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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  

SCEC meets Minister on interchange impacts

Standing for hundreds of years, an old growth blackbutt is flagged for clearing in the project footprint SCEC has been encouraged by a recent meeting with Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, senior Transport and Main Roads (TMR) staff and representatives from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing regarding the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade.Minister Bailey was generous with his time and is receptive to SCEC’s concerns relating...

What Can We Do to Protect Koalas in Queensland?

  LawJam 17 Presentations-  09 September 2015 Hosted by the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDOQ) and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) Held at Lake Kawana Community Centre     That was the question we put to a panel of highly koala-fied experts. And it's a question we asked you, as we continue to slug out some solutions to the crisis gripping koala populations in Queensland, and hammer out a plan of action! Continue...

e-Bulletin September 2015

Less than 10 days to go until our second Climate Change Relay takes place (Sat 26 September). The timing of the event has taken on new significance with the recent change of Prime Minister. We have a great opportunity to send a strong message via local members Mal Brough, Warren Truss and Clive Palmer that Australians everywhere want decisive action based on Climate Change. If you haven't already done so please invite your friends and family to our facebook event so we can reach as many people as possible. We are organising a free screening of Merchants of Doubt in...