Vote for the Reef Scorecard

The Reef is shaping up as one of the key election issues, and Laura at Mackay Conservation Group has rated all of the parties on their policies on the Reef as well as other crucial environmental issues.

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 Click read more below to see the full rating for the Mirani electorate.

 

 

 

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Taking water for make good agreements

One question that has attracted little to no attention in the controversy about make good agreements for the dewatering of groundwater by the coal and gas industry is where will the mining industry will find the water to meet make good agreement requirements?

I recently prepared an EPBC Referral submission on the Galilee Water Pty Ltd. proposal to take water through two initial diversions from the Cape and Campaspe Rivers in the upper reaches of the Burdekin River and store it for water supply to the Galilee Basin. Galilee Water is a dollar company headed by Keith de Lacey the instigator of Cubbie Station which proposes to take up to 214,000ML/year[1]. That is 38 per cent of the volume of Sydney Harbour.

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New legal challenge of Carmichael mine

MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday 15 January, 2015:
The Mackay Conservation Group (MCG), has launched court proceedings challenging Environment Minister Greg Hunt and mining company Adani Enterprises over the approval of the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. 

MCG will be represented in this case by EDO NSW, a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental matters. 

MCG is calling for the July 2014 approval to be rendered invalid on the grounds the Minister failed under his duty laid down by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act to take down stream greenhouse gas emissions from the mine into account.

If successful, this test case could change how governments assess fossil fuel projects such as coal mines.
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Make your submission on the Abbot Point coal terminal

The Queensland government wants to dredge 1.7 million cubic metres from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and then dump this material into settling ponds in the Caley Valley wetlands, wiping out habitat for endangered and migratory birds and risking sediment running back into the Reef.

If you have two minutes, please make a submission to Greg Hunt: https://caleyvalley.good.do/stop-fast-tracking-abbot-point-dredging-and-dumping/send-in-a-submission-to-protect-the-reef-wetlands/

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Mackay Conservation Group AGM

We celebrated another year at the Mackay Conservation Group AGM on December 2nd.

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Beautiful Walk at Black's Beach Spit

Our final Beautiful Walk for the year was at Black's Beach Spit. The walk was organised and led by new MCG Management Committee member Pierre Craven. We learnt about the unique plants and animals of the spit, including migratory birds, the importance of mangroves and all the different insects that interact with green ants.

We'll be continuing the Beautiful Walks in 2015 so keep an eye out!

 

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#noadanihandouts launched!

In response to news last week that the Queensland government would be forking out hundreds of millions of dollars for Adani's rail project to connect controversial mines in the Galilee Basin with the Abbot Point coal terminal, on 27 November we launched #noadanihandouts, a photo petition to the Queensland government about all the things you'd rather see instead of handouts to massive mining companies.

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Caley Valley action and information evening

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We’re organising an action and information evening about the Caley Valley wetlands to coincide with our next volunteer meeting. We’ve got great ideas about how you can make a creative submission so please come along!

What: Abbot Point action and information evening
When: 5:30pm, Thursday 27th November
Where: Environment Centre, 156 Wood Street

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Next Beautiful Walks at Blacks Beach!

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Join us for our next Beautiful Walk which will explore Blacks Beach - a very special nesting site for Flatback and Green turtles.

Come along to hear from experts about the local turtle populations, the unique life of mangroves and unique vegetation that surrounds the beach. The walk is suitable for all ages as we will be strolling at a leisurely pace. The walk starts at 9am on Sunday 30 November will conclude at approx 10.30am.

To RSVP please go to: http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/blacks_beach

This a FREE event and open to the public.

Meet at the end of Pacific Drive, Blacks Beach at 8.45am for a 9am start. 

BRING: Water, Sun protection, Snacks, Mosquito repellent.

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BREAKING NEWS: Newman announces funding coal rail line to Abbot Point

At the same time as cutting services and jobs to rebalance the budget, the Qld government is choosing to spend taxpayer dollars propping up a risky investment to boost the profits of a foreign mining company.

Can you call his office today on 07 3719 7000 and say this handout to Adani means less money for schools and hospitals and more reef destruction.

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