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Queensland Vegetation Reforms

The Agriculture and Environment Committee recently handed down its report into the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016  (the VMROLA Bill)The Bill amends the vegetation management framework to reinstate many of the provisions which were in the Vegetation Management Act 1999 prior to the regressive changes made by the former Newman government in 2013.The Environmental Defenders Office Queensland explains the report and why we need to see this important Bill passed to restore reasonable and urgent vegetation protections.The Bill is expected to be debated during the mid-August parliamentary...

e-Bulletin August 2016

It's been a passion fuelled month here at SCEC, with marine and terrestrial species habitat taking priority on the issues front.. Shark nets during Humpback season…seriously? Earlier this week a Humpback Whale became entangled in a shark net just off Noosa Main Beach. Ironically this occurred while a group of school students were out on a boat doing a research project assessing the effectiveness of shark nets. This same incident occurred in 2013 in the same location almost exactly 3 years ago to the day, yet STILL nothing has been done to stop this cruel attempt at keeping...

Cash for Containers Update: A Great Leap Forward for Bottle and Can Litter Reduction and Recycling in Queensland

Environmental groups have welcomed the State Government’s decision...

Airport Expansion EIS: Coordinator-General report

Sunshine Coast Airport Expansion – Environmental Impact StatementRelease of Coordinator General’s reportThere has been significant  public discussion about the airport expansion project with it being a particularly 'hot topic' during the local government election campaign earlier in the year. While there has been reported support for the 'New Runway' and it is consistently referred to by the Mayor as a 'game-changer' and a feature of the Sunshine Coast Regional Economic Development...

State budget shines light on the environment

In the Queensland state budget handed down on 14 June, we saw some welcome allocations for the environment and the Environment Department itself receiving an 11% increase in necessary funding. This goes some way to restoring vital resourcing cut under the previous government.A representative of Queensland’s peak conservation group, the Queensland Conservation was in budget lock-down and provided the following summary of some of the key items relating to the environment and natural resource management and...

Cash for Containers comes closer for Queensland

Cash for Containers for the Sunny Coast! It’s not often we see bi-partisan support for good environmental policy unfortunately. As we know, the environment is too often politicised leaving it vulnerable to the consequences of a disastrous agenda. However, when it comes to introducing a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) for Queensland, there is no political divide. SCEC, community groups and local champions have been working alongside Boomerang Alliance to help progress a scheme...

Community Sustainability Action grants

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier ReefThe Honourable Steven Miles Celebrating community & the environment at WED16! Image Dean Swindell Budget delivers $12 million in Community Sustainability Action grants A new grants program to support environment, wildlife and heritage projects has been announced in the State Budget. Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Dr Steven Miles said $12 million would fund the Community Sustainability Action grants over three years. “The new grants program will...

e-Bulletin June 2016

We always knew the decision to take World Environment Day Festival back to Cotton Tree meant we would be at the mercy of the weather gods. With the east coast low lurking around the coast during the lead up to the celebration, to say that we were a tad nervous would have been an understatement. Luckily we had Channel 7 weather man and WED Speaker Livio Regano provide us with periodic weather updates, ensuring us that Sunday would indeed bring with it the sun. After two days of pre-festival set-up in the pouring rain, festival director and SCEC Coordinator Leah...

Update on landclearing bill

Recent reports and analyses have demonstrated the unsustainable upward trajectory of landclearing rates in Queensland.The Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced on 17 March by Deputy Premier The Hon Jackie Trad MP to address the escalating consequences of such high rates of vegetation loss while still allowing for productive and sustainable land use. This Bill is important to protect Queensland’s ecosystems and wildlife because it: reinstates the protection of high value regrowth on freehold and indigenous land; removes provisions which permit clearing applications for high value agriculture and irrigated agriculture; broadens protection...

Still time to act on vegetation laws!

The Agriculture & Environment Committee has extended the deadline for submissions on the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) Bill 2016  to Friday 29 April 2016! The learned folk at the EDO have prepared this helpful outline.You can also simply write a letter saying how you feel about restoring vegetation protections with these suggested key points to help get you started.Do let the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland  know you have sent one in by emailing edoqld@edoqld.org.au and visit the EDO website for more details. Good luck with your submissions! We hope these...

Landclearing seminar-presentations

The Sunshine Coast Environment Council - in association with the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland, WWF-Australia and The Wilderness Society-  recently held LawJam’s on vegetation management reformsThese informative presentations are now available EDO Qld’s presentation by Jo-Anne Bragg WWF-Australia’s presentation by Dr Martin Taylor The Wilderness Society’s presentation by Dr Tim Seelig Help protect our wildlife and ecosystems from broadscale clearing by doing a submission by 25 April!

Queensland’s vegetation management reform

Land clearing in Queensland has increased exponentially as a consequence of the Newman government's rollback of the Vegetation Management Act.  The rate, scale and type of broadscale clearing threatens our wildlife, our climate and the reef. A recent analysis by WWF-Australia showed an alarming 211,820 hectares of the bushland cleared in the period between 2012-2014 was habitat where 200 threatened species (139 plants and 61 animals) are known to occur or are likely to occur. This staggering loss included 40,312...