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Beerwah State Forest under threat-updates

The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) is concerned a significant part of the Beerwah State Forest may be earmarked for a motorsports precinct.“The state government appears to be pushing through yet another proposal under a veil of secrecy which will impact on important areas of the Sunshine Coast’s conservation and open space network” said SCEC spokesperson Narelle McCarthy.“We recognise motorsports are part of the many recreational opportunities offered by the region. However, there are potentially other, more appropriate sites...

Motorsports in Mooloolah Forest: update

 The state government appears to be unrelenting in their push for a motorsports precinct to be established in their pre-determined location of the Mooloolah Logging Area with the Beerwah State Forest.  The list of the environmental values of this area is long and certainly dispels the historical description of being an actively logged area or one which is "degraded"Diminishing riverine and floodplain ecosystems, wetland habitats including coastal & sub-coastal floodplain wet heath and  tree swamps are in this area, one of...

House Environment Committee to examine ‘green tape’

House Environment Committee to examine streamlining environmental regulation Thursday 27 February 2014 The House of Representatives Environment Committee will conduct an inquiry into streamlining environmental regulation, ‘green tape’, and one stop shops for environmental assessments and approvals. Committee Chair, Alex Hawke MP, welcomed the referral of this inquiry from the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP. “One of the keys to driving productivity in Australia is...

Sea Dumping Challenge Up and Running

North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) will today be filing its legal challenge to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA’s) decision to grant a permit for the dumping of 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil in the GBR Marine Park and World Heritage Area. The application will be filed in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Brisbane under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 by lawyers from the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO) acting for NQCC. The permit had been requested by North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation as part of its...

Australia’s environment minister could soon be above the law

27 February 2014, 6.23am AEST Earlier this month, a Senate inquiry paved the way for the Parliament to give Environment Minister Greg Hunt legal immunity against future legal challenges to his decisions on mining projects. If it passes… Author Gregory McIntyre  Adjunct Professor at University of Notre Dame     Disclosure Statement Gregory McIntyre does not work for, consult to, own...

Winners of the photo competition

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of our photo competition today. Our thanks goes out to all those who submitted images, many of which would have been equally deserving to take out the main prizes. You can check out all entries at our photo competition page. But the juries final verdict is this: Our natural Environment Winner- Karmen Luxmar Runner up- Genevieve Kane   Jellyfish in the morning sun (Peregian Beach)   Coastal Sheoak trees in the sunset (Peregian Beach)     People &...