Caley Valley Wetland Dump Proposal Revealed

As you may have seen in the news, last Friday Jeff Seeney made a formal request to the Federal government for approval to dump dredge spoil on land. This comes after weeks of media speculation and an adjournment to our case until the onshore dumping is resolved.

Patricia Julien and Mackay Conservation Group have been working on the issue of the Caley Valley wetlands for many years now. See for example this story in 2012, when Patricia and Tub Wilson raised concerns about what coal port expansion would mean for the wetlands.

Pictured below: Patricia being interviewed at the wetlands in 2012, and right a pair of painted snipes

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Have your say on better air quality standards for Australia

Patricia from Mackay Conservation Group is an active part of a national campaign for better air quality standards in Australia. From our friends at Nature Conservation Council of NSW:

Air pollution makes us sick. Stricter standards must be set and enforced to protect the 3,000 Australians who die prematurely from air pollution each year and the many thousands more who suffer ongoing health impacts. 

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Right now, Australia’s environment ministers are considering new pollution standards that would better protect our most polluted communities and most vulnerable community members.

Have your say by sending an email or submission to the Environment Ministers. Follow this easy online email form here: http://www.nature.org.au/get-involved/take-action/clear-the-air-australia-needs-stricter-air-pollution-standards

If you want to do a more detailed submission, click Read More to be taken to a more detailed submission guide.

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New Report: Eungella Honeyeater Threatened by Logging

Logging has recommenced in Crediton State Forest habitat of the Eungella honeyeater after being stopped thirteen years ago. The Eungella Honeyeater has the smallest range of any Australian bird species. It includes Eungella National Park and the surrounding state forests. It is listed as of medium risk of decline from climate change and logging poses another risk to its food sources, lerps and nectar from flowering eucalyptus species said Patricia Julien Research Analyst with Mackay Conservation Group. It population was estimated in 2013 at 2,500.

The Queensland Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Agriculture refused to monitor impacts of logging on the Eungella honeyeater saying the Eungella honeyeater had survived past logging and it is still present. Birdlife Mackay President Daryl Barnes stated members were concerned because it is a popular attraction for birdwatchers and they have noted an apparent decline in its numbers.

Pictures below: the famous Eungella Honeyater, and Patricia from Mackay Conservation Group with Richard and Daryl from Birdlife Mackay seeking out the honeyeater

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Environment Centre 20 years old!

Last week Mackay Conservation Group celebrated 20 years at 156 Wood Street, which has provided  a secure home for the last 20 years. 

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Getting amongst the Melaleuca at the Slade Point Nature Reserve

Did you know that 'melaleuca' is Greek for black/white and refers to the colours of the trees after they've been affected by fire? If you've looked out the window when driving around Mackay you'd probably know that this species of tree is very special to this area and particularly likes the low lying swampy parts.

We had a great day out on September 28th visiting the melaleuca forests - and other vegetation types - in the Slade Point Nature Reserve.

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Court case adjourned

Mackay Conservation Group have been successful in seeking an adjournment in the trial set for the end of October. Time was sought to allow North Queensland Bulk Ports to provide details of suggested plans to switch to an alternate onshore dumping of dredging materials rather than dumping of dredged materials in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Pictured are our lawyers Saul Holt SC (right), and Michael Berkman and Revel Pointon from the Environment Defenders Office.

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Support for MCG today!

After George Christensen's unfortunate comments calling environmentalists 'green grubs', it was very nice to get supporters today dropping in to the office to say they appreciate our work!

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And PS what's so bad about green grubs?

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Don't miss our next Beautiful Walk exploring hidden treasures!

On Sunday 28th September join Mackay Conservation Group to explore a hidden gem!

Slade Point Nature Reserve is one of the last remaining areas of coastal dunes and paperbark wetlands in the Mackay region.

Learn about the conservation history of this special place as we wander through Moreton bay ash forest, weeping paperbarks and grasslands. Keep an eye out and you might spot a Black-faced monarch or one of the other 130 off birds that live here.

For more information and to RSVP check out the event description here. 

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Breaking news: Cripps strips legal rights to object to mines

Energy Minister Cripps gags objections to mine projects in last minute change to environmental laws

Mackay Conservation Group has condemned laws passed by Queensland Parliament at five minutes to midnigavel_hand.jpgght on Tuesday night that strip rights from community groups and most landholders to object to large mining projects, such as coal mining projects in the Galilee Basin.

‘This is completely underhand and represents gross deception of the people of Queensland by Energy Minister Cripps.

‘These laws were not debated in Parliament, or given any chance for public comment.

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Volunteer Opportunities at Mackay Conservation Group

Are you passionate about our local environment and want to share your time and skills?

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We have two exciting roles for people who want to get involved in the work of Mackay Conservation Group. Hours are flexible, with a four hour per week minimum.

Our Outreach Co-ordinator looks for stall opportunties and other ways for us to engage with the public in Mackay and surrounds. If you like people and events, this is for you!

Our On-line Co-ordinator seeks new content for our website and social media and also helps draft our newsletters.

For more information or a position description, please contact Ellen at ellen@mackayconservationgroup.org.au

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