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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,...

Flying-foxes targeted for dispersal again

  The flying-fox camp at Coolum had a reprieve from planned dispersal actions recently following the identification of heavily pregnant females. This time, the important roost at Tepequar Drive, Maroochydore is the next site for dispersal actions following the poor decision by Council to pursue this highly questionable approach to the management and conservation of a Federally listed and ecologically significant species. There is an opportunity to comment on the referral under the EPBC Act and we encourage you...

More environmental legislation rollbacks

                Submissions & hearings have been held into the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2013. The Nature Conservation Act (NCA) is yet another piece of vital environmental legislation to face the Newman govt heavy hand to an increasingly fragile and vulnerable environment.  SCEC Submission- NC & other Legislation Amendment Bill (No.2) 2013 and the Hearing transcripts See further detail (all submissions & background to the Bill) here The Committee are now...

Boost for Coast conservation!

  The welcome recent purchases of high value conservation areas with the Environment Levy demonstrate the importance of having dedicated funds for such strategic acquisitions. SCEC congratulates Council on their work and commitment in identifying and securing these parcels to significantly boost the region's  biodiversity and natural amenity See details on the Mt Ninderry parcel here..EL_factsheet_Mt_Ninderry_Reserve Aug13 and info on moregreat outcomes delivered through the Environment Levy http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=el-land-acquisition  

Yandina Quarry Update

  The No Blasted Quarry Campaign continues as the trial date has been postponed to November.      The postponement is to allow enough time for all parties to engage the appropriate experts with regard to the issue of the proposed Sunshine Coast Airport runway & flight path being directly overhead the proposed quarry site! Whilst the Legal teams work on the legalities, the team at No Blasted Quarry continue with the fundraising as the postponement will increase the expected costs for the Community. Please join us at our fundraising events in October and support your community ; go to www.quarryfight.com.au...

Airport expansion deal could fast-track species loss

    Photo: John Burrows   The survival of endangered and vulnerable flora and fauna such as the Emu Mountain She-oak and the wallum  on the Sunshine Coast Airport site has  just become even more tenuous with exemptions under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.  It seems the only law now standing between endangered vegetation and the bulldozers is the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) Act....