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North Stradbroke Island Sand Mining

The Queensland Government has quietly removed critical environmental safeguards  from its proposed North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Amendment Bill 2013                   THE state government will amend the North Stradbroke Island Sustainability Act to allow mining on the island after 2025 to 2035. Queensland Mines Minister Andrew Cripps was expected to introduce a Bill to amend the North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Act in Parliament yesterday. Under the Act, which received royal assent in April 2011, 94 per cent of...

e-Bulletin 1st November 2013

1st November 2013 SUNSHINE COAST RALLY FOR NATIONAL DAY OF CLIMATE ACTION: 17TH NOVEMBER 2013 TIME: 17-11-2013- 10:00am- 12 midday EVENT ADDRESS: Quota Memorial Park, Matthew Street, Nambour QLD 4560, Australia (behind Woolworths) Members and friends across the Sunshine Coast are invited to a rally being organised by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council on 17 November to link with GetUp's National Day of Climate Action. WEAR HOT SUMMER COLOURS. Think red, orange, yellow- shirts, clothes, signs, banners, face-paint, sunhats, zinc, umbrellas and any other creative ideas. Bring along, or make on the day, a sign reading:...

e-Bulletin 18th October 2013

18th October 2013 From the SCEC desk.. A very big thank you to all those wonderful people who attended the launch of SCEC's new book 'The Sunshine Coast Environment- Extraordinary People and Places'. Those attendees contributed to a very successful and joyful gathering. A special mention must also go to Ian Lowe who was guest speaker, and gave up time from his busy schedule to contribute to our launch. If you were unable to attend the event but would still like to purchase a copy of the book, we have them for sale...

24hrs of Reality-Climate Reality

    Beginning at 11am PST on October 22, former Vice President Al Gore and the The Climate Reality Project will stop the clock for a full 24hrs to focus the world's attention on the greatest challlenge of our time:  climate change driven by carbon pollution.    With our global broadcast 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon, we'll bring together artists, scientists, celebrities, economists, and other experts to explore the many ways we're all paying for carbon pollution in our daily lives-wherever we may live-and how...

Environment & its protection continues decline

    This week more legislative rollbacks necessary to protect an increasingly fragile environment have been pushed through state Parliament.   A raft of amendments are being passed under the Nature Conservation & Other Legislation Bill (No 2) 2013.  Citing expected economic benefits from reducing environmental assessments & its supporting framework, the govt puts out the line that this doesn't mean a reduction in environmental standards. Unfortunately, there is little evidence this will be the...

e-Bulletin 27th September 2013

27th September 2013 From the SCEC desk.. A very big thank you to all those group representatives who attended SCEC's very first, 'Member Group Round Table'. It was a huge success and a great opportunity to share ideas and network, so far the feedback has been very positive. We look forward to having many more in the future. Check out this weeks thought provoking and inspiring Q & A, with very special guest David Suzuki. View  here  before it expires. With the dryness, heat and strong winds around at the moment,...