UpRiver - The story of the Franklin Blockade

UpRiver_lecture_image_small.jpgYou're invited to a free lecture by Alice Hungerford, author of UpRiver, the story of the Franklin River blockade that pushed Australia's environmental movement to the centre of political decision making.

Places are limited, to book click here

UpRiver reveals the untold stories of over 60 activists who came to the Franklin and Gordon rivers in 1982, and stayed to non-violently defend one of the truly wild places of this earth.

Share the experiences of people who came and stayed in the harsh wilds of South-West Tasmania for almost nine months — from the smoky campfires, lentil stew, endless rain and over 1200 arrests, to a change in the Federal Government, a High Court battle and bulldozers finally leaving the rugged Tasmanian wilderness — UpRiver weaves together the stories of photos and songs collected from activists from one of the largest coordinated direct actions in Australia's history.

Mackay Environment Centre, 156 Wood St, Mackay

6.30pm Thursday 17 August 2017

RSVP essential: mackayconservationgroup.org.au/upriver


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Guarding the Galilee - Film Screening

Guarding_the_Galilee_poster.jpgMackay Conservation Group, is once again hosting a screening of the documentary Guarding the Galilee on Thursday 3 August from 6:30pm at Environment Centre, 156 Wood St Mackay

Bookings essential: RSVP HERE

Admission: $5 (cover costs of drinks and snacks provided)

All across Australia people are working to stop the Carmichael mega-mine going ahead. If it is built it will be the biggest, most destructive, coal project Australia has ever seen. The mine will damage the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Artesian Basin and destroy the largest remaining habitat for the Black Throated Finch.

Presented by Queensland born actor Michael Caton, Guarding the Galilee is a powerful 30 minute documentary that focuses on the battle to stop the Adani’s Carmichael project, providing significant insights into why the never ending claims of “JOBS JOBS JOBS” doesn’t paint the whole picture.

There will be a Q & A session and community discussion taking place after the film so we encourage everyone in the community to come along. 

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Shoal Point - Low Tide Beautiful Walk 2017

IMG_0229_small.jpg23 July 2017, 3pm-5pm

It has been a while since we held a Beautiful Walk so we decided to begin again with one of our favourites, at Shoal Point. We have timed this walk to coincide with a very low tide when all of sandy and rocky foreshore will be exposed.

You'll see lots of amazing creatures such as this feather star. Feather stars are crinoids and related to starfish and sea urchins. They have been described as "the most peaceful and beautiful starfish." It is very pleasing to watch their delicate tentacles wave in the tidal currents as they capture their food.

RSVP here: http://www.mackayconservationgroup.org.au/shoal_point_beautiful_walk_2017

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Monthly Meeting - Tuesday 9 May 2017

IMG_0530.jpgMackay Conservation Group is a member driven organisation. The monthly members meeting is your chance to meet other members and to have a say about how we work. 

May 09, 2017 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Mackay Environment Centre
156 Wood St
Mackay, Qld 4740


This month's guest speaker at our monthly meeting is Luke Galea from Mackay Regional Council speaking about the council's plans to improve the quality of urban stormwater.
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Documentary — Guarding the Galilee

Guarding_the_Galilee_poster_small.jpgOn Wednesday, 26 April, Mackay Conservation Group is hosting a free screening of the film 'Guarding the Galilee' at CQ University, Ooralea, and we really want to see you and your friends there. This film will inform you about the wide range of impacts that are about occur on our doorstep as a result of the Adani Carmichael mine. It leaves you with hope that together we can change the course of history.

Guarding the Galilee is a 30 minute documentary on the battle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, Adani’s Carmichael project. Presented by Queensland born actor Michael Caton, the award-winning documentary team capture the raw beauty of Central Queensland, where Adani’s mine threatens essential water resources, our farmers and of course our already fragile Great Barrier Reef.

To book your free ticket, click here

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Slade Point Reserve Beautiful Walk


Teal St, Slade Point

1.45pm Saturday 30 July 2016

The Mackay Conservation Group is holding its third Beautiful Walk for 2016.

This walk will be held at the Slade Point Reserve and we will meet at the end of Teal Street in Slade Point.

We will guide everyone along the track through Moreton Bay ash forest, weeping paperbarks and grasslands, with the opportunity to learn about bird life, plant species, as well as conservation projects that are ongoing and the establishment of the reserve. Keep an eye out and you might spot a Black-faced monarch or one of the other 130 species of birds that live here. 

Please ensure you bring along a hat, mosquito repellent, a water bottle, as well as your family and friends. Come and explore this hidden gem, we hope to see you there!

You can RSVP here.

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POSTPONED: Slade Point Reserve Beautiful Walk



The Mackay Conservation Group is holding its third Beautiful Walk for 2016 at Slade Point Reserve.

Slade Point Reserve contains the only coastal dune and wetland systems close to Mackay. Come and explore this hidden gem!

Learn about the conservation history of this special place as we wander through Moreton bay ash forest, weeping paperbarks and grasslands. Keep an eye out and you might spot a Black-faced monarch or one of the other 130 off birds that live here.

This event is open to the public and totally free. 

This walk will be held at the Slade Point Reserve and will take all walkers through the circuit, with informal addresses about bird life, plant species, conservation projects that are ongoing and the establishment of the reserve.

Don't forget your mosquito repellant, walking shoes, sunscreen and sun protection, water, snacks & your friends and family!

July 09, 2016 at 1.45pm - 4pm

Slade Point Reserve, Teal Street, Slade Point


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Shellgrit Creek Beautiful Walk

walk.jpgCalling all MCG peeps and Mackay locals! RSVP to come along to our second Beautiful Walk for 2016.

We will be meeting at Quota Park (crnr of Binnington Esplanade and Bridge Road) and walking all the way down to the mouth of Shellgrit Creek.

Some of the topics we may be hearing about include the history of Far Beach, environmental impacts that affect the area, natural foods as well as a small splash of bird watching (speaker list will be posted at a later date).

Far Beach ajoined mouth of the Pioneer River until a large cyclone, Eline, changed the course of history and the river. We can see evidence of the dynamic coastline of Mackay on this walk.


Numbers are limited, so book early.

Make sure you bring a hat and a water bottle. See you there!

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Town Beach Beautiful Walk

Last weekend we took a little walk along the northern end of Town Beach to a part of the coast not often visited. It is a small part of the coastline that shows what the shoreline looked like before the extensive modifications in the 1960s. Once again our volunteer experts were a great asset, explaining the relationships between different aspects of the environment.

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Beautiful Walk at the Botanic Gardens

If you're coming along to the Beautiful Walk this Sunday at the Botanic Gardens, we're meeting at the South Sea Islander Hut. Call Peter on 0402 966 560 for more info.



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