World Wetlands Day 2021

World Wetlands Day 2021 theme

In Townsville, we marked World Wetlands Day by inviting organisations involved in wetland conservation to share their work with interested members of the community. We are so grateful for the contributions of NQ Dry Tropics, Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare, Wongaloo Conservation Park and the Townsville Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters, whose representatives volunteered their time to share valuable relevant information with us.

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Our 2021 Postcard Art Fundraiser!

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NQCC's biennial Postcard Art fundraiser is back! On show at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts from Friday 3 September, all postcard-sized artworks will be auctioned off at the end of the exhibition in mid-October, with all funds supporting our work here in North Queensland!

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Paperbark January 2021

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Welcome to 2021! The year has been off to a strong start for NQCC. We've already met with Queensland's new Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, facilitated our first Green Drinks on the beautiful Magnetic Island and made a submission on the Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Project and Urannah Dam (both available here). 

And yes, you guessed it - we're just getting started! Are you as excited for this year as we are? 

In this edition:

  • NQCC Updates:
    • Ministerial Meeting with Meaghan Scanlon
    • Green Drinks 2021
    • Treasurer Wanted!
    • Container Recycling Update
  • Coming Up: 
    • World Wetlands Day
    • Swim for Our Rivers 
  • Local Heroes:
    • Hunger Strike for Climate
    • Townsville Citizens of the Year
    • Rodney the Unicorn Fish ready for reading
    • Reusables Back on Track
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Swim For Our Rivers!

Swim For Our Rivers!

In March this year, we are joining Mackay Conservation Group's "Swim for Our Rivers" fundraiser, to kickstart the next phase of our campaign to protect the future of the iconic Burdekin.

You are invited to register a team and help us fundraise in the lead up to our exciting Swim-A-Thon on Saturday 20 March at Mundingburra's Kokoda Memorial Pool! Got questions? Check out our FAQ page!

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Paperbark December 2020

With 2020 wrapping up, we'd just like to say a big thank you for being a part of our journey this year.

Here we have some final updates and actions, followed by a little highlights reel from the year that was. Enjoy!

P.S. Did you spot us on the ABC News a few weeks ago? The Great Barrier Reef's conservation status is now "critical". We got to tell the nation exactly what we thought about our Government's inaction on climate change. Read the article here

In this edition:

  • Treasurer wanted
  • Our Islands, Our Home
  • Boomerang Bags update
  • Have your say:
    • Burdekin Falls Dam Raising project
    • Polystyrene ban
  • 2020 Highlights!
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Mayor McLaughlin on Burdekin Catchment Damming

Below is an article published in the Townsville Bulletin on Wednesday 16 December, 2020.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin

Burdekin Mayor, Lyn McLaughlin

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin calls for impact assessment of Burdekin catchment damming

Mikayla Mayoh

A North Queensland mayor has called for an independent body to review the potential impacts of damming the Burdekin River catchment.

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Our Islands, Our Home: Townsville Demonstration

The rally crowd

In late November, NQCC was contacted by Nekina Whap - a local woman with family ties to Lag Mabuiag in Zenadh Kes. She had been following the "Our Islands, Our Home" case, led by the #TorresStrait8 and was personally touched and distressed by the impacts of sea level rise on low-lying islands throughout the Torres Strait. Watching the Australian Government celebrate NAIDOC Week triggered an overwhelming sense of anger for Nekina - "What do we have to celebrate? When this is happening in our country?". She knew she had to bring more attention to the issue.

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Paperbark November 2020

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How has your November been? After such an impossibly long year, it's hard to believe 2020 is beginning to wrap up at last. We hope you enjoy our latest updates and a round-up of some interesting news stories and local activities.

In this edition:

  • November News Overview
  • State Election Update
  • Smart, Clean Futures Roundtable
  • Bushland Beach Clean-Up
  • Trivia Night
  • Green Drinks in 2020
  • Our Islands, Our Home Virtual Town Hall & Townsville March
  • Liz Downes: Queensland Volunteer of the Year
  • Krissy Regan with The Koala Who Lost His Heart
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Liz Downes: Queensland Volunteer of the Year!

Liz Downes at TYTO Wetlands

You might remember that our May Paperbark carried the news that long-time NQCC member Liz Downes had been awarded the “Heart of Volunteering Award” by Volunteering North Queensland at their annual awards in Townsville. On Friday 27 November, Liz's wonderful contributions were propelled even further into the spotlight when she was announced as the winner of Volunteering Queensland's "Volunteer of the Year"!

This is the premier award for volunteers in Queensland, and Liz (also the Vice President of Wildlife Queensland Townsville Branch) was chosen from among 147 other nominations. 

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Great Barrier Reef Clean-Up: Bushland Beach

Bushland beach

We live in one of the most beautiful locations in the world with the iconic Great Barrier Reef Marine Park right on our doorstep, along with many other fragile ecosystems that provide shelter and food for marine animals including many endangered species. Unfortunately these ecosystems and marine animals are under threat not only from the effects of climate change but also from marine debris.

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