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!Read more
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!
Below is an article published in the Townsville Bulletin on Wednesday 16 December, 2020.
Burdekin Mayor, Lyn McLaughlin
Mayor Lyn McLaughlin calls for impact assessment of Burdekin catchment damming
A North Queensland mayor has called for an independent body to review the potential impacts of damming the Burdekin River catchment.Read more
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.Read more
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
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.Read more
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.Read more
2020 may be remembered for a lot of bad things, but if there is one memory that sparks joy and laughter when we look back on this time, we hope it is our infamous Annual Fundraising Trivia Night!Read more
Media Release: 2/11/2020
Dams plan was a political fizzer
The outcome of last weekend’s Queensland election shows that voters could not be swayed by the promise of the biggest dam building program in Australia’s history.
The LNP promised to build a major new dam on the Burdekin River to irrigate dry lands in the interior of Queensland. The scheme would have cost tens of billions of dollars and led to unsustainable reductions in freshwater flowing to coastal ecosystems, including estuaries that fisheries depend upon.
The policy was targeted at voters in key electorates in Townsville. In an announcement in August, LNP leader Deb Frecklington said “the biggest benefit will be felt in Townsville” and “[the] project that will secure Townsville’s economic future for generations to come”. Voters returned ALP candidates in all three Townsville seats with swings of about three per cent.Read more
With the state election upon us, it's been a pretty hectic time! We've been busy advocating for the environment in meetings with MPs and candidates, producing our Environment Report Card and even joining a colourful media launch behind QCC's "Power Up Queensland" Report!
While the next few years of Queensland's environmental policies hang in the balance this weekend, we know that we have a lot of work to do, regardless of the outcome. Luckily, we have a broad and powerful network of supporters in people like you.
You can show your support in a number of ways, such as participating in some of our events! There are some exciting things coming up in November and we hope that you can get involved in some way.
Please enjoy this edition of Paperbark...
In this edition:
- NQCC News:
- Qld Environment Report Card
- Power Up North Queensland
- Upcoming Events
- Bushland Beach Clean Up
- Fundraising Trivia Night!
- Final Green Drinks of 2020
- Local Activities:
- Climate Quiz & Solar Farm Tour
- Online Activities:
- Community Organising Training