Paperbark February 2021

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For us, February kicked off with World Wetlands Day, followed by a lovely Green Drinks gathering, a mention in Wild magazine, a temporary Facebook ban and the registration of our first teams for our Swim for Our Rivers fundraiser. What a month! 

We look forward to your support as we launch into March! There are a few fun ways to get involved this month: participate in our Clean Up Australia Day event, get creative for our Postcard Art Exhibition and of course, get behind our Swim teams as they raise money and are put to the test on Saturday 20 March!

In this edition:

  • NQCC Updates:
    • World Wetlands Day
    • Green Drinks 
    • Wild Magazine: Luxury Lodges = Wilderness Lost
    • Treasurer Position Available
  • Coming Up: 
    • Clean Up Australia Day
    • Swim for Our Rivers
    • Postcard Art Wanted
  • Online Activities:
    • Tell Siemens to Reject Adani
    • Resources Dept. Community Information Session


Coming Together on World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day audience

Tuesday 2 February was World Wetlands Day! To celebrate these marvellous ecosystems, we invited representatives from a range of wetland-oriented organisations to share their photos, stories, knowledge and achievements with interested members of the community.

Organisations represented on the day included: NQ Dry Tropics, Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare, Wongaloo Conservation Park, Townsville Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters and BirdLife Townsville.

We really appreciate the support of our attendees and the generosity of everyone who contributed to the event! For photos and links to the organisations above, check out our blog post...

Green Drinks

Green Drinks poster

Green Drinks is an informal and friendly networking event for people who care for the environment.

Our next Green Drinks is pencilled in for Friday 12 March, but the venue is to be confirmed. We will be in touch with all the details!

To receive updates about each monthly event, make sure you're on our Green Drinks mailing list or have joined the Green Drinks Townsville Facebook Group!

National Parks Feature in Wild Magazine

National Parks article in Wild magazine

If you are a Wild subscriber, you may have seen NQCC mentioned in the latest edition, in an in-depth article (part one of two) regarding ecotourism development in Australia's National Parks.

If you haven't read it yet, we definitely recommend a read! It provides a great background and overview of the issues facing protected areas throughout the country.

This is an issue we have followed closely (particularly regarding the development proposal on Hinchinbrook Island National Park) and one that we continue to monitor stringently. 

Treasurer Wanted!

We want you!

Are you ready to take on a new adventure with NQCC? Are you familiar with finances and have a keen eye for detail?

We are looking for a volunteer with a financial background including skills in basic bookkeeping. As NQCC Treasurer you will become an important member of our dedicated and hardworking Management Committee.

You will need to spend a nominal 2 to 3 hours per week in liaising with NQCC’s bookkeeping service and maintaining the NQCC financial records. You should also have a passion for protecting our environment.

Email Peter Hanley <[email protected]> with your expression of interest!


Step Up to Clean Up @ Pallarenda Park

Pallarenda Clean Up

On Sunday 7 March we'd love you to join us to help clean up the Pallarenda beach area for Clean Up Australia Day!

We will kick off at 8am at Freemason’s Pallarenda Park until 12:30pm. You are welcome to attend at anytime during this event and for as long as you are able.

From around 10.30am we will be sorting the debris we collect and recording data for entry into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database. This part of the event is great for people who are unable to physically help with debris collection but would still like to contribute their time to making a difference.

Swim/Splash/Float For Our Rivers!

Swim for Our Rivers!

Our Swim for Our Rivers fundraiser, run in conjunction with Mackay Conservation Group, will help us build our capacity to ensure the best future possible for rivers like the beautiful Burdekin!

We're off to a great start with our first six teams registered and fundraising! There is still time to register a team (or join one of the others), so if you've been thinking about dipping your toe into this event, we encourage you to dive on in! 

Want to help out in another way? We are also looking for donors, sponsors and volunteers for our swimming event!

We've booked out Kokoda Memorial Pool for the afternoon of Saturday 20 March, where we'll be holding a fun day for our teams to celebrate their fundraising achievements, with games, challenges and prizes to be won. Spectators welcome! 

Want more info? Visit our FAQs page and read the story about our campaign and what the money is going towards here

Helpful hint: to donate directly to a team, follow the link below then find the team you'd like to support. Go to their team page and THEN hit "donate". 

Postcard Art Wanted!

Artworks wanted!

NQCC's biennial Postcard Art fundraiser is on for 2021! On show at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts from early September, all postcard-sized artworks will be auctioned off at the end of the exhibition, with all funds supporting our work here in North Queensland!

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the exhibition and auction, as well as artists to donate small works of art!

This year's theme is "Nature: the wonder and the tragedy".

To be a nature-lover has come to mean living out a tragic love story. How do we balance the overwhelming wonderment of our natural world with the heartache of its immense suffering? Conservation is key.


Tell Siemens to Reject Adani

To become operational, the Adani mine relies on a key piece of train signalling technology that only German engineering giant Siemens is willing to provide.

Now, evidence of at least four of the mining giant's environmental breaches could trigger the exit clause in Siemens’ contract with Adani. By making this headline news across the world, you can force Siemens to stick to its word and review the contract.

Online Community Info Session: Dept. of Resources

From 2pm on Thursday 18 March, the Department of Resources is hosting a free Online Resource Community Information session targeting Mt Isa and the North West Minerals Province.

Find out more about resource activities in the Mt Isa and NWMP at this free Online Resource Community Info Session where expert speakers will provide an update on Mineral activity in the region and talk on land access and dispute resolution relating to exploration and mining.

Do you have a story, activity or event to share with your fellow Paperbark readers? Email [email protected].

Thanks as always for your wonderful support, whatever that looks like.

Yours naturally,

Crystal, on behalf of NQCC


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