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Earth Hour Unplugged

This Saturday 29 March come down to Cotton Tree Park and celebrate Earth Hour 2014 in style. The Sunshine Coast Environment Council is organising a fully unpowered, unplugged, torch lit, acoustic music spectacular on the banks of the Maroochydore River. BYO chairs and rugs to this free community event and join in a celebration of music, the coast, the environment and everything Earth Hour has come to represent. Join the event on facebook.    Featuring Gubbi Gubbi Dancers Rhythm Culture North Arm Marimba Band New World Rythm Offenbach String Trio   What: Earth Hour Unplugged Where: Cotton Tree Park When: Saturday...

Beerwah State Forest Off-road motorcycling facility: EOI documents

So, here's the information attached to the "Development and operation of an off-road motorcycling facility in the Mooloolah Logging Area (MLA), Beerwah State Forest" accessed under QTender.  Hardly broad community consultation with due consideration of alternative, more appropriate sites. SCEC maintains this is a good idea in the wrong place given the high environmental...

Beerwah State Forest: EOI for offroad motorsports facility-map

Here's a larger version of the map contained in the EOI information package (part of Attachment 1)

Motorsports proposal: Good idea in the wrong place says SCEC

09 March 2014 MEDIA RELEASE The region’s peak environment group says it remains in favour of a motorsports facility but the site identified by the state government is the wrong place. “Contrary to claims by Minister Dickson, the area known as the Mooloolah Logging Area within the Beerwah State Forest contains high environmental values which are vital for the region’s...

Beerwah State Forest under threat-updates

The Sunshine Coast Environment Council (SCEC) is concerned a significant part of the Beerwah State Forest may be earmarked for a motorsports precinct.“The state government appears to be pushing through yet another proposal under a veil of secrecy which will impact on important areas of the Sunshine Coast’s conservation and open space network” said SCEC spokesperson Narelle McCarthy.“We recognise motorsports are part of the many recreational opportunities offered by the region. However, there are potentially other, more appropriate sites...

Motorsports in Mooloolah Forest: update

 The state government appears to be unrelenting in their push for a motorsports precinct to be established in their pre-determined location of the Mooloolah Logging Area with the Beerwah State Forest.  The list of the environmental values of this area is long and certainly dispels the historical description of being an actively logged area or one which is "degraded"Diminishing riverine and floodplain ecosystems, wetland habitats including coastal & sub-coastal floodplain wet heath and  tree swamps are in this area, one of...

House Environment Committee to examine ‘green tape’

House Environment Committee to examine streamlining environmental regulation Thursday 27 February 2014 The House of Representatives Environment Committee will conduct an inquiry into streamlining environmental regulation, ‘green tape’, and one stop shops for environmental assessments and approvals. Committee Chair, Alex Hawke MP, welcomed the referral of this inquiry from the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP. “One of the keys to driving productivity in Australia is...

Sea Dumping Challenge Up and Running

North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) will today be filing its legal challenge to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA’s) decision to grant a permit for the dumping of 3 million cubic metres of dredge spoil in the GBR Marine Park and World Heritage Area. The application will be filed in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in Brisbane under the Environment Protection (Sea Dumping) Act 1981 by lawyers from the Environmental Defenders Office Queensland (EDO) acting for NQCC. The permit had been requested by North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation as part of its...

Australia’s environment minister could soon be above the law

27 February 2014, 6.23am AEST Earlier this month, a Senate inquiry paved the way for the Parliament to give Environment Minister Greg Hunt legal immunity against future legal challenges to his decisions on mining projects. If it passes… Author Gregory McIntyre  Adjunct Professor at University of Notre Dame     Disclosure Statement Gregory McIntyre does not work for, consult to, own...

Winners of the photo competition

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of our photo competition today. Our thanks goes out to all those who submitted images, many of which would have been equally deserving to take out the main prizes. You can check out all entries at our photo competition page. But the juries final verdict is this: Our natural Environment Winner- Karmen Luxmar Runner up- Genevieve Kane   Jellyfish in the morning sun (Peregian Beach)   Coastal Sheoak trees in the sunset (Peregian Beach)     People &...

Stand up for the environment

There are some very dark times ahead for our natural environment and those who care about it. Environmental protection measures that have taken years (indeed decades) to achieve are being unraveled in the space of months. If you're unaware of the extent of environmental roll backs that are under way this backgrounder gives a snapshot overview of just some of the decisions that have been made in the past 12 months. SCEC has been at the forefront of the fightback in Queensland working with other regional conservation groups as well as national and...

Lake Weyba saved-No NoW not ever!

Amongst the reeds at Lake Weyba-David S The local and wider community were elated and relieved by Sunshine Coast Council's decision to rightly refuse its part of the Noosa on Weyba (NoW) development application 8-3 at its Ordinary meeting on 30 January. It was clearly demonstrated this proposal was inappropriate on many levels.The applicant and those Councillors attempting to mount weak supportive agreements failed to convince the overriding conflicts could be resolved or conditioned. Significant conflicts with all planning instruments and intents, including the new draft Sunshine...