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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...

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...