MCG will be represented in this case by EDO NSW, a community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental matters.
MCG is calling for the July 2014 approval to be rendered invalid on the grounds the Minister failed under his duty laid down by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act to take down stream greenhouse gas emissions from the mine into account.
If successful, this test case could change how governments assess fossil fuel projects such as coal mines.
The Queensland government wants to dredge 1.7 million cubic metres from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and then dump this material into settling ponds in the Caley Valley wetlands, wiping out habitat for endangered and migratory birds and risking sediment running back into the Reef.
If you have two minutes, please make a submission to Greg Hunt: https://caleyvalley.good.do/stop-fast-tracking-abbot-point-dredging-and-dumping/send-in-a-submission-to-protect-the-reef-wetlands/
We celebrated another year at the Mackay Conservation Group AGM on December 2nd.
Our final Beautiful Walk for the year was at Black's Beach Spit. The walk was organised and led by new MCG Management Committee member Pierre Craven. We learnt about the unique plants and animals of the spit, including migratory birds, the importance of mangroves and all the different insects that interact with green ants.
We'll be continuing the Beautiful Walks in 2015 so keep an eye out!
In response to news last week that the Queensland government would be forking out hundreds of millions of dollars for Adani's rail project to connect controversial mines in the Galilee Basin with the Abbot Point coal terminal, on 27 November we launched #noadanihandouts, a photo petition to the Queensland government about all the things you'd rather see instead of handouts to massive mining companies.
We’re organising an action and information evening about the Caley Valley wetlands to coincide with our next volunteer meeting. We’ve got great ideas about how you can make a creative submission so please come along!
What: Abbot Point action and information evening
When: 5:30pm, Thursday 27th November
Where: Environment Centre, 156 Wood Street
Ever been to Blacks Beach? Now is your chance!
Join us for our next Beautiful Walk which will explore Blacks Beach - a very special nesting site for Flatback and Green turtles.
Come along to hear from experts about the local turtle populations, the unique life of mangroves and unique vegetation that surrounds the beach. The walk is suitable for all ages as we will be strolling at a leisurely pace. The walk starts at 9am on Sunday 30 November will conclude at approx 10.30am.
To RSVP please go to: http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/blacks_beach
This a FREE event and open to the public.
Meet at the end of Pacific Drive, Blacks Beach at 8.45am for a 9am start.
BRING: Water, Sun protection, Snacks, Mosquito repellent.
At the same time as cutting services and jobs to rebalance the budget, the Qld government is choosing to spend taxpayer dollars propping up a risky investment to boost the profits of a foreign mining company.
Can you call his office today on 07 3719 7000 and say this handout to Adani means less money for schools and hospitals and more reef destruction.Read more
Mackay Conservation Group AGM 2014. An invitation to all interested readers and existing members.
Location: 156 Wood Street, Mackay
It's been a great year for us as we celebrated twenty years at our premises in 156 Wood Street. The Environment Centre was opened in 1994 by Bob Brown. Pictured below is one of MCG's most active members Judy Stewart, preparing props at the Environment Centre for our demonstration at George Christensen's office on Friday. And next year, an even more important date, it is the thirty year anniversary of the Mackay Conservation Group. So much has happened in that time - some great wins and very sad losses but MCG has always stood firm for the environment in this beautiful and rich area.
This year is no exception. It's been a time of growth for the organisation, and we've been at the forefront of some of the most important environmental issues. I look forward to seeing you all at the Mackay Conservation Group Annual General meeting next month for a celebration of the year that was.
Time: 5.30pm, Tuesday 2nd December
Location: 156 Wood Street, Mackay
Follow these links for the agenda for the meeting, and the nomination form. Thanks to Secretary Christine Carlisle for preparing these forms.
Queensland's Government is currently the subject of an unprecedented federal inquiry after a deal between the Palmer United Party, Labor and the Greens. Over the next six months a Senate committee will examine Queensland's use of Commonwealth funds, the administration of the state's judicial system, and questions around development and environmental approvals. You can read the full Terms of Reference here.
The inquiry has a specific focus on approvals for coal and gas projects and provides a unique opportunity to expose the failures of the Qld Government to protect land, water and communities. Even the Queensland government themselves have admitted in an Auditor General's report last year that they do not have the resources, the systems or the data to adequately monitor and regulate resource projects. So there is plenty to talk about.