Enjoy the Reef the Right Way

Maori Wrasse and snorkellorsExperiencing the Great Barrier Reef is on everybody’s bucket list.

After all, it is the most spectacularly diverse ecosystem on the planet.

The Reef is so big that you can see it from the surface of the moon.

It is home to tens of thousands of animals with over 1600 species of fish from Nemo to Jaws, including many vulnerable and endangered species.

But there are right ways and wrong ways to experience the Reef and, when it comes to fish, fish ‘framing’ is the wrong way.

Fish ‘framing’ involves dangling some form of bait such as fish heads or carcasses into the water to attract large fish to the surface and sometimes right out of the water and onto the deck for a photo opportunity.

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Mackay welcomes international air travellers

Bar Tailed GodwitWe all love Mackay’s beaches as a place to relax and have fun. But how often do we think of them as a home for birds?

Thousands of shorebirds depend on them, either to nest or to feed on. And as more and more of us use the beach for recreation, we need to be careful how we do it.

Our beaches host two main groups of shorebirds: ones which live here all year round and nest on the beach, such as Red-capped Plovers, and migratory shorebirds, such as Bar-tailed Godwits, which arrive from their northern hemisphere breeding grounds at the start of our summer, to fatten up by feeding on our tidal flats.

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People's Climate March

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People's Climate March

8.30am Sunday November 29

Jubilee Park

Cnr Wellington & Alfred Sts

Mackay

Join thousands of Australians as we march for a transition to clean energy, for secure job creation, for a healthy environment and a safe climate.

In the last weekend of November, will you help create the biggest climate march the world has ever seen? 

 

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MCG welcomes legal action

Mackay Conservation Group welcomes ACF Legal Action

Mackay Conservation Group has welcomed the announcement today that the Australian Conservation Foundation will challenge the approval of the Adani Carmichael mine.

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has several grounds on which it is appealing the Federal Government's approval of the mine.

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Town Beach Beautiful Walk

Last weekend we took a little walk along the northern end of Town Beach to a part of the coast not often visited. It is a small part of the coastline that shows what the shoreline looked like before the extensive modifications in the 1960s. Once again our volunteer experts were a great asset, explaining the relationships between different aspects of the environment.

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30th Birthday and AGM

Last Saturday, Mackay Conservation Group supporters ascended onto the Surf Lifesaving Club to celebrate our thirtieth birthday. Committee members (past and present), members, staff, volunteers and supporters met for a dinner to remember the good old days and celebrate the many campaigns the MCG has under its belt. The first president of the Conservation group attended as well as the current president, Michael Williams, who was awarded a life membership. 

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Carmichael reapproval risks threatened species, water, public funds

Only two months ago we won a Federal court challenge to the controversial Carmichael coal mine but Minister Hunt’s reapproval Poephila_cincta_-Baltimore_Aquarium__Baltimore__Maryland__USA-8a.jpgrisks threatened species, precious groundwater, the global climate and taxpayers’ money.

Minister Hunt has again failed the people of Australia by failing to address new evidence on the devastating impacts of what would be Australia’s largest coal mine.

Hunt’s new conditions do not adequately deal with the seriousness of the implications of this mine. Simply put, these impacts are very serious, and can’t be offset. The mine should have been refused.

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Adani defeat no 'mere technicality'

Press release from 5 August 2015

ADANI CARMICHAEL COURT DEFEAT NO MERE TECHNICALITY

Court cases reveal deep flaws in modelling, devastating impacts

Indian coal giant Adani, the mining industry and the Federal Environment Minister are wrong to characterise today’s Federal court decision as a ‘technical glitch’, when it is symptomatic of deep flaws with the Carmichael proposal that have only been revealed through proper court scrutiny, said Ms Ellen Roberts, Coordinator of Mackay Conservation Group.

 

 

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Court win no 'mere technicality'

ADANI CARMICHAEL COURT DEFEAT NO MERE TECHNICALITY

Court cases reveal deep flaws in modelling, devastating impacts

 

Indian coal giant Adani, the mining industry and the Federal Environment Minister are wrong to characterise today’s Federal court decision as a ‘technical glitch’, when it is symptomatic of deep flaws with the Carmichael proposal that have only been revealed through proper court scrutiny, said Ms Ellen Roberts, Coordinator of Mackay Conservation Group.

 

“Court action has shown the proposed Carmichael mine to be a train wreck on multiple fronts. The mine’s impact on vulnerable species shows up just one of many problems that the assessment process failed to properly address and that Adani has done its best to conceal,” Ms Roberts said.

 

 

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Beautiful Walk at the Botanic Gardens

If you're coming along to the Beautiful Walk this Sunday at the Botanic Gardens, we're meeting at the South Sea Islander Hut. Call Peter on 0402 966 560 for more info.

 

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