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Halls Creek & the SEQ Regional Plan

Shaping SEQ 2016 The draft SEQ Regional Plan or ShapingSEQ was released on 20 October for comment until 03 March 2017. While the real questions about unsustainable population growth and 'growth' projections need to be asked and objectively answered, the South-East Queensland Regional or ShapingSEQ is the overarching statutory planning document. As such, it has significant implications for the region's environment and liveability. The Sunshine Coast Council has prepared this overview and video which reinforces the crucial elements such as protecting the Moreton Bay to...

Coastal Pathway Master Plan

Recent addition to coastal pathway-Warana. Edge effects from weeds & struggling revegetation apparent The Sunshine Coast Council has released the Coastal Pathway Master Plan  for comment. While elements of a coastal pathway have merit, some proposed sections along the 73km alignment represent unacceptable environmental and amenity impacts and should be avoided. Such impacts cannot be justified to simply fulfil the “vision” of a continuous, mostly concrete, pathway. SCEC has initially assessed some of key northern links and prepared this attached pro-forma submission for the Stumers Creek Coolum to Birrahl Park Yaroomba sections with some points to...

Coastal Pathway Master Plan

Recent addition to coastal pathway-Warana. Edge effects from weeds & struggling revegetation apparent The Sunshine Coast Council has released the Coastal Pathway Master Plan  for comment. While elements of a coastal pathway have merit, some proposed sections along the 73km alignment represent unacceptable environmental and amenity impacts and should be avoided. Such impacts cannot be justified to simply fulfil the “vision” of a continuous, mostly concrete, pathway. SCEC has initially assessed some of key northern links and prepared this attached pro-forma submission for the Stumers Creek Coolum to Birrahl Park Yaroomba sections with some points...

December 2016 E-News

December 2016 E-News!

Plans on show for Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway Bruce Highway upgrade

The design layout for the $929.3 million Bruce Highway upgrade between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway will be on show at public displays on the Sunshine Coast over coming weeks. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project involved upgrading the...

Plans on show for Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway Bruce Highway upgrade

The design layout for the $929.3 million Bruce Highway upgrade between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway will be on show at public displays on the Sunshine Coast over coming weeks. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the project involved upgrading the...

Saving the Steve Irwin Way Forest

Following Expressions of Interest for the Bruce Highway Upgrade-Caloundra Road to Sunshine Mwy, SCEC understands two proponents have been selected to progress into the competitive design phase. Now subject to commercial-in-confidence, emphasis has been given by Transport & Main Roads to 'minimise' the impact on the Steve Irwin Way Forest.While it's encouraging  and absolutely necessary such a significant factor is incorporated into the preparation of the final design, avoidance of the forest is really the only way impact will be minimised. An improved design for better conservation...

October 2016 E-News

October 2016 E-News

Bruce Highway Upgrade-campaign update

Caloundra Rd to Sunshine Motorway projectMinister for Main Roads, Mark Bailey MP unveiled the final design and tender for this project on the Sunshine Coast on Friday 16 September. The efforts of the Minister and the Main Roads project team and their willingness to engage with the community to listen to and address justified concerns has seen an innovative, Australian first design which is a significant improvement on previous versions. Minister Mark Bailey MP- briefing with environmental stakeholders One critical improvement is the reduction of...

Sekisui-what are they up to now?

When the Sunshine Coast Council rightly voted not to amend the newly minted Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme 2014 at the Council meeting of 27 April 2015  due to the proposal at the time by Sekisui House being so significantly in conflict with the planning scheme and community wishes, we knew that wouldn't be the end of itCome Ma 

e-Bulletin September 2016

September is.. Biodiversity Month  Biodiversity in all its complexity and wonder is to be celebrated and protected every day.  As we see our amazing natural world really on display during Spring, we can sometimes forget its tenuous status.  As Biodiversiy Month and Save the Koala Month, September is a time to take stock, take a closer look and take action to learn and help conserve life in all its its incredible diversity and forms. So when we learn that humans have destroyed a tenth of Earth’s remaining wilderness in the last 25 years and there may be...

Restoring Earth-The Film

Let’s get one of Australia’s most heated conflicts on the dinner table: let’s talk land clearing. From paddock to plate, more and more consumers are looking to know where their food comes from, and will be surprised to know that Australia ranks third among developed nations for land clearing globally. Land clearing has soared under reforms in Queensland, and now the NSW Government’s reforms to the Biodiversity Conservation Act could pave the way for a return to broad scale land clearing.Contrary to the pioneering philosophy that clearing the native landscape equals productivity, land clearing is responsible...