Healthy Rivers to Reef Info Session

Healthy_Rivers_to_Reef_Partnership_Logo.pngThe Great Barrier Reef is being threatened from many fronts. Climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, disease outbreaks, extreme weather, shipping, ghost nets, rubbish and introduced species are all stressing the reef. The reef is also being stressed by large quantities of nutrients and sediments flowing into its waters from coastal streams.

5489466-3x2-940x627.jpgThe Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership has been formed to identify water quality problems in rivers from Bowen to Hay Point. The partnership aims to ensure that rivers and streams are properly managed to reduce the flow of pollutants into the reef.

On Wednesday 6 July at 6pm we will be hosting an information session about the partnership to introduce the partnership and the most recent report card on our waterways. Di Tarte and Charlie Morgan will explain how the report card has been developed and how the project will proceed in the future.

If you are concerned about the health of the reef and our waterways, please come along to this meeting.

6pm - 7pm Wednesday 6 July 2016

Mackay Environment Centre, 156 Wood St Mackay

RSVP at mackayconservationgroup.org.au/healthy_rivers

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POSTPONED: Slade Point Reserve Beautiful Walk

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SORRY, WE HAVE HAD TO POSTPONE THIS EVENT FOR TWO WEEKS. MORE DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON.

The Mackay Conservation Group is holding its third Beautiful Walk for 2016 at Slade Point Reserve.

Slade Point Reserve contains the only coastal dune and wetland systems close to Mackay. Come and explore this hidden gem!

Learn about the conservation history of this special place as we wander through Moreton bay ash forest, weeping paperbarks and grasslands. Keep an eye out and you might spot a Black-faced monarch or one of the other 130 off birds that live here.

This event is open to the public and totally free. 

This walk will be held at the Slade Point Reserve and will take all walkers through the circuit, with informal addresses about bird life, plant species, conservation projects that are ongoing and the establishment of the reserve.

Don't forget your mosquito repellant, walking shoes, sunscreen and sun protection, water, snacks & your friends and family!

July 09, 2016 at 1.45pm - 4pm

Slade Point Reserve, Teal Street, Slade Point

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Urannah Dam economic analysis

Download a copy of the report "An Economic Analysis Of The Urannah Dam Project" here: 

Urannah Dam economic analysis

 

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Your Vote Can Save The Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. It is being threatened by poor water quality from coastal rivers, Crown of Thorns starfish Aiduma_0196-4W.jpgand climate change. 

On top of all those threats, the Mercury reported on Monday that a ship passed through the reef on its way to Brisbane with a crew that didn’t understand how to use its navigation equipment. That could have led to a disaster.

In the past, politicians have mostly dismissed environmentalist’s distress about the condition of the reef. That lack of concern ended last year when UNESCO proposed to declare the World Heritage status of the reef “in danger”.

Since then we have seen significant impacts like dumping of capital dredge spoil in the ocean banned.

This year’s coral bleaching catastrophe has again focussed political attention on the condition of the reef.

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Coal Mine Rehabilitation Campaign

Members of Lock the Gate and the Mackay Conservation Group travelled to central Queensland to get footage of several of the mines in the area in order to evaluate how much rehabilitation has been undertaken at several sites. 

Check out the video at the link below to learn more about the campaign. If you want join and keep up to date with the progress of the campaign by filling in the form at the link below.

http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/mine_rehab

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Greg Hunt - We have a problem

Great Barrier Reef Reaches Apocalypse Level Three Coral Bleaching Alert 

 

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January 2016 - the hottest January on record

February 2016 - the hottest month ever recorded

In March 2016 we're heading to be the hottest year on record yet again.

In this Olympic year – these are not world records we want to be breaking!

AND our Great Barrier Reef is suffering…..

The Great Barrier Reef, once touted as the world’s best managed and healthiest reef system  in the world, is now facing a coral bleaching apocalypse.  Increased water temperatures brought on by global warming are cooking the northern section of the Reef, consider by scientists to be the most pristine region of the Reef.

Today  the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)  issued a level three coral bleaching alert,  based on wide-spread severe bleaching in the northern section of the reef.  

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has talked down the event but he failed to address the scope and severity of the bleaching.

 

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Landclearing Reforms

land_clearing_photo_small.jpgGreenies! Tree huggers! They’re a couple of emotive terms for describing people who care about their local environment and want to see it protected for generations to come.

While some people seem to think that the environmental movement is hell-bent on stopping development and saving every last blade of grass, the reality is a lot different.

It may surprise you to know the types of people who contact the Mackay Conservation Group for help, and the diversity of issues we deal with every week.

Last week we had a call about neighbours polluting waterways with toxic waste, another person was concerned about the impact of coal dust on their health, yet another wanted to know what he could do about unauthorised coastal developments; and this is just to name a few.

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Shellgrit Creek Beautiful Walk

walk.jpgCalling all MCG peeps and Mackay locals! RSVP to come along to our second Beautiful Walk for 2016.

We will be meeting at Quota Park (crnr of Binnington Esplanade and Bridge Road) and walking all the way down to the mouth of Shellgrit Creek.

Some of the topics we may be hearing about include the history of Far Beach, environmental impacts that affect the area, natural foods as well as a small splash of bird watching (speaker list will be posted at a later date).

Far Beach ajoined mouth of the Pioneer River until a large cyclone, Eline, changed the course of history and the river. We can see evidence of the dynamic coastline of Mackay on this walk.

 

Numbers are limited, so book early.

Make sure you bring a hat and a water bottle. See you there!

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Mackay Leading Qld in Solar Installation

Multi-purpose solar car park in Spain.“We make it great in the Sunshine State!” went the old Queensland Government slogan in the 1970s and we are certainly doing a great job of using our sunshine in Mackay.

The worldwide demand for solar power has been growing exponentially in the past few years as the efficiency of panels has increased and production costs have fallen.

Here in Mackay more property owners are realising the benefits of solar power than anywhere else in Queensland.

In 2015 more rooftop solar was installed on properties in the 4740 postcode than in any other place in Australia, except Coondalup in Western Australia.

There was a decline in installations in Mackay compared with 2014 when we were by far the most solar savvy people in Australia, adding 5.9 megawatts of solar panels to our city’s roofs.

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Urannah Dam is for mining not agriculture

Irwin_Turtle_2.jpgUrannah Dam has been in the news a lot over the past year. Politicians have been talking up the proposal as a potential source of new water for agricultural land around Bowen. However, there are serious questions about whether farmers will ever see a drop of any water from this dam.

The Urannah Creek west of Eungella range is a beautiful place that has considerable environmental values. Its water flows into the Broken River and then into the Burdekin.It is home to the Irwin’s Turtle a unique species that was discovered in 1990 by Steve Irwin’s father Bob. 

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