Shoal Point - Low Tide Beautiful Walk

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Shoal Point

Low Tide Beautiful Walk

30 August 2015, 3pm-5pm

Cnr Denman Ave & O'Brien Esplanade, Shoal Point

The next Beautiful Walk of the current series will be held at Shoal Point on Sunday 30 August. We have timed this walk to coincide with a very low tide when all of sandy and rocky foreshore will be exposed. You'll see lots of amazing creatures such as this feather star. Feather stars are crinoids and related to starfish and sea urchins. They have been described as "the most peaceful and beautiful starfish." It is very pleasing to watch their delicate tentacles wave in the tidal currents as they capture their food.

 

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Clearing in Andergrove

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 In June residents in Andergrove reported their concerns with the clearing of 25 trees in an endangered melaleuca wetland regional ecosystem that is part of the Great Barrier Reef wetland system of McCreadys Creek catchment.

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Woohooo! MCG turns 30.

Mackay Conservation Group was established three decades ago by a group of people concerned with the development plans for Linderman Island. Since then the group has become the most significant voice for protecting the region's environment. We have campaigned on many issues from matters of international significance such as protection of the

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 Great Barrier Reef and climate change to very local ones like the campaign to open Sandfly Creek floodgates and allow tidal water to flow into that important marine habitat. 

It's time to celebrate all our work over the past few decades and honour the people who have so generously donated their time, money and expertise to ensure that Mackay is great place to live for its human and non-human residents.
We'll be holding a few birthday celebrations in October this year. On Saturday October 10 we're heading up to the Whitsundays for a day of sightseeing with Ocean Rafting Adventures. You'll get to see some great scenery and catch up with friends and colleagues. Cost: $150 per person including lunch, limit 32 people. 
Tony Duckett and Rod Smith are pictured here in the mid 1990s leading a march to campaign for dugong protection zones. The dugong still lives in the MCG office!
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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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Bowen Coal Seam Gas project

Coal seam gas is set to increase massively in Central Queensland. Arrow Energy is deciding this year whether to proceed with the Explosive-Gas_web.jpgBowen Gas project, which could mean up to 6000 new wells, so its crucial they hear from people like you.

We are supporting the call from farmers organisations, such as Agforce, for a moratorium on coal seam gas until its impacts on land, water and the climate are better understood.

Please sign our petition here: http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/bowen_csg_petition

 

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We need strong targets for Paris!

drought-custom-image-data.jpgAreas in North Queensland, like Townsville, are experiencing their driest wet season on record, and the Bureau of Meterology is declaring a major El Nino, further South we’re seeing unprecedented storms and heavy rainfalls.  This is extreme weather.

Australia is already at the forefront of climate change impacts but we’re not seeing leadership from our local politicians. Even though we have a climate sceptical local member in George Christensen MP, Abbot needs to know there are people in Mackay - and elsewhere! - that want to see strong targets at the climate talks in Paris.

Please sign the petition, which is part of a national petition that will be presented on 25th May to national leaders (wording courtesy of WWF)

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Air Quality Standards

 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 below calling for stronger air quality standards.

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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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