Population growth a major impact on the region's natural environment 

Urbanisation and its associated infrastructure has been responsible for considerable losses in vegetation, habitat, flora and fauna species, particularly in the wallum heathlands of the coastal floodplains and lowlands. 

SCEC's activities and advocacy in planning centres on ensuring there is ecologically sustainable development and avoids inappropriate development in areas of conservation value and on the floodplains. We advocate for climate responsive design and underpinning sustainable design principles to be incorporated in all developments - large or small, and provide submissions on development applications. SCEC also actively contributes to planning legislation reform and instruments such as the Sunshine Coast Planning Scheme and the SEQ Regional Plan.