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“New Waste Strategy Falls Short” : SCEC

MEDIA RELEASE – 23 February 2015 New Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy Falls Short for “Australia’s Most Sustainable region” rhetoric The Sunshine Coast Council’s new draft Waste Strategy falls well short of community expectations, according to a submission prepared by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC). Trevor Lloyd, Director of respected consultancy firm Sustainability Queensland and a member of the Consultative Committee to Cabinet for Queensland’s first waste strategy in the early 1990’s, assisted SCEC with the review of the draft strategy....

e-Bulletin February 2015

e-bulletin ,Greetings from SCEC this February! What an election result! "Queensland to give hope to all of Australia"- didn't expect that?! Things are turning positive in our state and should give 2015 a refreshing start to the issues closest to us. Check out our campaign updates below to see what's been happening with Halls Creek, Sekisui House, the Mooloolah Logging area and our Climate Action Campaign. Speaking of Climate Action Earth Hour2015 is rapidly approaching (28 March 2015). This year Earth Hour Australia is focusing on climate change impacts on our farming community. To highlight the theme...

SCEC’s Environment rollbacks backgrounder-State election

ROLLBACKS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS & COMMUNITY RIGHTSIn the last few years, we’ve seen the following assaults on Queensland’s environmental laws: Environmental impact assessment laws changed to allow major development projects to undergo a weaker, shorter and less transparent impact assessment process.  Removal of the concept of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) from legislation protecting water resources and various environment and planning legislation.  Amendments to the...

SCEC’s Climate Change backgrounder-State election

 MEDIA BACKGROUNDER – 27 January 2015Climate Change Policy in the Sunshine State: Three Years LostTake Home MessageThe risks that climate change represents to Queensland’s economy and way of life, the economic benefits of the transition to a low carbon economy and the financial risk and dubious economics of the coal industry are now well documented and clear. Despite this, over the last three years the current Queensland Government has systematically unraveled...

SCEC’s Planning & Development backgrounder-State election

MEDIA BACKGROUNDER: 27 January 2015 SCEC Election Issue- Planning & DevelopmentThe Sunshine Coast is a unique community because of the balance it has struck between preserving natural areas, for conservation, recreation and amenity, and urban areas, for residential, commercial and tourism purposes. Other communities elsewhere in Queensland (e.g. the Gold Coast or Townsville) have struck a different balance and created a different identity...

Election media release: SCEC calls out the LNP on the environment

The LNP State government’s environmental performance in their first term has been appalling according to the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC), the environment sector’s peak body for the region which represents 50 community organisations and has thousands of individual supporters.SCEC’s concerns echo environmental groups across the State that policies to protect the outstanding natural environment...