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Tell Australian Banks not to risk the Reef!

Right now, Australia's big banks are deciding whether to put their money into Abbot Point; a project that would result in 3million cubic, metres of dredge spoil being dumped in the Marine Park. 

The banks must be made aware of the community concerns and the impacts of sea dumping on our Reef, the $6 billion tourism industry, jobs, and our way of life. We have launched a petition calling on Australian Banks not to invest in the Abbot Point expansion – you can sign the petition here.

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Did you know about the legend of the Mackay Monster?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday was a beautiful Winter's day and the Pioneer River was at its best, high tide, when our group of about sixty history explorers headed off along the Pioneer Promenade. There were 10 viewing stages in the walk from the Forgan Bridge to Hospital Bridge. The viewing areas under the large umbrellas were comfortable places for the group to relax and listen to the history of  Cremorne and the Pioneer Bridges.

To download the walk brochure click here.

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Mackay Oral Histories Project

What events have shaped the health of the Mackay coastline? Mackay Conservation Group are calling on the community to share their stories of fishing, reef, ports and leisure along the Mackay coast...

Anyone interested in participating please complete our expression of interest form by clicking here.

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New Barge Shipping Proposal for Hay Point

Well just a week after Dudgeon Point coal terminal was cancelled we were shocked to hear out about new plans to barge up to 30 million tonnes of coal from Hay Point.

Coal will be loaded onto uncovered barges, taken 30km out to sea and transferred to ships within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. This ‘transhipping’ process has not been used for coal in Australia previously.

Check out this video produced by Getup about transhipping in Indonesia.

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Our Historic Pioneer River


Dudgeon Point coal terminal extension: Petition to Queensland Coordinator General

The proposed Dudgeon Point Coal Terminals Project (DPCT) consists of two coal export terminals, and associated infrastructure, with a combined capacity of up to 180 million tonnes per annum.

Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) is concerned about this project and is working to protect our health, our community and the Great Barrier Reef from the threat of the Dudgeon Point Coal Port and the damage it will cause.

The Dudgeon Point coal terminal project will be taken out of the environmental approvals process on 21st June 2014 unless the Queensland Coordinator General Mr. Barry Broe, chooses to extend the approvals process so the coal companies have more time.

Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) has launched a petition to the Queensland Coordinator General calling on him to not extend the time period for the project out of consideration for the residents of Mackay. 

You can sign Mackay Conservation Groups petition by following this link.

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Join us and the birds for the next Beautiful Walk

Join us as we explore Wetlands Walkabout, a beautiful 32 hectare nature reserve in the heart of Mackay. This natural wonderland encompasses tidal and freshwater wetlands and support a stunning display of birds including brolgas, spoonbills and many variety of ducks.
The walk was closed to the public last year but will be opened specially for us on Sunday 25 May. We will meet at 8.30am at the car park on Keeley's Road.

 

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Court case update

On March 28 MCG launched legal action against Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt over his decision to approve the dredging and dumping of dredge spoil for the Abbot Point coal terminal. We had our first day in court on 2nd May, in the Brisbane Federal Court with Judge Dowsett sitting for a 'directions hearing', essentially a chance for all parties to propose timelines. 

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'Wow: A Day Out!'

Over 65 Mackayites gathered for our Beautiful Places Walk off the coast of Shoal Point on Sunday March 30.

The day started with a picnic and then local Morrie Pearson led the group over the sands and towards Little Green Island at low tide. We saw a wonderful array of wildlife including a variety of soft and hard corals (including one affectionately named 'blobby'), crabs, shells and birds.

The event was covered by Channel 7 and the Daily Mercury. The pictures below say it all! For more pictures go to the Mackay Conservation Group facebook page.

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Update on Beautiful Places Walk

An important update on our Beautiful Places walk around Little Green Island!

The weather looks good so we will be going ahead.

The walk itself will not start until 3pm as this is the best time for the tides.

The picnic will start at 12pm, but the walk not until 3pm.

For more information call Moira on 0450 944 114.