November Eco News - 16/11/2023

Welcome to November's Edition of Eco News

In this edition, read about:

  • SCEC News
  • SCEC Events
  • Member Group Events 
  • Other Group Events
  • Latest News
  • Resources & Reports
  • HAVE YOUR SAY (Make a submission & Sign a petition)
  • Helping SCEC (Donate, host a fundraiser etc.)

Please feel free to share Eco News with your family and friends and encourage them to sign up to our newsletter.


  • SCEC will be presenting at the Australian Citizen Science Association, at the University of the Sunshine Coast on November 23.
  • Watch this space, SCEC is updating our website, coming soon
  • Feel free to come by our office at 35 Howard Street Nambour

SCEC Events

  • Green Drinks, held every second Thursday of the month - check out SCEC's event page for more information!

Member Group Events 

Come and participate in workshops, excursions, and conferences hosted by the Australian Citizen Science Association at the University of the Sunshine Coast from November 20–24.

A presentation by SCEC is scheduled for November 23.

Learn how to use iNaturalist from experts, get to know the local wildlife, meet the locals and discover species new to science in the Sunshine Coast area. Bonus Bioblitz Day! 

Register Here

Other Events 

Latest News


Containers for Change

To support Queensland's transition towards becoming a zero-waste society, from 1 November, glass wine and pure spirit bottles can be returned for a 10-cent refund through Containers for Change...Read more

Grow It Local

Are you looking to participate more in your community and put that green thumb to good use? The Queensland Government is supporting Grow It Local, an organisation that aims to get more Queenslanders growing their own food, reducing food waste and connecting with other gardeners... Read more


ZEN Inc. seeks your support with some exciting Projects:

If you would like to get involved, please phone or email Vivien Griffin - 0407116105 or Geoff Acton - 0409 622 987 for more details.


Resources & Reports


With the Sunshine Coast region having the second highest car ownership per household in Australia behind Perth, SCEC is supportive of a sustainable, integrated public transport network to reduce car dependency, emissions and congestion and to help facilitate mode shift.

We are, however, concerned with proposed fixed liner infrastructure along the Alex-Maroochydore section of the coastal stretch as this will potentially encroach into the coastal environments, dunal systems and active beach zones in highly erosive 'pinch points' triggering a sea wall. Light pollution and increasing sky glow and noise close to and within these coastal areas would be detrimental to marine life, such as the endangered logger head turtle.

As we strive to maintain our 'community of communities,' appropriate and well-located public transport options contribute to improved environmental outcomes and amenity. This doesn't mean poorly designed high-rise over-development. Ecologically sustainable incremental density and climate responsive  designs in appropriate locations to support public transport uptake must incorporate good sustainable design elements with green space, decent set-backs for deep street tree planting for shade and walkability and provide urban biodiversity.


We need your support to continue advocating for better environmental policies, back local groups on vital campaigns, and encourage positive climate action.

Sunshine Coast, there are a variety of ways for you to participate to help make a difference, which include the following:

Become an Associate Member

SCEC relies on the generous support of people like you to fund our work to protecting the Sunshine Coast's beautiful wildlife and natural places. SCEC Associate Members are people who share and support our vision of an ecologically sustainable world. You can help us continue our work by becoming an associate member today for just $50 per year.

Become a Member Today

Be a Containers for Change SCEC donor

When taking your eligible recyclable containers to a container refund point you can donate the proceeds to SCEC by using our member number (C10007101) – that’s twice the impact for the environment!

Glass wine and spirit bottles from 150ml to 3L are now accepted for a 10-cent refund at container refund points across Queensland...Read more

Check out more ways to get involved by visiting our website!

Donate to SCEC

Together we can protect and conserve the beauty of our natural world.

Ben, Narelle and the environment of the Sunshine Coast region says thank you for your efforts.

If you have any questions, please contact us on 07 5441 5747, or come in for a visit at 35 Howard Street, Nambour.

SCEC acknowledges that we live, work, learn and create on Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi and Jinibara People Country and recognise and respect the strength, resilience and capacity of Australia's First Nations People. SCEC pays respect to Elders past and present and acknowledges sovereignty was never ceded.
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