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e-Bulletin 26th April 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   26th April 2013 Feel free to email us with feedback, your opinions are important. Local News   Planning for World Environment Day is full speed ahead and getting very exciting. Follow the links to check out the new Website and FaceBook page. As with all successful events, they would not be possible without a wonderful team of volunteers.If you would like to volunteer at World Environment Day, learn new skills, have fun with like minded people and be proactive in educating the community about sustainable living choices then got to our volunteer page or E: info@wed.org.au  Stockland...

Comment on the Draft State Planning Policy

The Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeny has released the draft State Planning Policy (draft SPP) for public consultation. The Queensland Government is committed to establishing a new approach to state planning policies that simplifies and clarifies state interests. The draft SPP sets out policies on matters of state interest in planning and development, and provides a key framework of the government's broader commitment to planning reform. Public consultation closes on Wednesday...

e-Bulletin 12th April 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   12th April 2013 Feel free to email us with feedback, your opinions are important. Local News      Keep Australia Beautiful:Beverage Container Recycling Grants Applications are now open for a community grant of up to $10,000 for local projects that will help increase the recycling of beverage containers. For more info go here. SCEC is proud to now be part of the 'Places You Love' campaign.Take action to protect our environmental laws and send a message to Minister Bourke here. Discounting for developers is welfare, says LGA chief: SC Daily Bill Hoffman 11/04/2013DISCOUNTS on...

e-Bulletin 28th March 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   28th March 2013 Happy Easter to all! Please consider how you celebrate however, and follow some of the  tips below: Remember rabbits are not a native to Australia, however Bilby's are, and when you buy a chocolate Bilby you will be donating to the 'Save the Bilby' fund. If you must buy chocolate make sure it has the 'Fair Trade' logo on it that way you know it is sustainablly sourced, guide here Look closely at the packaging: is it encased in foil, then hard plastic then cardboard, or more plastic? Less plastic...

Inquiry into the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

The Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee  has published a summary of the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 on its website.  The summary is available at: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/AREC/inquiries/current-inquiries/11-LandWaterOLA The committee welcomes written submissions on the Bill. The closing date for lodging submissions is Friday, 5 April 2012.  Public hearing for...

Environmental Defenders Office opportunities to comment on law reform

Draft Management Plans for Commonwealth Marine Reserves open for comment until 14 February 2013 The draft management plans have been prepared under the EPBC Act and cover the South-west, North-west, North and Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network and the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve. The plans and further information is...

Comment on the Draft Rural Futures Strategy

Draft Rural Futures Strategy Council has recently released a Draft Rural Futures Strategy for public comment. The draft strategy provides a framework for supporting the growth and prosperity of the rural communities of the Sunshine Coast. It sets out a range of activities that will help strengthen and enhance the existing role of the Hinterland as an area of outstanding natural beauty and vitality, and as a location: for agriculture production as a tourism destination for a range...

Senate Inquiry into the EPBC Amendment Bill 2012

Submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012 are due in this Friday 18 January 2013.  Everyone should write in to show that there is a need for independent assessment of projects that could impact our Matters of National Environmental Significance and that the Federal Government is required to hold those powers. Here are four reasons why this is important: 1....

A nuclear future?

The QLD Greens are organising an afternoon to discuss the recent reignition of the nuclear debate. SCEC executive officer Wiebe ter Bals will be one of the speakers examining the environmental cost of Nuclear energy across the lifecycle. Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Robin Taubenfeld will be the other key speaker. The event takes place at Kings Tavern in Caloundra on Sunday the 20th of January and will go from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Click here to few the flyer

Caloundra South Submissions

7TH JUNE 2013 Stockland has now submitted it's Caloundra South Final Public Environment Report (PER)  View report here  Environment Minister Tony Burke's decision is due any day. Submissions on the draft Public Environmental Report for Caloundra South are due on Friday the 28th of December.  The PER process is the last statutory opportunity the community has to make their views about this proposed development heard. SCEC has reviewed the documents and prepared a detailed submission, a summary of the submission is repeated below. We encourage everyone to make a submission on this important topic (submissions should...

E-Petition: Preserve current prohibition on Uranium Mining

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the decision by the Newman Government to recommence uranium mining in Queensland without consultation with the Queensland people. For more info and to sign the petition follow this link: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/en/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petitions

Planning Scheme – Make your views heard

Submissions for the new planning scheme will close next Friday the 14th of December. It is extremely important that as a community we let council know that we support strong environmental protection. SCEC has reviewed the planning scheme and prepared a pro-forma that help make your views heard. In broad terms the planning scheme seeks to protect the core habitat areas and to establish the ecological linkage  identified in the Biodiversity strategy. It also protects the regions waterways and wetlands and provides for...