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e-Bulletin 10th May 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   10th 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...

‘Don’t Bring Back the Bulldozers’

A big push this week is absolutely vital if we are to have any chance of having an impact on the report from the SDII parliamentary committee due to be tabled on 14 May 2013. As we move into the last two weeks of this short sharp campaign to try to stop – or at the very least slow down – the changes to the Vegetation Management Act, there is a new page on Facebook that we need people to like and share with their ‘friends’, check...

Qld Vegetation Laws Under Threat-HSI

A message from the Humane Society International: On the 20th March the Queensland Minister for Natural Resources and Mines introduced the Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill, 2013 to Parliament, and it is currently under consideration by the State Development, Infrastructure and Industry Committee. This Bill represents one of the largest environmental rollbacks in Australian history and is a clear breach of an election promise make by Premier Campbell Newman that " the LNP will retain the current level of statutory vegetation protection". Just over...

e-Bulletin 26th April 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   26th April 2013 Feel free to email us with feedback, your opinions are important. Local News   Planning for World Environment Day is full speed ahead and getting very exciting. Follow the links to check out the new Website and FaceBook page. As with all successful events, they would not be possible without a wonderful team of volunteers.If you would like to volunteer at World Environment Day, learn new skills, have fun with like minded people and be proactive in educating the community about sustainable living choices then got to our volunteer page or E: info@wed.org.au  Stockland...

Comment on the Draft State Planning Policy

The Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jeff Seeny has released the draft State Planning Policy (draft SPP) for public consultation. The Queensland Government is committed to establishing a new approach to state planning policies that simplifies and clarifies state interests. The draft SPP sets out policies on matters of state interest in planning and development, and provides a key framework of the government's broader commitment to planning reform. Public consultation closes on Wednesday...

e-Bulletin 12th April 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   12th April 2013 Feel free to email us with feedback, your opinions are important. Local News      Keep Australia Beautiful:Beverage Container Recycling Grants Applications are now open for a community grant of up to $10,000 for local projects that will help increase the recycling of beverage containers. For more info go here. SCEC is proud to now be part of the 'Places You Love' campaign.Take action to protect our environmental laws and send a message to Minister Bourke here. Discounting for developers is welfare, says LGA chief: SC Daily Bill Hoffman 11/04/2013DISCOUNTS on...

e-Bulletin 28th March 2013

Welcome to the SCEC E-Bulletin   28th March 2013 Happy Easter to all! Please consider how you celebrate however, and follow some of the  tips below: Remember rabbits are not a native to Australia, however Bilby's are, and when you buy a chocolate Bilby you will be donating to the 'Save the Bilby' fund. If you must buy chocolate make sure it has the 'Fair Trade' logo on it that way you know it is sustainablly sourced, guide here Look closely at the packaging: is it encased in foil, then hard plastic then cardboard, or more plastic? Less plastic...

Inquiry into the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

The Agriculture, Resources and Environment Committee  has published a summary of the Land, Water and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2013 on its website.  The summary is available at: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/AREC/inquiries/current-inquiries/11-LandWaterOLA The committee welcomes written submissions on the Bill. The closing date for lodging submissions is Friday, 5 April 2012.  Public hearing for...

Comment on the Draft Rural Futures Strategy

Draft Rural Futures Strategy Council has recently released a Draft Rural Futures Strategy for public comment. The draft strategy provides a framework for supporting the growth and prosperity of the rural communities of the Sunshine Coast. It sets out a range of activities that will help strengthen and enhance the existing role of the Hinterland as an area of outstanding natural beauty and vitality, and as a location: for agriculture production as a tourism destination for a range...

Environmental Defenders Office opportunities to comment on law reform

Draft Management Plans for Commonwealth Marine Reserves open for comment until 14 February 2013 The draft management plans have been prepared under the EPBC Act and cover the South-west, North-west, North and Temperate East Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network and the Coral Sea Commonwealth Marine Reserve. The plans and further information is...

Senate Inquiry into the EPBC Amendment Bill 2012

Submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Retaining Federal Approval Powers) Bill 2012 are due in this Friday 18 January 2013.  Everyone should write in to show that there is a need for independent assessment of projects that could impact our Matters of National Environmental Significance and that the Federal Government is required to hold those powers. Here are four reasons why this is important: 1....

A nuclear future?

The QLD Greens are organising an afternoon to discuss the recent reignition of the nuclear debate. SCEC executive officer Wiebe ter Bals will be one of the speakers examining the environmental cost of Nuclear energy across the lifecycle. Friends of the Earth anti-nuclear campaigner Robin Taubenfeld will be the other key speaker. The event takes place at Kings Tavern in Caloundra on Sunday the 20th of January and will go from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Click here to few the flyer