Tell Australian Banks not to risk the Reef!

Right now, Australia's big banks are deciding whether to put their money into Abbot Point; a project that would result in 3million cubic, metres of dredge spoil being dumped in the Marine Park. 

The banks must be made aware of the community concerns and the impacts of sea dumping on our Reef, the $6 billion tourism industry, jobs, and our way of life. We have launched a petition calling on Australian Banks not to invest in the Abbot Point expansion – you can sign the petition here.

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Did you know about the legend of the Mackay Monster?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday was a beautiful Winter's day and the Pioneer River was at its best, high tide, when our group of about sixty history explorers headed off along the Pioneer Promenade. There were 10 viewing stages in the walk from the Forgan Bridge to Hospital Bridge. The viewing areas under the large umbrellas were comfortable places for the group to relax and listen to the history of  Cremorne and the Pioneer Bridges.

To download the walk brochure click here.

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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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Dudgeon Point coal terminal extension: Petition to Queensland Coordinator General

The proposed Dudgeon Point Coal Terminals Project (DPCT) consists of two coal export terminals, and associated infrastructure, with a combined capacity of up to 180 million tonnes per annum.

Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) is concerned about this project and is working to protect our health, our community and the Great Barrier Reef from the threat of the Dudgeon Point Coal Port and the damage it will cause.

The Dudgeon Point coal terminal project will be taken out of the environmental approvals process on 21st June 2014 unless the Queensland Coordinator General Mr. Barry Broe, chooses to extend the approvals process so the coal companies have more time.

Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) has launched a petition to the Queensland Coordinator General calling on him to not extend the time period for the project out of consideration for the residents of Mackay. 

You can sign Mackay Conservation Groups petition by following this link.

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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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