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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