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States can’t handle environment laws

Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area PETER COSIER THE AUSTRALIAN JUNE 10, 2014 FIFTEEN years ago the Howard government introduced sweeping changes to national environmental laws, with the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. Its objective was, and still is, to provide for the protection of the environment and promote the conservation of biodiversity. The act was built around an inter­governmental agreement allocating different responsibilities to the states and commonwealth. The role of the commonwealth is to protect matters of national environmental significance, including our national...

Obi Obi zip-line update

MEDIA RELEASE – 22 May 2014 ZIP-LINE OK FOR TOURISM BUT NOT FOR NATIONAL PARK-SCEC The region’s peak environment group remains concerned that the high environmental and scenic values of the Kondalilla National Park will be at risk from a proposed zipline. Narelle McCarthy of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) said “Queensland is already falling well short of the mark in terms of protected areas with just 5% in National Park. The introduction of commercial activities which are likely to compromise significant conservation values and impact on the passive enjoyment of millions of visitors is extremely...

SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan-Have your say!

Our region’s natural assets are important for the economy, lifestyle and well-being of our community. The South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan 2009-2031 (SEQ NRM Plan) is the community’s plan to protect and restore the region’s natural assets.  The SEQ NRM Plan is currently being updated to help prepare the community and the economy for the future.  Whilst community feedback sessions have now been completed, the project is...

What does the Mooloolah Logging Area really look like?

This video provides a snapshot of just some of  the environmental values found in the Mooloolah Logging Area within the Beerwah State Forest. It's an insight into why it was due to transition into National Park until Minister Dickson arbitrarily suspended the SEQ Regional Forests Agreement & why it's the wrong place for a motorsports precinct.   SCEC maintains alternative sites need to be considered if such...

Sing up a storm on climate change

SCEC is calling on anyone concerned about climate change to join our community climate change choir: The Carbon Canaries What are the Carbon Canaries? The Carbon Canaries are passionate about communicating the climate change message through song, and the louder we are the better.  Great voice not necessary, joy in singing out with a group of like-minded people definitely is! Why have the Carbon Canaries? We need a new way to connect with people on climate change that tackles the serious issues but at the same time lets people to come...

Update: Noosa on Weyba in final stages

The Noosa on Weyba application is in its final decision stages, with the Noosa Council staff report on the matter now available. Access the report and background about the application at: Paul Summers Planning -FoLW All meetings of Noosa Council are public meetings so you can attend and watch proceedings (space is always limited). The process for the application is as follows: The staff report will be considered by Noosa’s Planning & Organisation Committee on the afternoon of Tuesday 25 March 2014...