Critical new information may halt Carmichael mine

Critical new information may halt Carmichael mine

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The Mackay Conservation Group has submitted critical new information in the Federal Court in Sydney amending their challenge to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the Carmichael mine in Central Queensland.

The group argues that in approving Carmichael, Minister Hunt failed to consider conservation advices for two vulnerable species likely to be significantly impacted by the project, the ornamental snake and the yakka skink. ing their challenge to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s approval of the Carmichael mine in Central Queensland.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/16/greg-hunt-ignoring-advice-on-danger-to-wildlife-from-carmichael-coalmine

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Updated Community Engagement Position

Hi everyone,

Last week we advertised our Beautiful Walks position - but we've now received extra funds and will be expanding it to two days (fifteen hours) per week with some extra duties for community outreach as well as building and maintaining our supporter base.

The updated position description is below, or contact me on 0408 583 694 with any questions.

 

 

 

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Mackay needs clean air!

air_quality.jpgAir quality standards in Australia are in dire need of improvement. The Australian State, Territory and Commonwealth governments are currently reviewing the existing standards which outline ‘safe’ levels of exposure from a variety of air pollution sources.  

This gives us an opportunity to ask the Federal Environment Minister (Greg Hunt) to improve our air quality standards so we can have the cleanest air possible. 

An estimated 3,000 premature Australian deaths are linked to poor air quality and if these standards are improved, lives could be saved.

The coal mining industry is our Australia’s main source of particle pollution, and they have admitted that their emissions have grown by a massive 187% in the last ten years. These standards need to be changed – please sign the petition to make sure they have to limit their emissions. 

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We're seeking a Beautiful Walks Organiser

Mackay Conservation Group has secured a small grant from Mackay Regional Council to continue our highly successful Beautiful Walks program. Beautiful Walks showcases the local environment in the Mackay area through guided walks that take place every one - two months. We are looking for an event co-ordinator to work for 30 hours each month to organise, promote and evaluate five Beautiful Walk events between July - December.

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Raise the Heat on Commbank

CBALogo_RED_Final_AK.pngMackay Conservation Group has joined with 350.org and over 40 local groups around the country on a national week of actions next week called Raise the Heat on Commbank. We’d love you to be involved - check out all the details below.

Now is an important time to step things up and put CommBank’s reputation on the line -either they publicly rule out their involvement OR they face a creative and unrelenting campaign.

In Mackay, we have events planned from the Monday to the Friday, and Friday will be the big day where we hope as many people as possible will come. We would love you to join in, and invite your friends and family along too. To get involved, please email our fantastic volunteer Tiffany Harrison at tiffany.harrison@outlook.com, or contact her on 042629978.

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Beautiful Walks cancelled

We've had to postpone our Beautiful Walks on the Pioneer River, which was planned for this Sunday, 26 April. We will be running it again soon, but if you're keen for some South Sea Islander culture, there are markets and tours at the South Sea Islander Hut this Sunday from 8am - 12pm.

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Energy Futures with Tim Buckley and Amanda Cahill

We had a great turn out at our event with Tim Buckley and Amanda Cahilll at the MECC on Tuesday April 14 with over 90 people. If you missed the event but want to hear what they had to say, you can check out their intervieTim_with_crowd.jpgw with Kim Kleidon on ABC Tropical North. Tim has also generously shared his presentation which you download here.

Amanda did a great presentation on how communities can work together to build resilient local economies. There were a number of people at that event interested in continuing to work on developing an economic transition, please get in touch if you'd like to be a part of this.

There were heaps of questions and comments from the audience, right is a picture of Tim continuing the conversation with members of the Mackay community.

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Eungella Honeyeater Survey Results and Future Actions

HoneyeaterMackay Conservation Group has been successful in getting a $5,000 Natural Environment grant from Mackay Regional Council to partially fund Birdlife Mackay and other volunteers to repeat the 2014 weekly winter surveys for this and other bird species at three 10ha monitoring sites in northern Crediton State Forest next to Eungella National Park.

This is where the highest numbers of Eungella honeyeaters were recorded in 1998 which was one of the most severe La Nina years on record causing very dry conditions and a high density of flowering Eucalyptus trees.

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Energy Futures with Tim Buckley

tim.jpgFinancial analyst Tim Buckley will be in Mackay on April 14 talking about the future of global energy markets from coal and gas through to renewable energy and what this means for our region. Tim is very knowledgeable and an excellent public speaker who explains global energy trends in easy to understand language.

Free event, all welcome - to RSVP go to the event page!

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Bats in Walkerston

You might have been following the issues with the new bat colony that has taken up residence near Walkerston. Patricia Julien of MCG is calling for a long term and ecologically sound resolution to issues with bat colonies: below is a letter to the editor submitted to the Daily Mercury:

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Many locals believe that most of the flying foxes near Bakers Creek bridge in Walkerston came from the dispersal of 4,800 flying foxes at North Eton which cost Mackay Regional Council around $45,000. Initially the animals dispersed some 1.5 km into four smaller colonies but did not leave the region.[1] As flying foxes are migratory animals that follow food sources much of the colony will likely move on after April but at present they have grown to numbers that are causing persistent sound and odour problems for neighbouring land owners. They are also likely to return when food again becomes more abundant.

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