Port of Townsville Expansion

Click here to view the Additional Environmental Impact Statement for the Port expansion.

Click here to make a submission using the online submission portal.

NQCC’s action on port expansion

Media alert for Port forum 24 October “Community gathers about Port expansion plans”

Media release 19 October “The Port’s muddy plan for local waters just got bigger

Community forum at Magnetic Island RSL 26 October – RSVP here.

port expansion plans

  • new deepwater outer harbour
  • 6 x additional berths in new harbour
  • deepening and widening of existing approach channels
  • reclamation of 152 hectares of existing harbour for new berths, bulk cargo storage and a rail loop. [1]
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Part 2 NQCC Water Security Series – Water Wonderland or Pipe Dreams?

This is the second part in a three-part series that discusses issues about water in our region. Read part 1 here. Part three will be a summary report of information shared by Townsville Enterprise Ltd. about the Hell’s Gate Dam feasibility study at our forum that was held on 10 October. 

Guest post written by Vern Veitch. All views expressed are the author’s and not the official opinion of NQCC.

With Townsville in a drought and under Level 3 water restrictions, the public are asking a lot of questions. Water falls out of the sky so why does it cost so much? Why don’t we just build another dam? If the dams are on higher ground, then why does water have to be pumped?

Mainstream media in Townsville certainly muddies the waters by publishing half-truths and not publishing all the really important bits of information. Through a concerted media effort, the public has been led to believe that Hell’s Gate is the answer to endless and cheap water. Continue reading “Part 2 NQCC Water Security Series – Water Wonderland or Pipe Dreams?”

Townsville Divestment Day 2016

On Friday 7th October, NQCC coordinated the Townsville event for National Divestment Day. We went to our banks and gave them the message that if they continue to choose fossil fuels, then we will choose a different bank.

Customers turned out across Australia on the 7th and 8th of October 2016 to demand real climate change action from their bank! ANZ, Commonwealth Bank, NAB and Westpac were held accountable to the fact that they promised climate change action but continued to fund the expansion of the dirty fossil fuel industry. Accounts were closed, cards cut up and more letters of warning from customers who are ready to move their money if the banks don’t deliver real climate change action.

Jordan and Jacob closed their bank accounts with NAB because they aren’t happy to be customers of a bank that invests in fossil fuel projects.


Courtney and Maree went to the Commonwealth Bank and handed letters to the manager, telling them they are putting their bank “on notice”. That means that if the bank doesn’t take better action on distancing itself from fossil fuel investments, Courtney and Maree will choose to move to another bank. They also wrote another letter, that applauded the efforts of Commonwealth Bank in withdrawing from it’s financial advisory role to the Adani Carmichael mega coal mine, but asked the bank to go one step further and publicly rule out investing in the project. So far, only NAB has made this commitment.

Ben went to Westpac and delivered the same two letters indicating imminent divestment. You can send an email to your bank to put them on notice. Click here to put your bank on notice.

Paperbark E-newsletter October 2016


In this month’s Paperbark we have lots of updates about our campaigns and important details about upcoming events – including our AGM and Hell’s Gate Dam forum next Monday and our annual trivia night.

In this issue: Adani updates – save ARENA wrap – dead dugongs – marine parks – local water security – Boomerang Bags – saving frogs – divestment day – AGM and Hell’s Gate forum – our annual trivia night – Aussie Backyard Bird Count Continue reading “Paperbark E-newsletter October 2016”

Why corroboree frogs are threatened with extinction and how we can save them

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.


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