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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...

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...