It's been a huge month with community action ramping up to save Yaroomba from Sekisui, the Queensland election approaching and landclearing rates at a crisis.We're so proud of our Sunshine Coast community uniting to protect the places we love so keep up the great work! Together we are unstoppable!
Sekisui: crunch time to save Yaroomba
Presentations were shown explaining what Sekisui House is really proposing for this sensitive beachfront site - a high density residential development with a small hotel component, NOT an ‘eco-tourism’ destination being touted in their advertising.
In another twist in the Sekisui saga, due to an administrative error on the part of Sekisui’s planners, all submissions lodged up to and including the 17th November now have to be re-dated, re-signed (if not electronically lodged) and re-sent to Council by 16 JANUARY 2018. That means if you made a submission prior to the 18 November you'll need to resubmit for it to be counted.
Council has advised it will notify all submitters that this is required if they wish to have their submissions properly accepted (and carry third-party appeal rights).
This public notification period to 16 January is currently the ONLY opportunity the community has to express their views on this significant development and its consequences.
One thing we can do right now, with the Queensland Election just days away, is put the spotlight on this land clearing crisis: greater community awareness of the problem will create more pressure on political parties to commit to stronger laws.
We encourage you to read these responses to gauge the position of the political parties or individual candidates on issues that matter to you. These responses and other election information can be seen on the OSCAR website.*
If you weren’t able to attend the forum or would like to re-live the excitement of the day you can watch the whole proceedings on Facebook here. Our thanks to OSCAR for this informative and well-run forum.
Party for the environment on election night!
Tickets: $10 at the door
There is no where else you would want to be on Election Night!
Election results will be streaming on the night! Food on sale and bar available.
Community Action Day Sunday 26 Nov
Container Refund Scheme & Plastic Bag Forum
To help you prepare, we'd like to invite you to a forum to discuss these opportunities. The Boomerang Alliance, who have been instrumental in the design of the CRS and bag ban, will be there to present and answer your questions.
When: Wednesday, November 29th 2017, from 6pm –7:30pm
Where: Nambour Community Centre, 2 Shearer St, Nambour
The forum is part of a statewide community education program aiming to inform on both new measures, but particularly to give community groups the opportunity to consider the value and potential of the CRS, and to discuss how local organisations can participate, either individually or in partnership with each other.
Yandina Creek Wetland officially opens
Queensland Environment Minister Steven Miles and UnityWater Chairman Jim Soorley officially opened the Yandina Creek Wetland on the Sunshine Coast. Unitywater bought the 191-hectare site last year as a green alternative to upgrading sewage treatment plants in the area. The site is former cane farming land and as part of Unitywater’s management of the site, flood gates will be opened to restore the area to a wetland.
Sunshine Coast Solar Farm wins award
The Sunshine Coast Solar Farm, which was officially switched on in July, has been recognised with a major award at the 2017 Planning Institute of Australia Awards for Planning Excellence (Queensland).
Have your say on future recreation within Inter-Urban break
We've campaigned to protect the values of the inter-urban break and from inappropriate development such as Halls Creek so please have your say on this survey by 27 Nov.
Have your say on plan for street trees
Sunshine Coast Council is inviting comment on its Draft Street Tree Master Plan, which will guide future street tree planting across the region to help shade and cool the region, and balance our built environment.
1000th Land for Wildlife partnership celebrated!
Eumundi residents Greg L’Estrange and Jenny Brice have become the 1000th landholder on the Sunshine Coast to ensure their property offers a home to local wildlife through the Land for Wildlife Program, launched in Queensland in 1998.
Coolum Coast Care 2018 Calendars
Support the work of Coolum and North Shore Coast Care by purchasing a 2018 calendar, now available for $10.00. Find out where to buy them here.
2 Dec – Yandina Community Garden - GARDEN TOUR with Dee Humphreys. Come along for an inspiring & informative tour of our gardens, on the first Saturday of each month. No bookings necessary. More info here.
2 Dec – Barung Landcare Association ‘Walks on the Wildside’, 8:45 for 9AM ramble @ Gheerulla Falls, Mapleton. For more info contact Raine 0412031880.
9 Dec - Yandina Community Gardens, 9:30am. As part of the Cultivating Sustainable Communities program, presenter Gayle Richens is holding a workshop to make your own wax-cloth wraps and say goodbye to gladwrap. Cost is $15 and bookings are essential through firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Dec, 8am, Kathleen McArthur Conservation Park - WPSQ End-of-year get together. Bird-spotting and wildflower walk with Paul and Rob of Faunawatch. Followed by BYO morning tea at 10am to share at the covered picnic table.
10 Dec, 4-8pm - Currimundi Catchment Care Group presents Lights on the Lake Community Festival, Crummunda Park, Wurtulla. Fun for all the family with a water parade of lit up kayaks/canoes, music & arts/crafts. To find out more contact Tony on email@example.com or 54388267.
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