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March/April 2017 E-News

March/April E-News

Express Your Art & Heart to Protect Elanda Point

A proposal has been put forward to the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing by Eco Camp Pty Ltd (Discovery Group) to downgrade 2.6 hectares in the Noosa River Declared Fish Habitat Area at Elanda Point (see Map 2) from a management A to a managment B Fish Habitat Area so they can build a 70m private jetty out into the tranquil, natural beauty of Lake Cootharaba with its rich, aquatic...

Still Don’t Rock the Maroochy!

It has been two months since the Council voted to defer a decision on rocking the Maroochy River mouth and there has been no public indication of what level of consultation there will be. Time is running out for meaningful consultation given that a report is due to go to Council’s June meeting. Concerned residents, including former Councillors who have a strong association with this important issue, have formed a working group researching the issue in conjunction with SCEC. Some of these people were involved in the decision making process...

Shelly Beach Dune Vegetation ‘Management Trial’

Conservation of our coast or ‘beachfront garden’ for a few? A small group of North Shelly Beach residents has approached the Sunshine Coast Council (item 8.2.1 of the 23 March Ordinary Meeting agenda) requesting a change in management of the dunes between Russell Street and William Street to provide for their improved scenic amenity. Councillors need to know your views before Thursday 23 March! The area is currently cared for by local Turtlecare...

January/February E-News 2017

January & February E-News 2017

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Keep the Maroochy rock free!

At the 25 January Ordinary Meeting of the Sunshine Coast Council, a questionable and contentious motion recommending options which would ultimately see the rock walling of the magnificent Maroochy River was sensibly not supported. Instead, an alternative motion put by Mayor Mark Jamieson to undertake further studies and consultation was unanimously passed.   Amongst a range of necessary considerations, this 'pause and revisit' importantly provides  the opportunity to re-establish the Maroochy River Entrance Working Party- a consultative group comprising broad representation offering a range of expertise and knowledge initially convened some twenty years ago. Such a group provides the required independent model to ensure robust and interactive community engagement upon...

Protected Area Strategy-Have your say

Media statement- Minister Dr Steven Miles MP The Palaszczuk Government has released a discussion paper on its draft Protected Area Strategy Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said the discussion paper was available online and invited all Queenslanders to have their say on the draft strategy. “We’re asking the public for their comments on how we can build and manage a diverse and effective protected area system in Queensland,” Dr Miles said. “Our protected areas include our national parks and privately owned nature refuges, and...

An overview of the draft SEQ Regional Plan

Draft SEQ regional plan released-have your say by 3 March 2017 The draft South East Queensland (SEQ) Regional Plan has been released and is open for comment until midnight on Friday 3 March 2017. Read more… The SEQ Regional Plan is an important regional planning tool, which can direct how both the state and local governments undertake planning and development decision-making in SEQ. Regional Plans override planning schemes where there is inconsistency. As part of the package released...

Have Your Say on Planning - FREE SEMINARS!

Care about the environment, community, responsible development and quality planning? Right now, important opportunities exist for you to have your say on how planning happens in your region and across the state. To make sure you have the information and analysis you need to take up these opportunities, leading independent community legal centre Environmental Defenders Office Qld is partnering with the Qld Department of Planning to put on a number of free seminars. QUEENSLAND PLANNING INSTRUMENTS SEMINARS Updated...

Have Your Say on Planning – FREE SEMINARS!    

Care about the environment, community, responsible development and quality planning? Right now, important opportunities exist for you to have your say on how planning happens in your region and across the state. To make sure you have the information and analysis you need to take up these opportunities, leading independent community legal centre Environmental Defenders Office Qld is partnering with the Qld Department of Planning to put on a number of free seminars. QUEENSLAND...

Halls Creek & the SEQ Regional Plan

The draft SEQ Regional Plan or ShapingSEQ  was released on 20 October for comment until 03 March 2017. While the real questions about unsustainable population growth and ‘growth’ projections need to be asked and objectively answered, the South-East Queensland Regional or ShapingSEQ  is the overarching statutory planning document. As such, it has significant implications for the region’s environment and liveability. The Sunshine Coast Council has prepared this  overview and video which reinforces the crucial elements such as protecting the Moreton Bay to Sunshine Coast Regional Inter-urban Break and not supporting Halls Creek for development. The draft...