Urbanisation driven by population growth has had a major impact on the natural environment of the Sunshine Coast.
Large areas of land have been cleared to make room for housing developments (much of this was Wallum, an ecological community unique to coastal area in South East Queensland). Roads and other infrastructure have further fragmented remnant vegetation areas with a significant impact on flora and fauna species.
Through our ‘Planning Issue’ campaign SCEC seeks to protect the natural environment on the Sunshine Coast from inappropriate development and urban sprawl. Our activities under this campaign include contributing to the development of local and regional planning instruments (such as the draft SEQ Regional Plan) and monitoring planning and development issues that are of current concern within the region.
SCEC seeks to engage directly with developers to raise our concerns prior to the finalisation of a development application and where possible resolve concerns through a collaborative approach. In cases where we are unable to resolve our concerns before a development application is submitted, SCEC will use the public submission opportunities in the development assessment process to ensure adequate environmental protection standards are maintained.