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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

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...

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...

SCEC’s Planning & Development backgrounder-State election

MEDIA BACKGROUNDER: 27 January 2015 SCEC Election Issue- Planning & DevelopmentThe Sunshine Coast is a unique community because of the balance it has struck between preserving natural areas, for conservation, recreation and amenity, and urban areas, for residential, commercial and tourism purposes. Other communities elsewhere in Queensland (e.g. the Gold Coast or Townsville) have struck a different balance and created a different identity...

Election media release: SCEC calls out the LNP on the environment

The LNP State government’s environmental performance in their first term has been appalling according to the Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC), the environment sector’s peak body for the region which represents 50 community organisations and has thousands of individual supporters.SCEC’s concerns echo environmental groups across the State that policies to protect the outstanding natural environment...

A look at the Sekisui House proposal

These Google Earth Images clearly show just how visible Sekisui House will be from our beaches making short work of any claims that the development will be 'hidden by the dune profile'.The images were created by from elevation data and concept plans used by Sekisui House in its "consultation". We have replaced the 'artist impression' of each building with polygon covering the roof area which has been set to an altitude above ground level corresponding to the proposed number of storeys for each building (i.e. 10...

Don’t delay! Have your say on light rail routes

MEDIA RELEASE-SUNSHINE COAST COUNCILNovember 25, 2014 End of the line for public comment on light rail routesThe Sunshine Coast community has just a few more days to jump on board and have their say about the proposed light rail network route between Caloundra and Maroochydore.Transport portfolio councillor Rick Baberowsi said the opportunity to comment on the proposed light rail route options closes on Friday, November 28.“The response from the community has been outstanding. I...

Highrise still on cards as planning scheme meeting deferred

While the special meeting of Councillors to deliberate major amendments to the new planning scheme which could undo the overaching strategic framework to allow high rise at Yaroomba and elsewhere has been deferred from 01 December to an as yet to be set date in early 2015, the issue and concerns have not gone away.This has been released today by the...