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e-Bulletin 19th July 2013

19th July 2013 From the SCEC desk.. Welcome to our first E-Bulletin for July and what a busy month it is already shaping up to be. We hope you like our new newsletter format and of course feel free to give us feedback by emailing us here. In the past 6 months we have been giving SCEC an internal overhaul and looking at ways to make our operations run more efficiently with our limited resources. Our wonderful Management Committee have put together a Strategic Plan that will take SCEC into the future and operate in a more sustainable fashion....

SCEC Strategic Plan 2013-2015

After months of discussions, deliberations, writing and editing the SCEC Management Committee has adopted a strategic plan which will guide the organisations activities for the next 3 years. The strategic plan seeks to continue the proud history of over 33 years of environmental advocacy work in the Sunshine Coast region whilst responding to changes in environmental threats, community demographics and campaign tools and methods. Click here to  download a copy of the SCEC Strategic Plan 2013-2015

Flying Foxes in Coolum

  The Sunshine Coast Council has received Federal approval under the EPBC Act to undertake non-lethal dispersal of the flying-fox colony in the Cassia Wildlife Corridor in Coolum.  The dispersal will be undertaken from dawn on Monday 22 July for approx. 10 days. Senior council staff, including conservation officers, fauna experts and wildlife carers will be on site and the process monitored as the dispersal action progresses during this period.  This is a very small window as the grey-headed flying fox (listed as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act) as the females are soon to enter their final trimester...

Stradbroke Island Sandmining

  A report on last nights ABC 7.30 Report revealed confidential documents obtained by the ABC showed that the State Government intended to change legislation to allow sand mining at the Enterprise mine to continue beyond its current closure date of 2019. This apparently had been done without consultation with the Quandamooka people, who have native title over the area in question. The peak environmental groups have put out a media release strongly condemning the State Governments position.

Protect the Pumicestone Passage Petition

THE TAKE ACTION FOR PUMICESTONE PASSAGE (TAPP) GROUP are concerned that the Pumicestone Passage is being damaged by over-use for recreational purposes. They are concerned that with the region's increasing population, and more planned for the future, the need to use the passage will increase even further. The Pumicestone Passage is a fragile, beautiful, unique area, with a variety of habitat and wildlife protected by Environmental Legislation, including international treaties. There are important fish breeding areas which sustain species used by both...

Obi Obi Zipline

OBI OBI ZIPLINE PROPOSAL FOR THE KONDALILLA NATIONAL PARK SCEC was invited to participate in the famil to view first-hand a zipline  operation in Tasmania . The following feedback was provided to the steering committee. Note: SCEC's participation in no way indicated support or endorsement of the proposal. It was  a 'fact-finding' mission to gain a better understanding of this activity to enable an informed position. SCEC FEEDBACK ON THE HOLLYBANK ZIPLINE EXPERIENCE – LAUNCESTON 26-28 May 2013 The opportunity to experience the zip line at Hollybank first-hand was appreciated. I consciously approached the famil without any particular pre-conceived idea of the operation. It was...