Paperbark September 2020


You may be wondering why you're reading your September Paperbark in October. The answer is quite simple - with so much happening in the lead-up to our AGM, we thought we'd hold out until the Official Business was over before sending you our monthly update. Apologies for the suspense!

There has been a staggering amount of environmental news to report on over the past several weeks, but as this edition of Paperbark is a little longer than usual (jam-packed with updates, opportunities and other interesting stuff), we'll dive right in. 

In this edition:

  • NQCC News:
    • Our AGM 
    • Annual Report
    • Membership Drive Update
    • Burdekin Basin Seminar
    • Green Drinks
    • Trivia Night announcement
  • Local Activities:
    • Solar Citizens yard signs available
    • GBR Clean-Up: Hinchinbrook Island
    • Save the date: Quiz and Solar Farm Tour
  • Online Activism Opportunities:
    • QCC's Power Up Queensland Vision
    • Townsville Alliance Assembly
    • Victor Steffensen's Cultural Fire Webinar
  • Interesting Things:
    • Research survey: exploring the psychological impacts of climate change
    • Umbrella Studio exhibition: "Final Curtain"
    • Compost with your neighbours through ShareWaste
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2020 AGM

NQCC's Backyard AGM

As another September rolls around, it's a great time to reflect and celebrate the activities and achievements of a year gone by. 

On Wednesday night we were joined by twenty-two loyal members in our balmy backyard under the mango tree...

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The Burdekin Basin needs integrated, multi-purpose catchment management

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Media Release: 25/09/2020

The Burdekin Basin needs integrated, multi-purpose catchment

Speaking at seminar held in Townsville last week, eminent scientist John Williams warned that if urgent action is not taken, the Burdekin River could follow the same path to degradation as the Murray Darling River. Professor Williams, Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and founding member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, said that with multiple proposals for new dams on the Burdekin River, action is needed now.

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Paperbark August 2020

August has certainly had its ups and downs as far as the environment is concerned. Here's a quick recap of what has happened this month:

The 22nd of August was World Overshoot Day - that is, the date when humanity will have used "all the biological resources that Earth can renew during the entire year". 

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners delivered Adani an eviction notice and are standing their ground to enforce the eviction, while a second major Korean brokerage announced it would be withdrawing financial backing from Adani's coal projects. 17 global insurers have refused to work on the Carmichael project already, but British firm Aon is brokering a last ditch effort to insure the project. You can tell Aon what you think of this decision by signing this petition or sending this electronic letter.

Into some more positive news, we were excited by the announcement by the Queensland Government regarding their three Renewable Energy Corridors. You can read more about what benefits this announcement has for Queensland in QCC's media release

Other great things that have come out this month include Radio National's "Rear Vision" radio excerpt entitled "Threat of extinction - how Australia's environment law failed" and the ABC's engaging new series, Fight for Planet A (featuring Craig Reucassel - the guy from "The Chaser", "War on Waste" and "EcoFiesta 2019").

Craig Reucassel at Ecofiesta

Jealous, anyone?

In this edition:

  • NQCC News:
    • State Election Campaigning - volunteers wanted!
    • Membership Drive Update
    • 2020 AGM announcement: Wed 30 September
    • Green Drinks 
    • iMac for Sale
  • Online Activism Opportunities:
    • QCA Civic Academy online
    • North Queensland Waste Strategy
    • Our Islands, Our Home
    • Power Up Queensland
    • Reef 2050 Review
  • Local Activities:
    • A Walk on the West Side with MINCA 
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Focus on All Dam Plans

This letter was printed in the Townsville Bulletin on Thursday 6 August 2020.

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Paperbark July 2020

Welcome to July's Paperbark! Read on for some of the environmental news highlights of the month before plunging into NQCC's exciting news and events...

After some delay, Independent Reviewer Graeme Samuel has released the EPBC Act Review Interim Report. The report finds severe deficiencies in the department's processes, and recommends an "independent cop" to oversee our national environmental laws. However this recommendation has already been rejected by the Federal Government, because who wants independent oversight?. Meanwhile, a university student from Melbourne has sued the Australian Government for not disclosing the financial risks of climate change. 

The Queensland Community Alliance (QCA) has announced their "Maroonprint" for Queensland's COVID-19 recovery, with environmental conservation playing a significant role. This month also saw our State Government move to ban single-use plastic and commit $10 million in funding for priority environmental projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments.

Meanwhile, here in NQ, Collinsville's proposed coal-fired power station continues to make headlines and flying foxes are being removed from their roost in Charters Towers using controversial methods. 

In this edition:

  • NQCC News:
    • Hells Gates Dam and Burdekin River Campaign Update
    • State Election Campaign: info session coming up!
    • Volunteers wanted!
    • Membership drive update
    • The Story of Plastic: backyard screening
    • Green Drinks (Fri 14 August)
  • Member of the Month
  • Other News and Opportunities:
    • Solar Citizens new Townsville shopfront
    • Don't tax the sun!
    • Townsville Yellow Crazy Ant Taskforce 
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The Story of Plastic: Backyard Screening

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THE STORY OF PLASTIC is a 90-minute film that takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it. The film illustrates the ongoing catastrophe and features interviews with experts and activists on the front lines of the fight. With engaging original animation, archival industry footage beginning in the 1930s, and first-person accounts of the unfolding emergency, the film distills a complex problem that is increasingly affecting the planet’s and its residents’ well-being.

THE STORY OF PLASTIC is presented by The Story of Stuff Project, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the way that we make, use, and throw away Stuff so that it is more sustainable, healthy, and fair.

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Dam Study is Flawed

This letter was printed in the Townsville Bulletin on Monday 27 July 2020.

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Hells Gates Dam: July 2020 Update

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Turbid water below Burdekin Falls Dam (NQCC field trip, June 2020)

As more information comes to light from feasibility studies into the construction of Hells Gates Dam, it becomes ever clearer that this proposal is not only economically unfeasible but also a significant risk to the health of the Burdekin River and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - particularly when considered alongside other projects proposed for the river system.

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Paperbark June 2020

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Welcome to June's edition of Paperbark! Yes, this shocking year is halfway through. This month we've seen a renewed push from Whitsundays MP Jason Costigan for a coal-fired power station in Collinsville (without a feasibility study) while Townsville's Sun Metals is powering ahead with a green hydrogen facility - a potentially exciting new industry for North Queensland. The discussion around "just transitions" continues, as state and federal governments struggle to commit to socially and environmentally responsible economic recovery strategies. 

This month we were also deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Jon Brodie, and dedicate this edition of Paperbark to his courage and his dedication to science and conservation.

In this edition:

  • Dr Jon Brodie Remembered
  • Updates from the Team
    • State Election Campaign
    • Membership Drive
    • Climate Conversations 
  • Coming up in July
    • Green Drinks
    • Plastic Free July
    • Film Screening
  • Online Activism
  • Other News and Events
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