Media Release: Report finds Adani polluted sensitive wetlands

33962498356_dd790646b7_z.jpgMackay Conservation Group says a new Queensland Government report confirms Adani’s coal terminal has polluted the nationally significant Caley Valley wetlands during Cyclone Debbie and shows the company cannot be trusted to operate a mine, rail and port operation in Queensland.

A report commissioned by the Queensland Department of Environment & Heritage Protection (DEHP), which relied on samples taken four weeks after the cyclone, has found up to 10 per cent of sediment in the wetlands near Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal was actually coal that the company allowed to leave its site. This follows Adani being fined $12,900 for polluting the Reef coast. Adani is currently challenging the fine in court.

Mackay Conservation Group coordinator, Peter McCallum, who visited the contamination site at the invitation of DEHP to observe the contamination first hand, said “It was clear to me that there was coal everywhere we looked when we visited the site a month after Cyclone Debbie. This report confirms those observations and makes clear that Adani is not fit to operate a massive coal project in Queensland,” Mr McCallum said.

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Organisation of the Month - Congratulations BirdLife Mackay!

BirdLife_Mackay_(1).pngActive in the region for 30 years, BirdLife Mackay is the region's primary go to group for local bird lovers and enthusiasts.

With their dedication to creating a brighter future for Australian birds, the BirdLife Mackay team is often found monitoring seasonal changes in bird life and their habitat, as well as migratory and endangered species, including the Eungella Honeyeater - which isn’t found anywhere else in the world. 

The Group will also be participating in the upcoming Eungella Bird Watching and Bushwalking Festival, taking place later this month from September 25th to October 1st. The event will be jam packed with bushwalks, local market stalls, guest lectures, exhibitions and social evenings, and would be a great opportunity to meet other bird admirers.

BirdLife Mackay has monthly outings on the first Sunday of each month, where they take group members to various bird-abundant locations throughout the region, such as Demoleyns Lagoon and Lake Barfield.

Are you a passionate bird lover? Perhaps you would like to meet and engage with people with similar interests? With spring in the air, and migratory birds in full flight, this could be the perfect time to take this passion to a new level and become a member. It’s free!  You can also follow them on Facebook to keep updated with upcoming events and outings, here.

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Stop Adani National Rally

header_kooyong_stop_adani_action.jpgThis is part of a national rally  to send a message to our politicians that we do not want them spending our $1 billion on a destructive mine that will cook the climate and wreck the Reef.  

We will have big banners and signs at the iconic Lamberts beach Lookout and a drone will capture the images.  We will then move from the Lookout to Lamberts Beach and  will then take the rally into town (you will need your cars!) and hang the banners over the Forgan Smith Bridge.  

This needs to be big!! so wear red, bring hat and water, signs if you have some,  and get ready to rally  and feel the people power as we fight for a viable future.  

Meet at the Lamberts Beach Lookout by 9.00am on 7th October and we'll move on from there.   There is a small carpark , but plenty of off road parking at the bottom of the hill.

Please RSVP for this event here

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Stories from the Forest

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Dinner, Drinks and Dancing with author Bill Wilkie

Mackay is fortunate to be hosting Bill Wilkie, the author of the recent award winning book The Daintree Blockade: The Battle for Australia's Tropical Rainforests. Bill will join us on a journey back in time. Over a three course dinner, we'll be spending a night in the Daintree, feasting on tales from the tree tops.

In 1983 the bulldozers and chainsaws began destroying the ancient forests of the Daintree north of Cairns to build a road with the full backing of the Queensland Government leading to a major campaign of community resistance.  The campaign did many things, including giving birth to Mackay Conservation Group as local people joined in this national effort to save our natural heritage.

Purchase your ticket now 

 

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Phone number problems

phone.pngWe have been having some trouble with our landline phone 07 4953 0808. 

If you can't reach us please call Peter on 0402 966 560 or Azrae on 0450 552 351.

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Join us at Al Gore's new film An Inconvenient Sequel

Inconvenient_Sequel_with_button.jpgAn Inconvenient Sequel is the riveting and rousing follow-up to Al Gore's follow up to An Inconvenient Truth which brought climate change into the heart of popular culture. It shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

The documentary addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore's global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016's Paris Climate Agreement.

Join us at the Mackay City Cinema on Friday 25 August at 9.00pm for a screening of this important movie. Purchase tickets here mackayconservationgroup.org.au/inconvenient

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The lazy person's guide to saving the world

CchJHm8W0AAE0fy.jpgSaving the world isn’t an easy task. However, even the smallest of actions can have a big collective impact.  Recently, the United Nations released an article ‘A Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World’ which serves as a splendid reminder that each and every one of us has the power to make change and contribute to the more efficient world we wish to see. A drop in an ocean but an ocean made of drops nonetheless. The message is clear - change begins with you!

From the comfort of your couch to the comfy cushions at a cafe, below we have included some easy breezy tips and tricks of how you can lighten your ecological footprint in your everyday life. Who knows, maybe you will improve you own well-being — as well as our planet along the way.

 1. Save electricity

Saving electricity saves resources and saves you money. So turn off the light switches, let your hair and clothes dry naturally, turn off your appliances at the switch when you are done. 90 per cent of the energy used when running your washing machine is used to heat water. Choosing to wash only a full load of clothes with cold water is moving in the direction of being more ecologically effective. 

2. Use less water

Here in North Queensland, freshwater isn’t as abundant as our actions may translate, so we need to do what we can to save as much of it as we can. Take short showers, turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth and don’t bother rinsing the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.

3. Move away from plastic

We can’t wait for governments to #banthebag, we need to take responsibility to reduce plastic consumption into our own hands.  Plastic debris ends up in our waterways & in the bellies of our marine life. Mackay neighbours the most beautiful and diverse reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, and we need to do what we can to protect it.  Buy minimally packaged foods. Carry your own water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery and of course remember to take your own bags to the supermarket. 

4. Shop local

Shopping local is thinking global. Supporting local business and growers helps keep local people employed and helps prevent trucks and planes driving far distances. Did you know that every Wednesday morning Mackay’s Greater Whitsunday Market exhibits a variety of only local products and produce? 

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Mackay says No to Adani

Survey shows Mackay residents opposed to Adani

A community survey released today by the Mackay Conservation Group has uncovered overwhelming opposition in Mackay to the Adani Carmichael mine and the special treatment it is receiving from the government.

Almost 80 per cent of Mackay people do not support the $1 billion taxpayer funded loan to Adani. Even greater numbers (86 per cent) oppose the Queensland government giving Adani access to free, unlimited water. Eighty-five per cent of people were also opposed to the royalty free period that the State government has granted to Adani.

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All of the graphs and figures are available here.

You can join the Stop Adani movement right here in Mackay! Find out how you can get involved and help to protect our land, water and air for generations to come!

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UpRiver - The story of the Franklin Blockade

UpRiver_lecture_image_small.jpgYou're invited to a free lecture by Alice Hungerford, author of UpRiver, the story of the Franklin River blockade that pushed Australia's environmental movement to the centre of political decision making.

Places are limited, to book click here

UpRiver reveals the untold stories of over 60 activists who came to the Franklin and Gordon rivers in 1982, and stayed to non-violently defend one of the truly wild places of this earth.

Share the experiences of people who came and stayed in the harsh wilds of South-West Tasmania for almost nine months — from the smoky campfires, lentil stew, endless rain and over 1200 arrests, to a change in the Federal Government, a High Court battle and bulldozers finally leaving the rugged Tasmanian wilderness — UpRiver weaves together the stories of photos and songs collected from activists from one of the largest coordinated direct actions in Australia's history.

Mackay Environment Centre, 156 Wood St, Mackay

6.30pm Thursday 17 August 2017

RSVP essential: mackayconservationgroup.org.au/upriver

 

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EcoPress Friday 11 August - CommBank not funding Adani!

Ecopress_Masthead.jpgCommBank_Win.jpgCommBank won't fund Adani!

You asked for it and CommBank listened! Late today we learned that the Commonwealth Bank has now joined with our other big banks and ruled out funding the polluting Adani coal mine.

All four of Australia's Big Banks will not be funding Adani. It's time that our government takes the hint and stops giving hand outs to a company and project that is financially in-viable!

The Commonwealth Bank has indicated it will not lend money to Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine, leaving the project without financing from any of Australia’s big four banks. A spokesman from Commonwealth Bank said the bank is “not among the banks who have been, or will be, asked to consider this financing”.


UpRiver_lecture_image_small.jpgUpRiver - the story of the Franklin Blockade

You're invited to a free lecture by Alice Hungerford, author of UpRiver, the story of the Franklin River blockade that pushed Australia's environmental movement to the centre of political decision making.

UpRiver reveals the untold stories of over 60 activists who came to the Franklin and Gordon rivers in 1982, and stayed to non-violently defend one of the truly wild places of this earth. 

Share the experiences of people who came and stayed in the harsh wilds of South-West Tasmania for almost nine months — from the smoky campfires, lentil stew, endless rain and over 1200 arrests, to a change in the Federal Government, a High Court battle and bulldozers finally leaving the rugged Tasmanian wilderness — UpRiver weaves together the stories of photos and songs collected from activists from one of the largest coordinated direct actions in Australia's history. 

Mackay Environment Centre, 156 Wood St, Mackay

6.30pm Thursday 17 August 2017

RSVP essential: mackayconservationgroup.org.au/upriver

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