Mackay Oral Histories Project

What events have shaped the health of the Mackay coastline? Mackay Conservation Group are calling on the community to share their stories of fishing, reef, ports and leisure along the Mackay coast...

Anyone interested in participating please complete our expression of interest form by clicking here.

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Carmichael Mine Approved Despite Impacts on Water, Habitat and the Reef

The Federal government’s decision today to approve Adani’s Carmichael coal mega mine in Western Queensland is blind to the devastation it will cause to water, habitat and the local environment says Mackay Conservation Group.

‘Carmichael will be one of the world’s biggest coal mines and the environmental impacts of the mine as well as associated infrastructure, such as ports and rail, are simply unacceptable,’ said Mackay Conservation Group Co-ordinator Ellen Roberts.

‘The mine will use 12 billion litres of water every year. This water will be pumped from underground sources which are vital to maintaining agriculture and wildlife in this dry environment. There will be drops to the water table ten kilometres from the mine.’

‘The conditions placed on the mine relate to further studies on impact on groundwater and species, which raises concerns that Greg Hunt did not adequately understand the impacts of this mine before making the approval.’

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New Barge Shipping Proposal for Hay Point

Well just a week after Dudgeon Point coal terminal was cancelled we were shocked to hear out about new plans to barge up to 30 million tonnes of coal from Hay Point.

Coal will be loaded onto uncovered barges, taken 30km out to sea and transferred to ships within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This ‘transhipping’ process has not been used for coal in Australia previously.

Check out this video produced by Getup about transhipping in Indonesia.

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Our Historic Pioneer River

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Join us and the birds for the next Beautiful Walk

Join us as we explore Wetlands Walkabout, a beautiful 32 hectare nature reserve in the heart of Mackay. This natural wonderland encompasses tidal and freshwater wetlands and support a stunning display of birds including brolgas, spoonbills and many variety of ducks.
The walk was closed to the public last year but will be opened specially for us on Sunday 25 May. We will meet at 8.30am at the car park on Keeley's Road.

 

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Picasso in Mackay

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Mackay Conservation Group will be opening an art exhibition on Friday 20 June at 5.30pm, featuring work by local artists. If you would like to contribute, please call 4953 0808.

As well as showing off the new office look, Lian Meaney will be unveiling our new window display and there will be wine & cheese aplenty. Look forward to seeing you there!

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Court case update

On March 28 MCG launched legal action against Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt over his decision to approve the dredging and dumping of dredge spoil for the Abbot Point coal terminal. We had our first day in court on 2nd May, in the Brisbane Federal Court with Judge Dowsett sitting for a 'directions hearing', essentially a chance for all parties to propose timelines. 

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Free Training Program for Community Volunteers

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'Wow: A Day Out!'

Over 65 Mackayites gathered for our Beautiful Places Walk off the coast of Shoal Point on Sunday March 30.

The day started with a picnic and then local Morrie Pearson led the group over the sands and towards Little Green Island at low tide. We saw a wonderful array of wildlife including a variety of soft and hard corals (including one affectionately named 'blobby'), crabs, shells and birds.

The event was covered by Channel 7 and the Daily Mercury. The pictures below say it all! For more pictures go to the Mackay Conservation Group facebook page.

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Update on Beautiful Places Walk

An important update on our Beautiful Places walk around Little Green Island!

The weather looks good so we will be going ahead.

The walk itself will not start until 3pm as this is the best time for the tides.

The picnic will start at 12pm, but the walk not until 3pm.

For more information call Moira on 0450 944 114.

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