SCEC Archive

24hrs of Reality-Climate Reality

    Beginning at 11am PST on October 22, former Vice President Al Gore and the The Climate Reality Project will stop the clock for a full 24hrs to focus the world's attention on the greatest challlenge of our time:  climate change driven by carbon pollution.    With our global broadcast 24 Hours of Reality: The Cost of Carbon, we'll bring together artists, scientists, celebrities, economists, and other experts to explore the many ways we're all paying for carbon pollution in our daily lives-wherever we may live-and how...

Environment & its protection continues decline

    This week more legislative rollbacks necessary to protect an increasingly fragile environment have been pushed through state Parliament.   A raft of amendments are being passed under the Nature Conservation & Other Legislation Bill (No 2) 2013.  Citing expected economic benefits from reducing environmental assessments & its supporting framework, the govt puts out the line that this doesn't mean a reduction in environmental standards. Unfortunately, there is little evidence this will be the...

e-Bulletin 27th September 2013

27th September 2013 From the SCEC desk.. A very big thank you to all those group representatives who attended SCEC's very first, 'Member Group Round Table'. It was a huge success and a great opportunity to share ideas and network, so far the feedback has been very positive. We look forward to having many more in the future. Check out this weeks thought provoking and inspiring Q & A, with very special guest David Suzuki. View  here  before it expires. With the dryness, heat and strong winds around at the moment,...

Boost for Coast conservation!

  The welcome recent purchases of high value conservation areas with the Environment Levy demonstrate the importance of having dedicated funds for such strategic acquisitions. SCEC congratulates Council on their work and commitment in identifying and securing these parcels to significantly boost the region's  biodiversity and natural amenity See details on the Mt Ninderry parcel here..EL_factsheet_Mt_Ninderry_Reserve Aug13 and info on moregreat outcomes delivered through the Environment Levy http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=el-land-acquisition  

More environmental legislation rollbacks

                Submissions & hearings have been held into the Nature Conservation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2013. The Nature Conservation Act (NCA) is yet another piece of vital environmental legislation to face the Newman govt heavy hand to an increasingly fragile and vulnerable environment.  SCEC Submission- NC & other Legislation Amendment Bill (No.2) 2013 and the Hearing transcripts See further detail (all submissions & background to the Bill) here The Committee are now...

Flying-foxes targeted for dispersal again

  The flying-fox camp at Coolum had a reprieve from planned dispersal actions recently following the identification of heavily pregnant females. This time, the important roost at Tepequar Drive, Maroochydore is the next site for dispersal actions following the poor decision by Council to pursue this highly questionable approach to the management and conservation of a Federally listed and ecologically significant species. There is an opportunity to comment on the referral under the EPBC Act and we encourage you...

Yandina Quarry Update

  The No Blasted Quarry Campaign continues as the trial date has been postponed to November.      The postponement is to allow enough time for all parties to engage the appropriate experts with regard to the issue of the proposed Sunshine Coast Airport runway & flight path being directly overhead the proposed quarry site! Whilst the Legal teams work on the legalities, the team at No Blasted Quarry continue with the fundraising as the postponement will increase the expected costs for the Community. Please join us at our fundraising events in October and support your community ; go to www.quarryfight.com.au...

Airport expansion deal could fast-track species loss

    Photo: John Burrows   The survival of endangered and vulnerable flora and fauna such as the Emu Mountain She-oak and the wallum  on the Sunshine Coast Airport site has  just become even more tenuous with exemptions under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.  It seems the only law now standing between endangered vegetation and the bulldozers is the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) Act....

Noosa on Weyba

 De-Amalgamation and Noosa on Weyba from SCEC Member Group 'Friends of Lake Weyba'  The Sunshine Coast Regional Council has written to the State Government proposing that the new Noosa Shire Council be appointed assessment manager of the controversial development proposal, known as "Noosa on Weyba" which straddles the boundries of both local governments. Council stated the obvious; the majority of the site is within the Noosa boundries; the development effectively represents and expansion of Noosa's urban footprint; any future residents, should this outrageous proposal be approved, would predominantly utilise networks and services in the Noosa area, Sunshine Coast Regional Council are applauded for their reasoned, balanced...

What’s next for the Sunshine State? Uranium says the govt

  In the space of the last 48 hours, the Queensland government has released its 30 Year Electricity Strategy Discussion Paper where it says; The challenge of nuclear energy (Discussion Paper pg 20) The Queensland Government does not see any need for nuclear energy in Queensland. Queensland has abundant, low cost energy resources such as coal and gas and, with falling electricity demand, will unlikely...

Election Guides-Environment, Climate Change & Renewewables

Here's a message we'd like to share from 350.org Dear Friend, Frustrated with the prospect of voting for the least worst choice at the upcoming election? What happened to voting for something rather than against something? How is it that, despite the best efforts of so many, both inside and outside of politics, action on climate change is proceeding at a glacial pace?...

Queensland Ecotourism Plan 2013-2020 released

              While SCEC is currently reviewing the Plan (view here), concerns remain regarding the potential impact on the conservation values of our few National Parks and commercialisation of public lands. There is an apparent disregard for community wishes with currently little to no opportunity for the community to examine or be consulted on proposals that come through via Expressions of Interest (closing 27 September) .  The ‘process’ is more a...