Welcome to the first edition of Paperbark for 2019! We hope you have entered the New Year with renewed passion and energy for all things conservation, just as we have! This month we just have a few brief notices to keep you up-to-date...
In this edition:
- Save Hinchinbrook Stall - Strand Night Market
- Help us reach 3,000 signatures!
- 'Defend Our Water' - Skill Up & Campaign Launch
- Postcard Art Exhibition - artworks due 31 January
- Containers for Change - how your recycling could help support us
- Green Drinks - it's back, baby!
- Loo Rolls - a quirky fundraiser that feels good
- Work for AYCC in Townsville
- Volunteers Wanted!
Save Hinchinbrook Stall
NQCC will be at the Strand Night Market on Friday 1st February with our petition to save Hinchinbrook from privatisation. This is an important conservation issue close to the hearts of many - particularly those fortunate enough to have visited this stunning wilderness area. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or so (or as long as you'd like!), email Tarquin ([email protected]) to be added to the roster. Last time we added over 100 signatures to Qld Parliamentary Petition about this issue - that's our number to beat!
Help us reach 3,000 Signatures!
Asking your Qld friends and family to sign the Hinchinbrook Parliamentary Petition will help us get more signatures before it closes on 10th February! Help us to reach 3,000 signatures by the end of the week! You can share this facebook post or copy and paste this link in an email to your networks:
(Your signature is needed on both!)
Defend Our Water: Skill Up and Campaign Launch - Mackay
You are invited to Mackay Conservation Group's Skill Up and Campaign Launch to Defend Our Water from mining giants like Adani.
This is an opportunity to:
- Learn about the national campaign to protect Queensland’s precious water from Adani’s coal mine.
- Meet like-minded people from across central and Northern Queensland ready to take action.
- Supercharge your skills to increase your impact with workshops on speaking with others in your community, social media, and more!
If you are interested in joining a carpool from Townsville to Mackay for this event, please email Tarquin ([email protected]).
Postcard Art Exhibition: Artworks due by 31 January
Over the past few months, we have received a collection of interesting, beautiful environment-themed artworks for our biennial Postcard Art Exhibition and Fundraising Auction. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to those artists/photographers who have already donated, and invite any and all of our supporters to participate, as it's always a fun event to be a part of. You will be hearing more about the Opening, Exhibition and Auction in upcoming newsletters. To donate your postcard-sized artwork, print or photograph, please fill out an entry form and send to:
North Queensland Conservation Council
PO Box 364
Townsville City 4810
Containers for Change
Over the past few months, some generous supporters and volunteers have donated their eligible bottles and cans to NQCC through Queensland's new Container Deposit Scheme. While 10 cents per container may not seem like much, a little community effort goes a long way, and we have been stoked with the support we have received for this fundraiser so far.
If you live in the Townsville area and wish to donate your container deposit refund to NQCC, you can bring your containers to our office at 114 Boundary St, Railway Estate, where our garden bins kindly donated by Garden Waste (1800 888 635) early last year have been put to good use! Alternatively, you can return your containers to a depot close to you and quote our ID number: C100 283 66 to donate your refund.
Green Drinks is Back for 2019!
This popular monthly networking event for people interested in the environment is continuing into 2019, and the first one for this year is just around the corner! Don't forget to join "Green Drinks Townsville" on Facebook to keep up-to-date with events throughout the year.
February's Green Drinks will be hosted by Tangaroa Blue, an organisation focused on the health of our marine environment - so come along and say hi!
Where: Loft Bar (upstairs) at the Seaview Hotel on the Strand (a pleasant 10-minute walk from the Strand Night Market)
When: Friday 1st February from 5.30pm
Loo Rolls That Do Good
Who Gives a Crap is a toilet paper company that donates 50% of its profits towards building toilets for those in need. Its products are also manufactured using environmentally-sustainable resources, including recycled materials and bamboo. Why are we telling you this? While it is convenient and cost-effective to purchase these in bulk (a box of 48 recycled rolls costs only $48), delivery to NQ costs an additional $8. NQCC has made a bulk purchase of these boxes and are charging only $50 a box (a saving of $6 to you), with a small profit going to our organisation. If you are interested in purchasing one of these boxes from us, please email [email protected] to arrange pick-up or delivery.
Employment Opportunity with AYCC
The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is currently looking for a young organiser from Townsville to help develop and deliver their campaigns and projects in North Queensland. The role includes managing a Climate Justice Summit for high school students and working with the local group of young volunteers on a campaign to advocate for clean and fair renewables in North Queensland.
Volunteering Opportunities with NQCC
A shiny new year awaits us, bursting with promise and potential. We know that the best environmental campaigning happens when passionate people get together and make change on the ground - and that's why we need you!
If you have skills in accounting, graphic design, marketing, environmental blogging or letter writing, and would like to volunteer an hour a week (or more, if desired), email [email protected]
We understand that volunteering time or skills isn't always an option, but if you would like to ramp up your support for us this year, you can join our passionate membership base (if you haven't already) or sign up as a monthly donor for as little as five dollars a month.