NQCC's newly formed Climate Action Townsville (CAT) group is a fantastic opportunity for individuals and local organisations to come together and act on Climate Change.
This group is an opportunity for you to step up your role in the climate movement in Townsville and North Queensland!
There are many ways to take action, including some that can be done from the comfort of your own home. You could assist us with social media, letter writing, market stalls, fundraising or something else that suits your interests and skills!
- Attend our fortnightly meetings at 114 Boundary St (or online via Zoom). Come together with like minded people and help organise, plan and implement Climate Action projects, events and activities. These will be held on a Friday afternoons. Check out our Events page for the next one!
- Join our CAT Facebook group share local issues and Climate Action activities and help us educate and inspire our local community to take action.
- Volunteer your time and skills to our projects, campaigns, market stalls, events and more.
- Sign on as a fundraiser. Our 'Cool it for Climate' fundraiser starts 8th March - 8th April 2022. Get active or creative and do something cool for climate while raising vital funds and awareness for climate action.
For more information on how you can get involved in climate action here in Townsville, click here.
Queries? Contact us!
Tiff (Community Engagement & Fundraising): 0428 987 535/[email protected]
Crystal (Coordinator): 0406 421 061/[email protected]
It wouldn't be the start of the silly season without our Annual Trivia Night Fundraiser! This month we invited members and supporters to join us for a night of fun and frivolity, and what a night we had!Read more
This month, NQCC and local tree advocates arranged a meeting with the Townsville Mayor and relevant council staff. Crystal and Joanne met with Mayor Jenny Hill, Matt Richardson (Construction, Maintenance and Operations) and Greg Bruce (Environmental Services) to discuss a way forward with a better process for caring for Townsville's trees.Read more
In Townsville, we marked World Wetlands Day by inviting organisations involved in wetland conservation to share their work with interested members of the community. We are so grateful for the contributions of NQ Dry Tropics, Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare, Wongaloo Conservation Park and the Townsville Dry Tropics Partnership for Healthy Waters, whose representatives volunteered their time to share valuable relevant information with us.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
Can you help us fundraise by recycling?
There are two easy ways for you to donate your 10c refund from eligible bottles and cans to NQCC:
- Drop them off at our office, at 114 Boundary St, Railway Estate in the marked garden waste bins (please ensure lids are removed and check here to ensure your containers are eligible for a refund)
- Take them to your closest refund point and quote our ID number: C100 283 66 (This sends your refund directly to our account!)
In November 2018, after some delay (and 41 years after South Australia), Queensland introduced a Container Deposit Scheme, aimed at reducing litter and improving recycling rates.
For NQCC, this introduced itself as an opportunity to help raise community awareness around the benefits of recycling and the dangers of littering (particularly in waterways) while supplementing our fundraising activities.
Following the kind donation of some garden bins by Jenny and Peter from Garden Waste: 1800 888 635, we started our collection, spreading the word throughout our networks. In the first twelve months of the scheme's operation, NQCC raised over $1,400, thanks to the generosity of our supporters!
Between them, the very low level of Ross Dam, TCC's water restrictions (currently Level 3) and the continuing lack of rain focused unprecedented attention on Townsville's water security from 2015 onwards and particularly from 2016 after the city recorded its driest-ever year in 2015 (2016 was not much better). It seems that most people realise there is no single solution - that we will have to approach the problem on several fronts to fix it - but there is little agreement on priorities.
NQCC published four blog posts under the heading NQCC Water Security Series towards the end of 2016:
- Part 1: Townsville Water Discussion Paper (Gail Hamilton)
- Part 2: Water Wonderland or Pipe Dreams? (Vern Veitch, re Hell's Gate Dam)
- Part 3: Hell’s Gate Dam Forum (Maree Dibella for NQCC)
- Part 4: How will climate change affect Townsville’s water security? (Malcolm Tattersall)
A Case For a Floating Solar Farm in Townsville’s Ross River Dam (Elly Hanrahan) is not nominally part of the series but follows naturally from it.Read more
This study on the viability of a Floating Solar Farm on the Ross Dam is a guest post by Elly Hanrahan, an intern for the North Queensland Conservation Council. All views expressed are the author's and not necessarily those of the NQCC.
Townsville is currently experiencing its driest 11-month period since records began in 1841. With no action on water security from any level of government, desperate residents have formed the newly created Facebook group called ‘Water For Townsville Action Group’ in order to come up with a plan to secure Townsville’s water supply into the future.Read more
This, the fourth post in our water security series, began as a response to the first of them, the Townsville Water Discussion Paper, and addresses an issue which none of the first three looked at. Parts 2 and 3 are here and here. This is a guest post by Malcolm Tattersall. Once again, views expressed are the author’s, not those of NQCC.
When I read Gail Hamilton’s post six weeks ago I agreed with nearly all of it but noticed a gap which was potentially important, i.e. the impact of climate change on our water security: the ‘Regional Water Supply Security Assessment’ from the Department of Water and Energy Supply (2014) (pdf here), upon which she relied for her ‘current situation’ section, didn’t consider climate change effects at all.
That seemed quite odd to me since we know that climate change is with us already on a global level – that most of the hottest years on record have occurred this century, that desertification is a key driver of conflicts in the Middle East, and that sea level rise is drowning low-lying islands and threatening major cities around the world. Some of us have also been feeling, on a much more local and personal level, that Townsville has been having weaker Wet seasons and hotter summers than ever before, and I happened to know, because I looked at it recently, that Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) data backs up our feelings.Read more
This is the third part in a four-part series that discusses issues about water in our region. Read part 1 here. Read part 2 here. Part four asks how climate change will affect our region’s water security.
NQCC hosted a forum about the Hell’s Gate Dam feasibility study currently being conducted by Townsville Enterprise Ltd. NQCC was grateful to have the on-hand expertise of Patricia O’Callaghan (TEL CEO), David Lynch (principal economist for the study) and Jon Brodie (waterways expert). Here is what we were told about the dam and the study, plus questions that came from the audience.Read more