SCEC Archive

Yandina Quarry Update & Event

  "No Blasted Quarry" Campaign   The Yandina Creek Progress Association (YCPA) has been fighting hard to stop a MEGA Quarry being built in Coolum's backyard.  As many of you know, the Council rejected an application from Parklands Blue Metal Pty Ltd to quarry a beautiful area in Verrierdale/Yandina Creek.  The developer has appealed the Council's decision in the Planning & Environment Court. The YCPA has been raising funds for our own legal representation through all sorts of FUNdraisers.   The Trial was scheduled to begin on July 22, however as the new issue...

e-Bulletin 16th August 2013

From the SCEC desk.. Another busy month with lots on for August/September so enjoy the read below. Please feel free to give us feedback  by emailing us here. Follow us on facebook to receive ongoing updates about conservation issues on the Sunshine Coast and throughout Australia, sustainability stories from around the world and all other things green and inspiring. SCEC is funded by the generous donations from people like you. Please support the work we do and help us preserve the environment we love. From the campaigners desk cam·paign /kamˈpeɪn/work in an organised and active...

Threats to National Parks

SCEC joined with National Parks Association Queensland & Ian Mackay as guests of the Noosa Parks Association highlighting the concerning agenda which is exposing what precious little National Park have in Queensland to a range of threats. Here's the Noosa News article

State planning rollbacks

This is a "growth at all costs" landscape. Enough.. The state government has pushed through another raft of rollbacks under the misnomer of "reform" While SCEC is in the process of fully assessing the consequences of these changes, it is evident that the some of the last remaining environmental provisions in the Vegetation Management Act (which was all but dismantled earlier this year) are gone. The community needs to stand up in the face of this unrelenting and misguided growth agenda which is leaving a legacy of environmental and social destruction. Hardly the "prosperous" future being...

NPAQ Petition for National Parks

National Parks in Queensland are currently facing many challenges. National Parks Association of Queensland has established a petition on the link below. http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/no-cattle-grazing-in-queensland-national-parks Please visit this site and register your support for our National Parks.

Places You Love update

In the lead up to the September Federal Election, we need you to speak up for the places you love by telling the major political parties that final environmental approval powers cannot be trusted in the hands of the states. The laws that protect the places you love in Australia are under threat like never before, but you have the power to say what happens next. State governments in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria already have our cherished national parks and nature reserves in their sights and are systematically weakening state planning laws that allow damaging practices like...

Save Steve Irwin Way Forest

Stage 1: Bruce Hwy Upgrade Project (Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway) The proposed  Stage 1: Bruce Hwy Upgrade Project (Caloundra Road to Sunshine Motorway) represents significant impact to the remnant forest on the Steve Irwin Way. Old growth habitat trees would be destroyed and threatened fauna & flora species lost.  This is one of the few remaining remnant forests in this part of the coast. If this project proceeds with current design it will forever destroy an important part of  the Sunshine Coast's biodiversity & natural beauty leading to localised extinctions. While recognisng...

Growing Beaches Forum

  The Sunshine Coast Council, Coolum Coast Care & SEQ Catchments recently hosted the annual Growing Beaches Forum in Maroochydore. It was an important & timely event where the science of coastal dynamics and ecology were presented.  It is evident that the Sunshine Coast is increasingly vulnerable to climate change, more extreme weather events and sea level rise. While the case for carefully managed beach nourishment under specific conditions was discussed, it is still short-term & costly. What is clearly evident is there is no case for hard infrastructure such as rock walls within dynamic and sensitive coastal systems.Defend,...

Places You Love

PLACES YOU LOVE The Places You Love campaign, of which SCEC is an alliance member, has achieved some positive gains in retaining environmental protection. By signing petitions, sending the Prime Minister postcards and spreading the word on social media, you are making a difference. Thank you for standing up for the places and wildlife you love. The new Federal Environment Minister Mark Butler has clearly heard that federal control of approval powers should be retained and committed to this in his announcement. Prime Minister Rudd’s statements in his speech to the National Press Club which specifically only mentioned assessment bilateral arrangements (Federal/State assessment process) which encouraged keeping...

e-Bulletin 2nd August 2013

2nd August 2013 From the SCEC desk.. Another busy month with lots on for August so enjoy the read below. If you missed viewing SCEC's Strategic Plan that will take us into the future and operate in a more sustainable fashion., you can see it  here. We hope you like our new newsletter format and of course feel free to give us feedback by emailing us here. Follow us on facebook to receive ongoing updates about conservation issues on the Sunshine Coast and throughout Australia, sustainability stories from around the world and all other things green and...

Stradbroke Island Sandmining

  A report on last nights ABC 7.30 Report revealed confidential documents obtained by the ABC showed that the State Government intended to change legislation to allow sand mining at the Enterprise mine to continue beyond its current closure date of 2019. This apparently had been done without consultation with the Quandamooka people, who have native title over the area in question. The peak environmental groups have put out a media release strongly condemning the State Governments position.

e-Bulletin 19th July 2013

19th July 2013 From the SCEC desk.. Welcome to our first E-Bulletin for July and what a busy month it is already shaping up to be. We hope you like our new newsletter format and of course feel free to give us feedback by emailing us here. In the past 6 months we have been giving SCEC an internal overhaul and looking at ways to make our operations run more efficiently with our limited resources. Our wonderful Management Committee have put together a Strategic Plan that will take SCEC into the future and operate in a more sustainable fashion....