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e-Bulletin 28th March 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   28th March 2013 Happy Easter to all! Please consider how you celebrate however, and follow some of the  tips below: Remember rabbits are not a native to Australia, however Bilby's are, and when you buy a chocolate Bilby you will be donating to the 'Save the Bilby' fund. If you must buy chocolate make sure it has the 'Fair Trade' logo on it that way you know it is sustainablly sourced, guide here Look closely at the packaging: is it encased in foil, then hard plastic then cardboard, or more plastic? Less plastic...

Inquiry into the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

The Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee  has published a summary of the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 on its website.  The summary is available at: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/AREC/inquiries/current-inquiries/11-LandWaterOLA The committee welcomes written submissions on the Bill. The closing date for lodging submissions is Friday, 5 April 2012.  Public hearing for...

Comment on the Draft Rural Futures Strategy

Draft Rural Futures Strategy Council has recently released a Draft Rural Futures Strategy for public comment. The draft strategy provides a framework for supporting the growth and prosperity of the rural communities of the Sunshine Coast. It sets out a range of activities that will help strengthen and enhance the existing role of the Hinterland as an area of outstanding natural beauty and vitality, and as a location: for agriculture production as a tourism destination for a range...

Environmental Defenders Office opportunities to comment on law reform

Draft Management Plans for Commonwealth Marine Reserves open for comment until 14 February 2013 The draft management plans have been prepared under the EPBC Act and cover the South-west, North-west, North and Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network and the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve. The plans and further information is...

Senate Inquiry into the EPBC Amendment Bill 2012

Submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012 are due in this Friday 18 January 2013.  Everyone should write in to show that there is a need for independent assessment of projects that could impact our Matters of National Environmental Significance and that the Federal Government is required to hold those powers. Here are four reasons why this is important: 1....

A nuclear future?

The QLD Greens are organising an afternoon to discuss the recent reignition of the nuclear debate. SCEC executive officer Wiebe ter Bals will be one of the speakers examining the environmental cost of Nuclear energy across the lifecycle. Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Robin Taubenfeld will be the other key speaker. The event takes place at Kings Tavern in Caloundra on Sunday the 20th of January and will go from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Click here to few the flyer