North Queensland Conservation Council

Our mission is to promote and protect the natural environment of North Queensland. 

Based in Townsville, we advocate on environmental issues within the area roughly bounded by Bowen, Cardwell, the Coral Sea and the Northern Territory border. We are non-government, non-partisan and not-for-profit. We are run entirely by North Queenslanders who live, work and play in this beautiful region and want to see it flourish for many generations to come.

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We are a registered Australian charity and all donations over $2 are tax deductible. 

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live. We acknowledge the strength and knowledge that First Nations people bring to our community and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Please explore this website to learn more about our activities and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch!

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  • From the blog

    Paperbark May 2021

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    Dear Crystal,

    We have a jam-packed edition of Paperbark for you this month, so we recommend setting aside 15 minutes or so to delve into our updates and take a few quick and easy online actions, such as renewing your membership, registering for an event or signing a petition.

    We are currently in the middle of Reconciliation Week, and this year's theme is "More than a word". To help bring this to life, we recommend you check out this practical list of 20 Actions for Reconciliation in 2021.

    We hope you enjoy this month's Paperbark!

    In this edition:

    • NQCC News:
      • Membership fee changes
      • Ministerial Roundtable
      • Climate Strike
      • Alligator Creek update
      • Water Campaign Update
    • Coming Up: 
      • Our Townsville
      • Green Drinks
      • Postcard Art Exhibition
    • In Other News...
      • Pre-budget Assembly with the Deputy Premier
      • Evening with the Minister
      • #StopAdani and Beyond - Online Roadshow
      • Petition: Protect Channel Country from Fracking
      • Microplastic Survey Training Workshop
    • Some Good News - a wrap up of some of the month's good news stories
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    Erosion of Cape Bowling Green

    Dead tree on Cape Bowling Green

    The sand spit off the coast south-east of Townsville that we call Cape Bowling Green has the important job of sheltering the Ramsar-listed (internationally important) wetlands of Bowling Green Bay National Park and the communities of Cungulla and Jerona from the forces of the open ocean.

    Frighteningly, that long, thin sandy cape is currently under threat of being washed away entirely - and the Burdekin Falls Dam could be partly to blame.

    Confusing concept? Using the research of Dr Eric Wolanski and imagery from John Connell and Chris Hopper, this article will help you wrap your head around this important local issue.

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