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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...

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...

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...

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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...

e-Bulletin March 2015

e-bulletin Scec, Earth Hour 2015 is less than a week away and our signature event Plates in a Paddock has been sold out! However, there will be 10 extra spaces available if the weather is good! If you would like to be added to the waiting list to be a part of this event please call the SCEC office at 0754415747. Those on the waiting list will be notified on March 27, the day before, if they will be added to the event. The evening is looking to be beautiful and unforgettable. There are a number of Earth Hour events happening around...

No time to waste on region’s waste!

Submissions recently closed on the Sunshine Coast Council Draft Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy- Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2015 – 2025Unfortunately, this strategy falls well short of where it should be given the realities of the situation and the opportunities that need to be harnessed for effective and contemporary waste management.See SCEC's submission and media releaseHere is the Draft Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy 2015-2025See the previous, more innovative Waste Minimisation Strategy 2009-2014

Draft Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy-SCEC submission

13 February 2015The Sunshine Coast Regional CouncilLocked Bag 72Sunshine Coast Mail Centre 4560WasteManagement@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.auDear Madam/SirThank you for the opportunity to make comment on the Sunshine Coast Council Draft Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy- Waste Reduction and Recycling Plan 2015 – 2025.The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) is the peak regional environmental advocacy group on the Sunshine Coast. Established in 1980, it currently represents 50 community groups working on conservation and sustainability...

“New Waste Strategy Falls Short” : SCEC

MEDIA RELEASE – 23 February 2015 New Sunshine Coast Waste Strategy Falls Short for “Australia’s Most Sustainable region” rhetoric The Sunshine Coast Council’s new draft Waste Strategy falls well short of community expectations, according to a submission prepared by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC). Trevor Lloyd, Director of respected consultancy firm Sustainability Queensland and a member of the Consultative Committee to Cabinet for Queensland’s first waste strategy in the early 1990’s, assisted SCEC with the review of the draft strategy....

e-Bulletin February 2015

e-bulletin ,Greetings from SCEC this February! What an election result! "Queensland to give hope to all of Australia"- didn't expect that?! Things are turning positive in our state and should give 2015 a refreshing start to the issues closest to us. Check out our campaign updates below to see what's been happening with Halls Creek, Sekisui House, the Mooloolah Logging area and our Climate Action Campaign. Speaking of Climate Action Earth Hour2015 is rapidly approaching (28 March 2015). This year Earth Hour Australia is focusing on climate change impacts on our farming community. To highlight the theme...

SCEC’s Environment rollbacks backgrounder-State election

ROLLBACKS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIONS & COMMUNITY RIGHTSIn the last few years, we’ve seen the following assaults on Queensland’s environmental laws: Environmental impact assessment laws changed to allow major development projects to undergo a weaker, shorter and less transparent impact assessment process.  Removal of the concept of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) from legislation protecting water resources and various environment and planning legislation.  Amendments to the...

SCEC’s Climate Change backgrounder-State election

 MEDIA BACKGROUNDER – 27 January 2015Climate Change Policy in the Sunshine State: Three Years LostTake Home MessageThe risks that climate change represents to Queensland’s economy and way of life, the economic benefits of the transition to a low carbon economy and the financial risk and dubious economics of the coal industry are now well documented and clear. Despite this, over the last three years the current Queensland Government has systematically unraveled...