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A sensible way forward agreed for shark risk management in Great Barrier-HSI Reef

  04 February 2020   Humane Society International (HSI) welcomes the agreement to implement an end to the deliberate culling of sharks in the Great Barrier Reef which has been reached between the Commonwealth and Queensland governments. It paves...

Sekisui appeal - the trial is over!

Three intensive weeks of trial in the Maroochydore Planning and Environment Court saw the culmination of SCEC and Development Watch's appeal against Council's approval of Sekisui's inappropriate high-density development at Yaroomba concluded on 6th December.    We mounted a strong appeal in the face of substantially larger legal representation for both Council and Sekisui. We now await the judgement expected to be delivered in late March/early April 2020 which we of course hope is a positive one!   The conclusion of the trial marks the...

Losing a generation: flying-fox abandonment event a distressing sign of what's to come

    Humane Society International (HSI) is urging governments to deploy emergency support for wildlife carers and prepare for sustained action as thousands of grey-headed flying-fox pups are being abandoned due to stress...

Coolum Surf Ranch Media Release

PROPOSED COOLUM ‘SURF RANCH’ AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT POSES UNACCEPTABLE FLOOD RISK Several community organisations named in an ABC radio interview on Wednesday 6 November[1] have issued a joint statement, expressing their concerns with the proposed intensive urban development and ‘Surf Ranch’ at Coolum. In the interview, Andrew Stark, General Manager of World Surf League (Australia), mentioned consultation had taken place with several community organisations including the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Coolum and North Shore Coast Care, Friends of Yaroomba, OSCAR and Development Watch Inc.  From the conversation that followed, listeners...

Development Watch applies for adjournment of Sekisui Appeal

  MEDIA RELEASE October 17, 2019 An application for adjournment of the Court Appeal by Development Watch against Sunshine Coast Regional Council and global Japanese property development company Sekisui House will be heard this Monday October 21 in Brisbane. Development Watch Legal Officer, Lyn Saxton, said another $110,000 was needed to fund the court case set to start on November 18. ...

Humane Society International decries politicking over sharks

Humane Society International says the new drumlines the Queensland Fisheries Minister is installing on Queensland beaches will serve no public benefit. "They are a political placebo,” said Head of Campaigns Nicola Beynon.