SCEC Archive

SCEC Strategic Plan 2013-2015

After months of discussions, deliberations, writing and editing the SCEC Management Committee has adopted a strategic plan which will guide the organisations activities for the next 3 years. The strategic plan seeks to continue the proud history of over 33 years of environmental advocacy work in the Sunshine Coast region whilst responding to changes in environmental threats, community demographics and campaign tools and methods. Click here to  download a copy of the SCEC Strategic Plan 2013-2015

Flying Foxes in Coolum

  The Sunshine Coast Council has received Federal approval under the EPBC Act to undertake non-lethal dispersal of the flying-fox colony in the Cassia Wildlife Corridor in Coolum.  The dispersal will be undertaken from dawn on Monday 22 July for approx. 10 days. Senior council staff, including conservation officers, fauna experts and wildlife carers will be on site and the process monitored as the dispersal action progresses during this period.  This is a very small window as the grey-headed flying fox (listed as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act) as the females are soon to enter their final trimester...

‘Places You Love’ Campaign

PLACES YOU LOVE CAMPAIGN- URGENT ACTION NEEDED   7TH JUNE 2013 Give the Federal Government the power to protect our national parks Our national parks protect some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, and provide critical habitat for our unique native plants and wildlife – many of them threatened. National parks are a central part of our work to conserve nature and biodiversity in Australia. Unfortunately right now, many state governments including Queensland are pushing to open up our national parks for cattle grazing, logging, tourist development, mining and other destructive practices for...

Obi Obi Zipline

OBI OBI ZIPLINE PROPOSAL FOR THE KONDALILLA NATIONAL PARK SCEC was invited to participate in the famil to view first-hand a zipline  operation in Tasmania . The following feedback was provided to the steering committee. Note: SCEC's participation in no way indicated support or endorsement of the proposal. It was  a 'fact-finding' mission to gain a better understanding of this activity to enable an informed position. SCEC FEEDBACK ON THE HOLLYBANK ZIPLINE EXPERIENCE – LAUNCESTON 26-28 May 2013 The opportunity to experience the zip line at Hollybank first-hand was appreciated. I consciously approached the famil without any particular pre-conceived idea of the operation. It was...

Protect the Pumicestone Passage Petition

THE TAKE ACTION FOR PUMICESTONE PASSAGE (TAPP) GROUP are concerned that the Pumicestone Passage is being damaged by over-use for recreational purposes. They are concerned that with the region's increasing population, and more planned for the future, the need to use the passage will increase even further. The Pumicestone Passage is a fragile, beautiful, unique area, with a variety of habitat and wildlife protected by Environmental Legislation, including international treaties. There are important fish breeding areas which sustain species used by both...

e-Bulletin 5th July 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   5th July 2013 Feel free to email us with feedback, your opinions are important. Local News   Wildlife Volunteers Association call for volunteers..   WILVOS are always there for our orphaned and injured Australian native wildlife, in an area spanning from Caboolture to Gympie, and out to Kingaroy and beyond.  WILVOS's 24/7 hotline (54416200) is manned by a group of dedicated volunteers, but with the extreme weather of late, domestic animal attacks and urban sprawl, they are now in need more.Training is given along with backup support  to all their phone roster volunteers. If you...

The Environment Levy

THE ENVIRONMENT LEVY IS TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT.. ISN'T IT? 7TH JUNE 2013 Budget deliberations are wrapping up so please contact your local councillors to let them know your views. Here are the contact details for the Councillors, CEO John Knaggs and Finance Director Greg Laverty 24TH MAY 2013 That the $250 000 (to start with!) to undertake these dispersal actions is coming out of the Environment Levy Major Initiatives & Catalyst Projects reserve will severely undermine the conservation outcomes the levy is clearly designed to achieve.  The Environment Levy policy  objectives clearly do not support the type of ad hoc non-aligned activity it is proposed to be siphoned...

Fight for the Reef Campaign

FIGHT FOR THE REEF CAMPAIGN 7TH JUNE 2013 The Great Barrier Reef is one of the natural wonders of the world. But it is under threat from the most widespread, rapid and damaging set of industrial developments in Queensland’s history. The Queensland Government is fast-tracking mega port developments, dredging and dumping of millions of tonnes of seabed and rock, and encouraging a shipping superhighway. What is the Queensland Government actually doing to the Reef? The Queensland Government has been watering down environmental protection and fast-tracking approvals for ports and LNG plants along the...

NICA Ecoflicks winners for 2013

Pictured are the winners for NICA's Ecoflicks 2013 screened and announced at World Environment Day on June 9th. Under 18- Winner- Harry Mark "Getting Away from the City"  Under 18- 2nd Place- Morgan Cruice "What Did the Fish Do to You"  OPEN- Henry Glover "Lucky"  OPEN 2nd Place Coolum Coastcare "Spinifex Stars"  Year of the Water Award- Ian Mackay "Yabba's Sad Secret"  Peoples Choice Award- Insingc Choir sing "Big Yellow Taxi" Congratulations to all the winners for your efforts.

e-Bulletin 7th June 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   7th June 2013 Feel free to email us with feedback, your opinions are important. Local News   World Environment Day 9th June @ the University of the Sunshine Coast from 10am- 4pmWell we are almost there and although its a mad house we are full of excitement (and hoping for a sunny day). Don't forget we will be selling 200 bales of hay @ $3 each, which must be picked up from 4.00pm. If interested please contact us on info@wed.org.au or ph: 5441 5747.  Follow the links to check out the new Website to view the program...

e-Bulletin 24th May 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   24th May 2013 Feel free to email us with feedback, your opinions are important. Local News   World Environment Day 9th June @ the University of the Sunshine Coast from 10am- 4pmplanning is well under way and the office is abuzz with excitement. Follow the links to check out the new Website and like us on FaceBook page. As with all successful events, they would not be possible without a wonderful team of volunteers. We are still looking for volunteers for set-up on Saturday and a range of jobs on the Sunday, so if you would like to...

Say ‘NO’ to CSG in Australia

The livelihoods and wellbeing of communities and their environments are being directly affected by the exploration and extraction of Coal Seam Gas (CSG). We ask for Federal Government action to take responsibility for our land, water and climate by banning  CSG in Australia. Read more and sign the petition here