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.
Are George Christensen and the Federal government tricking the Queensland public while treating Adani to Australia’s grazing land, precious water resources and now the Caley Valley wetlands?
On Friday October 31st around thirty supporters and members of Mackay Conservation Group gathered outside George Christensen’s office to protest Greg Hunt’s decision to fast track the proposal to dump dredge spoil in the Caley Valley wetlands at Abbot Point.
As you can see from our previous posts, Mackay Conservation Group has been working on this issue for years with concern over the impact of port developments on this precious area.
And worse, the Queensland taxpayer is footing the bill for the development, even though it is for private mining companies with ALL of the profits going off shore! Is this a good use of taxpayers funds?
The Queensland government maintains that the coal industry is necessary to fund schools and hospitals in our great State. But what’s the truth?Read more
Hunt fast tracks Abbot Point coal terminal project after pressure from Queensland government
Greg Hunt has today decided that dredging and dumping for the controversial Abbot Point project does not need to go through a full environmental impact assessment.
The Queensland government has a proposal to dredge 1.7 million cubic metres from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, and dump the spoil into the adjacent Caley Valley wetlands.
‘The Queensland government wants to start dredging for the Abbot Point coal terminal next March and so has pressured Greg Hunt to fast track the process, stating that it can be assessed quickly on ‘preliminary documentation,’ said Co-ordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, Ellen Roberts.
As you may have seen in the news, last Friday Jeff Seeney made a formal request to the Federal government for approval to dump dredge spoil on land. This comes after weeks of media speculation and an adjournment to our case until the onshore dumping is resolved.
Patricia Julien and Mackay Conservation Group have been working on the issue of the Caley Valley wetlands for many years now. See for example this story in 2012, when Patricia and Tub Wilson raised concerns about what coal port expansion would mean for the wetlands.
Pictured below: Patricia being interviewed at the wetlands in 2012, and right a pair of painted snipes
Patricia from Mackay Conservation Group is an active part of a national campaign for better air quality standards in Australia. From our friends at Nature Conservation Council of NSW:
Air pollution makes us sick. Stricter standards must be set and enforced to protect the 3,000 Australians who die prematurely from air pollution each year and the many thousands more who suffer ongoing health impacts.
Right now, Australia’s environment ministers are considering new pollution standards that would better protect our most polluted communities and most vulnerable community members.
Have your say by sending an email or submission to the Environment Ministers. Follow this easy online email form here: http://www.nature.org.au/get-involved/take-action/clear-the-air-australia-needs-stricter-air-pollution-standards
If you want to do a more detailed submission, click Read More to be taken to a more detailed submission guide.