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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...

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...

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...