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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  

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...

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....

Noosa on Weyba

 De-Amalgamation and Noosa on Weyba from SCEC Member Group 'Friends of Lake Weyba'  The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has written to the State Government proposing that the new Noosa Shire Council be appointed assessment manager of the controversial development proposal, known as "Noosa on Weyba" which straddles the boundries of both local governments. Council stated the obvious; the majority of the site is within the Noosa boundries; the development effectively represents and expansion of Noosa's urban footprint; any future residents, should this outrageous proposal be approved, would predominantly utilise networks and services in the Noosa area, Sunshine Coast Regional Council are applauded for their reasoned, balanced...

What’s next for the Sunshine State? Uranium says the govt

  In the space of the last 48 hours, the Queensland government has released its 30 Year Electricity Strategy Discussion Paper where it says; The challenge of nuclear energy (Discussion Paper pg 20) The Queensland Government does not see any need for nuclear energy in Queensland. Queensland has abundant, low cost energy resources such as coal and gas and, with falling electricity demand, will unlikely...