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Zipline still a risk for Kondalilla National Park-SCEC

  The stunning Obi Obi Gorge where a zipline is proposed under the guise of 'eco-tourism' The region’s peak environmental advocacy group remains concerned the high conservation and scenic values of the Kondalilla National Park and its spectacular Obi Obi Gorge will be at risk from a proposed zipline.The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) maintains it is inappropriate and unnecessary to locate a commercial, adrenaline based...

Free seminar calls community to action on planning laws

13 July 2015MEDIA RELEASE   The Sunshine Coast community must act now and tell the state government to restore community objection rights to developments, says former Sunshine Coast environment councillor Keryn Jones.“Sunshine Coasters love their region and want to ensure that it is developed in a manner that protects the things that make it so special,” Ms Jones, now Sunshine Coast Environment Council President, said.“Good planning...

e-Bulletin July 2015

Sunshine Coast Environment Council What an amazing year we've had. We had kind of forgotten about some of it until we had to pull it all together for theannual report that was presented at the AGM on 18 June. More than 50 meetings with public and private sector parties where we represented the environment, 30 events attended by over 10,000 people, 129 media stories... wow! An enormous thank you to all the volunteers, donors, members and people who showed up to our events that have made this possible. An enormous vote of thanks also goes out to the 38 people...

e-Bulletin June 2015

Sunshine Coast Environment Council As always it's been another very busy month at SCEC culminating in the 36th World Environment Day Festivalon Sunday 7 June. It was another great day and we would like to salute festival coordinator Matt Dinneen for a sterling effort organising this years festival. On the campaign front there have been two positive developments. In the appeal against Councils decission to refuse development approval for the Noosa on Weybadevelopment, the Planning & Environment Court ruled against the developer in the preliminary stages of the appeal. The case is not over yet but this is an important...

Annual Report 2015

The annual report for the 2014/15 financial year was adopted at the Annual General Meeting on 18 June 2015. The report looks back on one of our busiest years to date with some great campaign successes and terrific growth in our support base.An enormous vote of thanks goes out to all the 105 volunteers who contributed over 3,200 hours of their time during the year. Without these willing workers SCEC would not be able to stand up for our environment in the way we have these past 12 months.Annual Report 2015 (web) 

e-Bulletin May 2015

Sunshine Coast Environment Council Dear Scec, If you have not already heard, the major news coming from SCEC is that Sekisui's plans have been halted by the overwhelming majority of our Councillors (more details below)! This decission sends a very clear message to all would be investors, you are welcome on the coast but only if you're willing to play by our rules. Thank you to everyone who has been supportive of this campaign it was people power that won the day. This campaign really benefited from our ability to show where supporters were from and to ask people in key...

People Power & the Planning scheme

LETTER TO EDITORThe decision by an overwhelming majority of Councillors to not make major changes to the planning scheme to accommodate Sekisui’s ill-conceived intensive development at Yaroomba clearly showed that the community has called it correctly all along.Key issues and recommendations raised in the Council officers’ 27 April report and during the council meeting debate to arrive at such a decisive and sensible vote validated the community’s justified concerns. The extent and implications of amendments which would have seriously compromised the new planning scheme, unacceptable visual and...

Community Unanimous-No Change to Town Plan

MEDIA RELEASE- 13 April 2015A packed community information forum at Coolum on Saturday voted unanimously to oppose any changes to the Sunshine Coast planning scheme that would allow for Sekisui’s proposal for intensive high rise development at Yaroomba Beach.“The capacity audience of 600 people from across the region is justifiably concerned about this inappropriate proposal for the sensitive beachfront of Yaroomba” said Keryn Jones, President of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, co-hosts of the event with local community...

PUBLIC INFO SESSION ON SEKISUI HOUSE PROPOSAL

MEDIA RELEASE- 07 AprilThe region’s peak environmental advocacy group, the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) will co-host a public information session with local community group Development Watch on Saturday 11 April from 2pm at the Coolum Civic Centre on the Sekisui House proposal at Yaroomba.“With the release of ‘revised concept plans’ by Sekisui House on which Council will soon consider a major planning scheme amendment, the community deserve an opportunity to learn more about what’s...

e-Bulletin April 2015

Sunshine Coast Environment Council   Welcome to the April e-Bulletin. We are experiencing some issues with our mail client so this bulletin does not use our standard theme template but we hope you'll find the information none the worse for it.   Thanks to everyone who attended, supported, volunteered and promoted Plates in a Paddock. We had an unforgettable night. Our volunteer photographer Steve White took some amazing photo's of the night which you can check our here. Plates in a Paddock once again highlighted the importance of running community events to our ability to connect with people from...

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Sekisui & the art of spin

  The 31 March deadline imposed on Sekisui House by the Sunshine Coast Council to provide a ‘revised concept plan’ following its community ‘consultation’ is just days away but the concern about the lack of transparency and blatant disregard of community sentiment about this proposal is not being allayed. A recent media report has Sekisui’s development manager claiming there is majority support for their high-rise mixed use development on sensitive beachfront land at Yaroomba. We know from extensive and importantly, transparent, community feedback drawn from a statisically valid ReachTel poll,  thousands of  emails and texts to Councillors,  community consultation session exit...