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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...

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...

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...

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...

Land Clearing in Qld-free Sunshine Coast seminar

  JOINT MEDIA RELEASE7th April 2016Sunshine Coast Community Event- LAND CLEARING IN QUEENSLAND   With WWF-Australia, The Wilderness Society, the Sunshine Coast Environment Council and Environmental Defenders Office QldThe Sunshine Coast needs to stand up for reinstatement of stronger land clearing laws warn conservation groups and expert environmental lawyers.The Sunshine Coast Environment Council, in partnership with Environmental Defenders Office Qld, is hosting a special community consultation on land clearing on 13 April at the Lake...

e-Bulletin April 2016

Isn't time just flying! This month at SCEC we've been thick in the planning of World Environment Day festival and figuring out new ways to link the old with the new. This year's WED Festival is being held on Sunday 5 June at Cotton Tree Park. We felt it was time to take it back to where it all began, and give more of a focus to the efforts already underway in our region. We aim to recruit people who are currently a part of the problem, to become a part of the solution. As a lot of us...

Qld planning instruments-Have your say!

Three key State planning instruments open for your comment until 10 February These instruments protect key environment and community issues across Qld and dictate many features of Qld's planning framework. Please see more at EDO Qld