Paperbark June 2019

Well, it looks like we've made it to the end of June - what an action-packed month it has been! Thank you for your support throughout this month! From engaging with us via social media, attending our events or contributing to our fundraising efforts, we couldn't have done everything we have without you!

If you are yet to renew your membership for 2019/2020, you may receive a phone call in the coming weeks, but if you're not sure you can email [email protected] to check your membership status. If you would like to renew online, go here

Drawing towards the end of June means that this financial year is almost over (seriously, where did it go?). As such, you only have a few days for any donations to count towards this year's tax deduction. You can donate online here

In this edition:

  • June in Review
    • Palm Creek Folk Festival
    • Climate Concert
    • Art Auction
  • Upcoming Events
    • Plastic-Free July
    • Green Drinks
    • JCU O-Week Market

June in Review

Palm Creek Folk Festival (7 - 9 June)

Thanks to all those who stopped by to say hi, sign our petition to #SaveOurNationalParks, or just to get a polaroid photo taken on our (almost legendary) rainbow couch! We engaged with so many attendees of this year's festival, many of whom were pleased to have somewhere to take their concerns for the environment in this current climate of mass extinctions and political inaction.

Climate Concert (Sunday 16 June)

For the first time, the Queensland Government offered grants to not-for-profits and community groups to run activities throughout the state for Climate Week. We took on the opportunity to engage with a wider range of Townsville locals by bringing people together through live entertainment in what we dubbed a "Climate Concert".

At the event, we surveyed over 80 people regarding their thoughts and feelings on climate change. All respondents have gone into the draw to win a $100 voucher for Palm House at The Ville. The winner will be drawn shortly, and all respondents will be notified via email. 

We would like to extend a very warm THANK YOU to all of our presenters, performers and volunteers, as well as the Queensland State Government for funding and encouraging this event and others like it!

Postcard Art Auction (Friday 21 June)


This popular biennial event was a long time coming, but at long last we gathered a crowd for drinks and tasty snacks to auction off postcard-sized, environment-themed artworks to raise important funds. Our Treasurer proudly reports that our profits for the night totalled well over $2,000! It was a great event and a vibrant crowd, and the artworks all found loving new homes.

Thank you so sincerely to each and every artist who contributed to our exhibition - your works have brought delight to so many people, and have helped bring the art community and the environment community together! 

Thank you also to the staff at Umbrella Studio for really driving this event despite being so heavily impacted by February's wet weather and experiencing so many months of uncertainty as a result. 

Sincere gratitude also to all of the volunteers who contributed their time and energy to make the event such a success! Our thanks goes out to Louise, Penelope, Cam, Linda, Malcolm, David, Phil, Taryn and Phaedra - with a special mention to George, our main auctioneer and Megan, who prepared the tasty refreshments.

Finally, thanks goes to all those who added to their art collection and in doing so supported our work for the environment!

Upcoming Events

After an event-filled June, July will be a chance for us to focus on our campaign activities and recharge for the second half of the calendar year. Nonetheless, there are still ways for you to get involved in our activities... 

Plastic-Free July 

Are you planning on taking on the challenge? We'll be sharing hints, tips, ideas and thoughts about the importance of reducing plastic waste this month on social media, so make sure you're following us on Facebook and Twitter to join the conversation.

Green Drinks

Join us on Friday the 12th of July at the Fish Inn (near the Rockpool) for Green Drinks from 5.30pm. This month we'll be hearing from Linda Ashton from 'Water for Townsville'. If you are interested in learning what this advocacy group is all about, come along and have your questions answered! Email [email protected] if you would like to make a short presentation at any upcoming Green Drinks.

JCU O-Week (Wednesday 31 July)

If you're hanging out at JCU for Semester 2 O-Week, come and say hi at our market stall! If you would like to be involved (or have any super cool ideas to share), email [email protected]

Yours naturally,


On behalf of the team at
North Queensland Conservation Council

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