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Free seminar calls community to action on planning laws

13 July 2015MEDIA RELEASE   The Sunshine Coast community must act now and tell the state government to restore community objection rights to developments, says former Sunshine Coast environment councillor Keryn Jones.“Sunshine Coasters love their region and want to ensure that it is developed in a manner that protects the things that make it so special,” Ms Jones, now Sunshine Coast Environment Council President, said.“Good planning...

e-Bulletin July 2015

Sunshine Coast Environment Council What an amazing year we've had. We had kind of forgotten about some of it until we had to pull it all together for theannual report that was presented at the AGM on 18 June. More than 50 meetings with public and private sector parties where we represented the environment, 30 events attended by over 10,000 people, 129 media stories... wow! An enormous thank you to all the volunteers, donors, members and people who showed up to our events that have made this possible. An enormous vote of thanks also goes out to the 38 people...

e-Bulletin June 2015

Sunshine Coast Environment Council As always it's been another very busy month at SCEC culminating in the 36th World Environment Day Festivalon Sunday 7 June. It was another great day and we would like to salute festival coordinator Matt Dinneen for a sterling effort organising this years festival. On the campaign front there have been two positive developments. In the appeal against Councils decission to refuse development approval for the Noosa on Weybadevelopment, the Planning & Environment Court ruled against the developer in the preliminary stages of the appeal. The case is not over yet but this is an important...

Annual Report 2015

The annual report for the 2014/15 financial year was adopted at the Annual General Meeting on 18 June 2015. The report looks back on one of our busiest years to date with some great campaign successes and terrific growth in our support base.An enormous vote of thanks goes out to all the 105 volunteers who contributed over 3,200 hours of their time during the year. Without these willing workers SCEC would not be able to stand up for our environment in the way we have these past 12 months.Annual Report 2015 (web) 

e-Bulletin May 2015

Sunshine Coast Environment Council Dear Scec, If you have not already heard, the major news coming from SCEC is that Sekisui's plans have been halted by the overwhelming majority of our Councillors (more details below)! This decission sends a very clear message to all would be investors, you are welcome on the coast but only if you're willing to play by our rules. Thank you to everyone who has been supportive of this campaign it was people power that won the day. This campaign really benefited from our ability to show where supporters were from and to ask people in key...

People Power & the Planning scheme

LETTER TO EDITORThe decision by an overwhelming majority of Councillors to not make major changes to the planning scheme to accommodate Sekisui’s ill-conceived intensive development at Yaroomba clearly showed that the community has called it correctly all along.Key issues and recommendations raised in the Council officers’ 27 April report and during the council meeting debate to arrive at such a decisive and sensible vote validated the community’s justified concerns. The extent and implications of amendments which would have seriously compromised the new planning scheme, unacceptable visual and...