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e-Bulletin November 2015

SCEC has been rather busy in the lead up to the UN Climate talks taking place in Paris this week. On Wednesday 25th November, Narelle and Leah attended the Queensland Climate Adaptation Strategy workshop at QUT in Brisbane. Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Steven Miles, who has also completed Climate Reality training, announced he would be attending the conference. Stay tuned on the outcomes of the Paris conference through the Climate Councils website.Later Wednesday evening, management committee member Natalie Martin-Booker hosted a film screening fundraiser of ‘This Changes Everything’ at the Maleny Community...

Maroochydore Sands proposal

SCEC acknowledges there are environmental considerations which we raise in our submissionWe also understand there are other impacts that must be addressed. We are actively engaged in all manner of developments & projects that have significant, irreversible environmental impacts in efforts to ensure the Sunny Coast's environment & lifestyle is protected & enhanced. Caloundra Sth, Palmview, the Meridan Plains sandmine-over 700ha to name a few.SCEC always advocates on behalf of the community from an informed position. We are also heavily involved in advocating on the State's draft planning legislation (subs also closing 23...

Mooloolah Logging Area-an ecological snapshot

MOOLOOLAH LOGGING AREA (within the Beerwah State Forest) Is located on the south-eastern site of Ewen Maddock Dam and forms four islands of vegetation divided by the Steve Irwin Way and Bruce Highway with a total area of approximately 880 hectares (ha). This is the only sizable stand of native forest in the Beerwah State Forest as the remaining 4500ha is made up of pine plantation. The largest parcel is 534 ha between Steve Irwin...

Decades of environmental planning reform rolled back

In 1997 the Integrated Planning Act was passed and represented a major shift in Queensland planning law, moving from a prescriptive approach to “performance based” assessment of development impacts. Since then, the IPA underwent numerous minor amendments until the last big over-haul of the planning system resulted in the reincarnation of IPA as the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (SPA).  Among other refinements, SPA for the first time specifically...

e-Bulletin October 2015

SCEC is very excited to announce that we have filled the coordinator position and will be welcoming Leah Hays to the SCEC team as our new coordinator starting next week. Leah has a bachelor of environmental science and has been working with environmental organisations in the Byron Bay area as well as leading a team of volunteers on an elephant conservation project in Sumatra. An enormous vote of thanks goes out to all those who participated in the Climate Change Relay on 26 September. We didn't quite get the number we hoped we would so we are...

Ecotourism Plan review

National Parks Association Queensland and SCEC understands the Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2013-2020 which relies heavily on protected areas, including the Kondalilla National Park, is being reviewed to reflect current State Government policies.NPAQ and SCEC will provide links to the revised Plan when it is available.SCEC again raised concerns in this earlier media release: Zipline still a risk for Kondalilla National Park  

SCEC meets Minister on interchange impacts

Standing for hundreds of years, an old growth blackbutt is flagged for clearing in the project footprint SCEC has been encouraged by a recent meeting with Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey, senior Transport and Main Roads (TMR) staff and representatives from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing regarding the Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway upgrade.Minister Bailey was generous with his time and is receptive to SCEC’s concerns relating...

What Can We Do to Protect Koalas in Queensland?

  LawJam 17 Presentations-  09 September 2015 Hosted by the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDOQ) and the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) Held at Lake Kawana Community Centre     That was the question we put to a panel of highly koala-fied experts. And it's a question we asked you, as we continue to slug out some solutions to the crisis gripping koala populations in Queensland, and hammer out a plan of action! Continue...

e-Bulletin September 2015

Less than 10 days to go until our second Climate Change Relay takes place (Sat 26 September). The timing of the event has taken on new significance with the recent change of Prime Minister. We have a great opportunity to send a strong message via local members Mal Brough, Warren Truss and Clive Palmer that Australians everywhere want decisive action based on Climate Change. If you haven't already done so please invite your friends and family to our facebook event so we can reach as many people as possible. We are organising a free screening of Merchants of Doubt in...

The Climate Change Relay Schedule

This year the relay will have two starting points, Sunshine Beach at the northern end (departing at 10:30am) and Kings Beach at the southern end (departing at 12:15pm) two legs both finish at Cotton Tree right on sunset (5:45pm). Click here to RSVP for the Climate Change Relay.At the finish we'll be organising a barbeque and a free screening of the award winning documentary 'Merchants of Doubt' which will be introduced by John Cook author of the climate website Skeptical Science. Click here to RSVP for Merchants of...

e-Bulletin August 2015

e-bulletin There is lots of exciting news this month. If you haven't heard yet, we are recruiting! If you've ever thought 'wouldn't it be great to work for SCEC' then now is your chance. We are looking for a passionate, creative and organised person to take on the role of SCEC coordinator. Visit our website for full details. The Climate Action team has just released the schedule for the 2015 Climate Change Relay and already rsvp's are coming in. Mark Saturday 26 September in your diary and join us for the second iteration of this great event. We...

WED Raffle Winners

SCEC is delighted to announce these people as the winners of the 2015 WED Raffle. We sincerely thank everyone who participated in the Raffle and the Trivia Night.Winners of the 2015 WED Raffle: 1st Prize- 2.o kW Solar System from Accord Electrical Frank Marriot (Ticket 1222) 2nd Prize- 2 Nights at Eumarella Shores Resort Greg Oehlman (Ticket 0656) 3rd Prize- 2 Nights at O'Reilly's Resort Kerri Towers (Ticket 1701) 4th Prize- Large Bowl by Michael Pugh Helen Crook (Ticket 0446) 5th Prize- Print by Gary Myers Christine Bennett (Ticket 0001) 6th Prize- Print by Gary Myers Michelle McInnes (Ticket 0010) 7th Prize- Print...