North Queensland Conservation Council
Our mission is to promote and protect the natural environment of North Queensland.
We are non-government, non-partisan and not-for-profit. We are run by North Queenslanders who live, work and play in this beautiful region and want to see it flourish for generations to come.
We acknowledge the Wulgurukaba and Bindal Peoples, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live. We recognise the strength and knowledge that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples bring to our wider North Queensland region and pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging. We are committed to growing our connection with First Nations Peoples of our region and furthering our understanding of their unique relationship to Country.
Sharks still under threat
Photo credit: AMCS/HSI/N.McLaughlan
Help North Queensland Conservation Council and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) to urge Queensland's Fisheries Minister Mark Furner to abandon shark culls within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and to instead move to non-lethal methods. Sign this petition to help reach 10,000 signatures! *Warning: graphic image below*Read more
Postcard Art Auction 2019
On Friday the 21st of June, NQCC celebrated our biennial Fundraising Postcard Art Auction for 2019!
Approximately fifty art/environment lovers attended the event at Umbrella Studio (Townsville City), where each of the seventy works generously donated by artists from near and far were auctioned off for prices ranging from $10 to $105. The pieces were postcard-sized (though some were a little larger) and environment-themed. This event saw our five-week long exhibition, titled "Insights Into Our Environment" come to an end. Luckily for you, the artworks are still available to peruse in our online gallery.Read more
Saving corroboree frogs from extinction
Guest post by Tiffany Kosch, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at James Cook University
Southern corroboree frogs (Pseudophryne corroboree) are considered Australia’s most iconic amphibian due to their bright black and yellow coloration. What most people may not realize is that this frog is nearly extinct in the wild. Surveys conducted this year at Kosciuszko National Park found less than 50 frogs remaining. This beautiful frog is susceptible to the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). The chytrid fungus was introduced into the corroboree frog habitat in the 1980’s causing this species to decline steadily until the present day where it would be extinct if not for human intervention. Luckily for corroboree frogs, their declines were noticed right away by scientists, and a captive breeding and reintroduction program was initiated by the Amphibian Research Centre, Taronga Zoo, and Zoos Victoria. Earlier this year, the corroboree frog captive breeding program released over 2000 eggs into the wild.
Southern corroboree frog. Photo: Corey Doughty
Environmental conservation volunteer projects in North Queensland
Here is a directory of different groups providing volunteer opportunities with on-ground conservation or environmental projects in the local region:
Conservation Volunteers Australia projects in Townsville region – check this website to confirm correct dates, meeting location and contact details. Projects include Creekwatch (water quality testing and surveys), Friends of Cape Pallarenda Quarantine Station and native revegetation nursey.Read more