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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...

e-Bulletin December 2015

December 2015 SCEC has been rather active in the lead up to the UN Climate talks now wrapping up in Paris. On Wednesday 25th November, Narelle and Leah attended the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy workshop at QUT in Brisbane. Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, Dr Steven Miles MP, who has also completed Climate Reality training, announced he would be attending the conference. "Reflections from week 2 of the Paris Climate Talks" on the Climate Councils website provides some insights.Later that evening, SCEC hosted a film screening of...

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...