThe restoration of fundamental provisions in the Act such as the cardinal principle which recognises National Parks as cornerstones for conservation was crucial to protecting the Kondalilla National Park from an inappropriate zip-line.The Nature Conservation Act is also an integral part of the legislative framework  to protect our small, diverse conservation estate from potential commercial activities and intensive uses which would compromise the natural and amenity values of...

e-Bulletin February 2016

10 February 2016  It's been a colourful start to the year for SCEC, with lots of action on the community engagement front. On January 24, SCEC joined the Boomerang Alliance, Surfrider Foundation and Noosa Community Biosphere Association on Noosa Main beach to send a clear message to local politicians- we want a Container Deposit Scheme on the Sunshine Coast! A recent reader poll in the Sunshine Coast Daily revealed that 96% of respondents supported the idea, with 23% of those 96% saying it should be extended to more than just drink containers. Now it is up to us to...

Maroochydore CBD update

With the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk andSunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamiesonturning the first sod on SunCentralMaroochydore on 11 February, what will become the 'new' Maroochydore CBD is moving ahead. What will be its' 'look and feel?'The opportunity to incorporate fundamental and necessary sustainability, livability and design features cannot be missed if this development is to contribute in a practical, visual and meaningful way to the Sunshine Coast's sustainability vision.Such elements are critical for a development of this scale and the population it is projected to support.To have a healthy society and environment in the future, we need to...

Planning reforms-submissions due!

SUPPORTING INSTRUMENTS- SUBMISSIONS DUE 05 FEB The Queensland Government is seeking comment on the draft planning supporting instruments until 6pm 5 February 2016. The supporting instruments include the regulation and the rules and guidelines which now contain much of the substance of the planning framework, including the development assessment rules (previously the IDAS framework). If you care about the quality of Queensland's planning laws, it is essential to get commentary in on these supporting instruments.If you need assistance with your submission- you can use our submission template!Simply:If you need...

Planning seminar-presentations

Environmental Defenders Office Queensland and SCEC hopes you managed to make it to the recent seminar on the supporting instruments, and that if you did, you found it interesting and informative. If you weren't able to attend, this update should put you in the picture and assist in preparing a submission and help spread the word! The EDO Qld presentation is now available on the EDO Qld website, as well as the Department's presentation from the Brisbane seminar (which covered substantially the same material as the Sunshine Coast one) We've also put together...