We're excited to invite you to our upcoming annual fundraiser Drag Queen Bingo on Friday 10 November! It's a hilarious night out and tickets will sell out so get yours today and get ready to laugh.
A big congratulations to the Sunshine Coast community for taking part in the national day of action to Stop Adani and producing an incredible human sign!
There's been some big news this month with a delayed decision on the Maroochy rock wall, a Bill to ban property developer donations and a proposed coal mine for the Cooloola Coast. More on this below.
Council delays decision on Maroochy rock wall
Property Developer donations set to be banned
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has introduced a landmark bill banning property developers from donating to state and local politicians in the lead up to the next state election. Introduced on 12 October, the Local Government Electoral (Implementing Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 will retrospectively take effect from that day if the Bill is passed by parliament. This is an important step in ensuring our elected leaders are representing the interests of the community ahead of developers.
Public submissions are now open and this is your chance to have a say. Get your submission in by 2pm, Thursday 26 October 2017. A public briefing will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday 25 October. Find more details about the public briefing and how to send a submission here.
Roadworks go from Concept to Construction
While SCEC applauded the significant improvement in the design which includes an Australian first ‘double-diverging diamond’ and resulted in a reduction of 100ha clear in the Beerwah State Forest (Steve Irwin Way Forest) slated in the 2013 design to 6-8ha in the final design layout (May 2017), we didn’t forget about the ecological values set to be lost within the 7km area still captured in the project footprint.
This is why the dedication of an additional 745ha to the Mooloolah River National Park coming out of this project will always be so momentous.
SCEC remains appreciative of the genuine engagement so crucial to achieving this pivotal outcome by Minister for Main Roads Mark Bailey MP, Minister for National Parks Steven Miles MP and their respective departments.
The scale and impact of the works involved to deliver this $929.3M infrastructure project are hard to visualise when viewed two-dimensionally in project plans. However, the feeling of being in this magnificent forest, now one of the largest National Parks in the region covering an area 1670ha, is very real.
Coal mine pushes into the coast
NHC was not required to produce an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) for the Queensland Government because the stated extraction amount is below the threshold for an EIS. NHC’s own documents state that it will be expanded. A recent attempt by Mary River Catchment Co-ordinating Committee (MRCCC) to have the mine declared a ‘Controlled Action’ under the EPBC Act on the basis of a litany of threats posed to the Mary River and Great Sandy Strait Ramsar Site, was rejected by the Federal Environment Minister.
John Sinclair AO of Fraser Island Defenders Organisation (FIDO) declared the proposed mine is “the greatest threat to the integrity of Fraser Island World Heritage Area since it was given World Heritage status 25 years ago.”
Local group Great Sandy Strait Saviours (GSSS) together with FIDO formed a Consortium of community groups including SCEC to develop strategies to inform the public and stop this proposed mine. The Consortium will meet in early November. GSSS is planning to hold a concert in Noosa featuring local musicians in late November. Join the GSSS Facebook group to stay informed.
Cash for containers and plastic bag ban coming to QLD!
Sunny Coast stands up to #StopAdani
Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.
Saturday 4 November, 9am - Guided 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. Gold coin. Wear a hat and bring a water bottle.
28th October – Bee Open Day, Mary Valley College, Imbil. 10am – 3pm
29th of October – Batty Boat Cruise
27th October – Graves Creek Cleanup
28 – 29 October 2017 – Conscious Life Festival 9:30am – 5pm
12th November 2017 – Wallum Talk – 9:30am
16th of November 2017 - Bringing Native Plants Into Your Life with Eugene Bargo, 5-7pm. Keep an eye on the Noosa Landcare Facebook page
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