Lindeman Island Update
Back in July White Horse Australia released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its Lindeman Island resort project. The company proposed to resurrect the defunct Lindeman Island resort and proposed that nearly four square kilometres of the national park be revoked as part of the development.
Mackay Conservation Group and other environment organisations raised concerns that the temporary leases over the national park were to become perpetual. That would set a precedent for national park land to be traded for tourism developments.
We launched a petition calling for the Queensland Parliament to reject revocation of any part of Lindeman Island National Park and to ensure the national park is properly managed so as to protect its exceptional values.
Environment Minister, Dr Steven Miles, has responded to the petition and said that no revocation will occur unless there is a 'net conservation benefit'. The developer has now been given the opportunity to respond to comments made on its EIS. We'll keep you informed about any further information that comes to light.
Environmental Defenders Regional Tour
Come and find out about your rights to be involved in development decisions – from major projects (like ports and mines like Adani Carmichael mine!) to urban developments under planning laws, that impact our trees, wildlife, coastline and Reef.
The law is a powerful tool for helping you to have your concerns meaningfully heard!
EDO solicitors Tania Heber and Revel Pointon are keen to meet you on our regional tour as we make our way from Mission Beach, to Townsville, Airlie Beach and Mackay.
In this session, Tania and Revel will be providing a simple guide to how you can make the most use of your powers to influence decisions that affect your environment and community.
Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) lawyers are experts in environment and planning laws. We provide free legal advice, education and representation to the community to help you use your legal powers to protect the environment and your community’s health.
There will be time for questions and discussions on issues of particular interest to you and your local community.
We look forward to seeing you!
Climate Campaigner comes to Mackay
Friday 27th Oct - 5pm Mojos rooftop bar - 2 Sydney St Mackay
Sustainability Social is a chance to meet and catch up with fellow friends of the planet!
It ain't easy being green - so let's get together for a cold one and some laughs on the last Friday of every month!
Cheap drinks, tasty treats, a great view and even better company! Everyone is welcome so make sure you bring all your friends!
Kids welcome until 7pm (hotel rules).
See you there!
State government grabs 3568 hectares of agricultural land for Adani
In an appalling move that is more special treatment for Adani, the Queensland government has compulsorily acquired 3568 hectares of agricultural land for the company's private rail line.
The government has also granted free, unlimited and unregulated access to groundwater and allowed a royalties holiday worth $320 million of Queensland taxpayer money.
The mine will extract up to 12,000 million litres of water every year from waterways, diverting up to 720 billion litres away from creeks and rivers over the life of the mine. Modelling demonstrates that two springs will be shut down, which would be a massive blow to rural communities that rely on groundwater sources.
In Queensland, water is our most precious resource, both for environmental health and for agricultural use. It supports regional communities and economies and should not be left in the hands of a company that has a demonstrated history of environmental abuse, both here and overseas.
We have set up a petition to Qld Premier Palaszczuk, calling on her to protect our land and our water from an untrustworthy company like Adani, and revoke the decision made by the Coordinator General to compulsorily acquire land for Adani.
Sign the petition here. Please share the petition by Facebook and email and ask your friends to sign as well.
Earlier this month, Australia’s outgoing Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews told ABC radio that land clearing is not the biggest threat to Australia’s wildlife. His claim caused a stir among Australia’s biodiversity scientists and conservation professionals, who have plenty of evidence to the contrary.
The ecologist Jared Diamond has described an “evil quartet” of threatening processes that drive species to extinction: habitat destruction; overhunting (or overexploitation); the presence of introduced species; and chains of linked ecological changes, including co-extinctions.
In modern times we can add two more to this list. The first is catastrophic disease outbreaks, such as the chytrid fungus that has been instrumental in the catastrophic decline or extinction of almost 200 frog species, or the facial tumour disease that still threatens to wipe out Tasmanian devils in the wild.
The second is human-induced climate change, which appears to have caused one extinction in Australian Territories and is predicted to result in many more.
So the evil quartet has now become an evil sextet. It sounds ugly because it is. But does habitat loss through land clearing still top the list? The answer, in short, is yes.Read more
The time has finally come for the Environment Centre to clean out its pre-loved library.
We will be holding a BIG BOOK SALE to help hundreds of our old, rare and collectible books find a new home.
When: Tuesday the 24th - Saturday the 28th of October (9am - 5pm weekdays & 10am-12pm Saturday)
Where: The Environment Centre, 156 Wood St Mackay
There will books on bird life, marine ecology, soil health, butterflies, plants and forestry, sustainable living, marketing, environmental law and economics, and much MUCH more!
We will be exchanging books for gold coin donations, so bring a friend, your neighbour and a pocket full of change, prepped and ready to dive into the pages.
Our politicians aren’t getting the message, so it’s time for us to spell it out for them, with giant #StopAdani human signs!
On Saturday 7 October, crowds of people around Australia will be converging on iconic locations to make massive human signs. We will show our government that the people don't want the Adani Carmichael mine and the special treatment Adani is being given.
RSVP for the rally Here!
We know that governments will do just about anything they can to assist Adani's unviable mine get off the ground. That's why they're planning to pump $1 Billion of taxpayers money into the project using a slush fund.
We have spoken to Mackay people and more than three quarters of them don't want a taxpayer subsidy for the mine.
It's time for people in Mackay to make a public demonstration against the mine. Will you join in our human sign at Lamberts Beach?
We want to make our rally fantastic, so bring your friends, you dog, your neighbours and your Mum & Dad to help make this a huge event.
Mackay Conservation Group says a new Queensland Government report confirms Adani’s coal terminal has polluted the nationally significant Caley Valley wetlands during Cyclone Debbie and shows the company cannot be trusted to operate a mine, rail and port operation in Queensland.
A report commissioned by the Queensland Department of Environment & Heritage Protection (DEHP), which relied on samples taken four weeks after the cyclone, has found up to 10 per cent of sediment in the wetlands near Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal was actually coal that the company allowed to leave its site. This follows Adani being fined $12,900 for polluting the Reef coast. Adani is currently challenging the fine in court.
Mackay Conservation Group coordinator, Peter McCallum, who visited the contamination site at the invitation of DEHP to observe the contamination first hand, said “It was clear to me that there was coal everywhere we looked when we visited the site a month after Cyclone Debbie. This report confirms those observations and makes clear that Adani is not fit to operate a massive coal project in Queensland,” Mr McCallum said.Read more
Active in the region for 30 years, BirdLife Mackay is the region's primary go to group for local bird lovers and enthusiasts.
With their dedication to creating a brighter future for Australian birds, the BirdLife Mackay team is often found monitoring seasonal changes in bird life and their habitat, as well as migratory and endangered species, including the Eungella Honeyeater - which isn’t found anywhere else in the world.
The Group will also be participating in the upcoming Eungella Bird Watching and Bushwalking Festival, taking place later this month from September 25th to October 1st. The event will be jam packed with bushwalks, local market stalls, guest lectures, exhibitions and social evenings, and would be a great opportunity to meet other bird admirers.
BirdLife Mackay has monthly outings on the first Sunday of each month, where they take group members to various bird-abundant locations throughout the region, such as Demoleyns Lagoon and Lake Barfield.
Are you a passionate bird lover? Perhaps you would like to meet and engage with people with similar interests? With spring in the air, and migratory birds in full flight, this could be the perfect time to take this passion to a new level and become a member. It’s free! You can also follow them on Facebook to keep updated with upcoming events and outings, here.Read more
This is part of a national rally to send a message to our politicians that we do not want them spending our $1 billion on a destructive mine that will cook the climate and wreck the Reef.
We will have big banners and signs at the iconic Lamberts beach Lookout and a drone will capture the images. We will then move from the Lookout to Lamberts Beach and will then take the rally into town (you will need your cars!) and hang the banners over the Forgan Smith Bridge.
This needs to be big!! so wear red, bring hat and water, signs if you have some, and get ready to rally and feel the people power as we fight for a viable future.
Meet at the Lamberts Beach Lookout by 9.00am on 7th October and we'll move on from there. There is a small carpark , but plenty of off road parking at the bottom of the hill.
An Inconvenient Sequel is the riveting and rousing follow-up to Al Gore's follow up to An Inconvenient Truth which brought climate change into the heart of popular culture. It shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.
The documentary addresses the progress made to tackle the problem of climate change and Al Gore's global efforts to persuade governmental leaders to invest in renewable energy, culminating in the landmark signing of 2016's Paris Climate Agreement.
Join us at the Mackay City Cinema on Friday 25 August at 9.00pm for a screening of this important movie. Purchase tickets here mackayconservationgroup.org.au/inconvenient
Saving the world isn’t an easy task. However, even the smallest of actions can have a big collective impact. Recently, the United Nations released an article ‘A Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World’ which serves as a splendid reminder that each and every one of us has the power to make change and contribute to the more efficient world we wish to see. A drop in an ocean but an ocean made of drops nonetheless. The message is clear - change begins with you!
From the comfort of your couch to the comfy cushions at a cafe, below we have included some easy breezy tips and tricks of how you can lighten your ecological footprint in your everyday life. Who knows, maybe you will improve you own well-being — as well as our planet along the way.
1. Save electricity
Saving electricity saves resources and saves you money. So turn off the light switches, let your hair and clothes dry naturally, turn off your appliances at the switch when you are done. 90 per cent of the energy used when running your washing machine is used to heat water. Choosing to wash only a full load of clothes with cold water is moving in the direction of being more ecologically effective.
2. Use less water
Here in North Queensland, freshwater isn’t as abundant as our actions may translate, so we need to do what we can to save as much of it as we can. Take short showers, turn the tap off when you are brushing your teeth and don’t bother rinsing the dishes before putting them into the dishwasher.
3. Move away from plastic
We can’t wait for governments to #banthebag, we need to take responsibility to reduce plastic consumption into our own hands. Plastic debris ends up in our waterways & in the bellies of our marine life. Mackay neighbours the most beautiful and diverse reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, and we need to do what we can to protect it. Buy minimally packaged foods. Carry your own water bottle, coffee cup and cutlery and of course remember to take your own bags to the supermarket.
4. Shop local
Shopping local is thinking global. Supporting local business and growers helps keep local people employed and helps prevent trucks and planes driving far distances. Did you know that every Wednesday morning Mackay’s Greater Whitsunday Market exhibits a variety of only local products and produce?Read more