Reef Pollution: Adani can't dodge responsibility for breaking the law
Adani cannot wipe its hands of responsibility for polluting the Great Barrier Reef and the precious Caley Valley wetlands with coal-laden water from its port at Abbot Point, says Mackay Conservation Group today.
Adani today indicated they would be pleading not guilty in Bowen Magistrates Court to breaching its pollution licence and polluting the Great Barrier Reef in 2017, with a hearing date set for July 22.
Peter McCallum, Co-ordinator of Mackay Conservation Group, said, “There’s clear evidence Adani breached its emissions licence, which led the Queensland government to pursue court action.
“The miner can try deny responsibility, but decision-makers should take note that Adani’s list of wrongdoings keep multiplying like weeds.Read more
Record breaking heatwaves and drought continue to cripple Queensland. Meanwhile both major parties are letting Adani get away with plans to extract billions of litres of water from our rivers and underground reservoirs every year to run their mega coal mine.
With a Federal election just around the corner, now is a critical time to join the community push to stop Adani from sucking our state dry. That’s why Queenslanders are uniting to launch an exciting new campaign to Defend Our Water and #StopAdani.
Join community members from across central Queensland for the Defend our Water campaign launch and campaign workshop on February 17. Get equipped with all the intel and skills you need to #StopAdani destroying our water.
Supporters of the project will have us believe that Adani is the best thing since sliced bread and is backed by 100% support from places like Mackay, Townsville and Rockhampton.
By coming together, raising our voices and showing what’s at risk from Adani’s mega mine we can tell a different story - that Queenslanders reject Adani’s false promises and demand a better future for our state.
Join us for this special one day event to:
- Learn about the new national campaign to protect Queensland’s precious water from Adani’s coal mine
- Meet like-minded people from across central and Northern Queensland ready to take action
- Supercharge your skills to increase your impact with workshops on the everything from the impacts of the mine to speaking with others in your community, social media, and more!
It’s on Sunday February 17 from 9am to 5pm in Mackay and hosted by our friends at Mackay Conservation Group and Lock the Gate Alliance. People will be travelling from Townsville to Rockhampton and everywhere in between to be there.
Accommodation can be arranged for those staying from out of town and lunch and snacks will be provided for an optional donation of $10
P.S. Spread the word by inviting your friends on Facebook.
One of the reasons for the success of Mackay Conservation Group over more than three decades is that we have had talented and stable leadership. For the past 27 years Dr Michael Williams, has been MCG's president while maintaining a busy schedule as a paediatrician. He has led the group though many campaigns, offering rational advice and clarity to our organisation. He will continue playing a part in the group as a member of our management committee and as an advocate for environmental protection.
Michael joined the group back in the 1980s when we offered support to the campaign to prevent a road being bulldozed through the Daintree rainforests in Far North Queensland. At the time the conservative Bjelke-Petersen government was busily ramping up its coastal development agenda with over 30 marina proposals, including one that would have demolished the Slade Point sand dunes and melaleuca forests. MCG worked successfully with a range of other groups to have the Slade Point dunes and wetlands protected.
Lets make 2019 the year we Stop Adani!
Getting involved is as easy as showing up to our next organising meeting at the Mackay Conservation Group office at 5.30pm Thursday the 7th of February.
Join the Mackay Stop Adani team today to get involved with our rapidly growing campaign team of writers, event organisers, stall holders, campaign coordinators, social media warriors, community campaigners and dedicated volunteers.
Can't make the meeting? Sign up to join the campaign here and one of our organisers will call you.
Lets make 2019 the year we Stop Adani!
Getting involved is as easy as showing up to our next organising meeting at the Mackay Conservation Group office at 6pm Thursday the 17th of January. You can RSVP Now!
This is your opportunity to get involved with our rapidly growing campaign team of writers, event organisers, stall holders, campaign coordinators, social media warriors, community campaigners and dedicated volunteers.
Can't make the meeting? Sign up for the campaign here and one of our organisers will contact you.
Adani in court today for breaching their ‘special’ pollution licence
New poll reveals Central Queensland voters oppose the Qld government granting special deals to Adani on roads, royalties and water
Mackay Conservation Group released polling today that shows the majority of Central and North Queensland voters want government subsidies for Adani withdrawn. The group delivered a letter to local MP, Julieanne Gilbert, calling on the Queensland Government to cancel what amounts to nearly $500 million in subsidies.
Peter McCallum, Co-ordinator of Mackay Conservation Group said, “It’s disturbing that governments trust Adani to push ahead with a mine at a time when they’re being prosecuted in court for polluting the Great Barrier Reef with coal.
“Last year the Queensland government granted Adani a favour and issued a special licence to allow them to pour coal-laden water into one of the world’s greatest natural assets, the Great Barrier Reef, and Adani failed to even comply with that.
“Today the Mackay Conservation Group is releasing new Reachtel polling in three federal electorates in regional Queensland, conducted on 30 November.
“The polling of voters in Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay reveals more that 60.0% of respondents strongly oppose the Queensland government giving Adani special deals, which allow the company to avoid paying a reported $370 million in royalties and offers Adani a $100 million publicly-funded road upgrade and a licence to take unlimited water for 60 years.Read more
If there’s a single lesson for politicians from last week’s Victorian election it is that voters want political parties to develop rational policies and stand by them. Despite a major scare campaign around law and order, the ALP leader, Daniel Andrews, stuck to his reasoned platform and was rewarded with a hugely increased majority. He displayed leadership and authority over his party, maintaining a steady course all the way to polling day. With a federal election looming there must be more than a few MPs and candidates contemplating their future in the light of the Victorian result.Read more
It is said that ‘insanity’ is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. We have been told that the next big thing for our region is yet another feasibility study for the Urannah dam. That study will be the 19th attempt since 1967 to shuffle the cards and come up with a winning economic hand.
What is even more irrational is that the Federal Government paid $3 million of taxpayers’ money to have those cards reshuffled. Of course there’s a chance that this time the economic analysis may say something different to the previous 18 attempts. Maybe there’s a way to sell the water from Urannah dam to someone who’s willing to pay enough to recoup the dam’s construction and running costs. The only industry that can do that is mining.
Sign our petition https://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/protect_urannah_creekRead more
7 November 2018
Mackay Conservation Group has launched a campaign against a Queensland Government plan to allow private tourism development in three of the state’s iconic national parks.
Last month the Tourism Minister, Kate Jones, issued a statement calling for expressions of interest from private tourism operators to build accommodation and conduct private walking tours in Hinchinbrook, Whitsunday Islands and Great Sandy national parks.
In a document on a government website, private developers are being offered 30 year exclusive leases on current national park land plus a 30 year option. The government will also fast track the assessment process. In the case of Whitsunday Islands national park the government is also offering private developers a $5 million subsidy to assist with accommodation construction.
Mackay Conservation Group has launched a petition, which has collected over 700 signatures, calling on the state government to scrap its plans.Read more