“While Adani’s Carmichael coal mine is beset with opposition and financing problems, the contrast to the go-ahead of yet another renewable, solar power station couldn’t be clearer” said NQ Conservation’s Maree Dibella, after news of the commencement of the $126 million Kidston Solar Project was announced by the Queensland Government yesterday.
“These are just the sorts of projects that conservationists support. It’s really exciting – an unused mine site being transformed into a renewable energy production and storage powerhouse” said Ms Dibella.
“Large scale, innovative renewable energy projects are what we envision for the future of North Queensland. A later part of the project will add hydro to store the solar power generated during the day. This is the first in the world to use two disused mine pits for hydroelectric power generation.
“The project will be able to generate up to 330 MW of rapid response, flexible power to the grid – demonstrating that renewables can deliver energy security.
“Renewable energy projects in North Queensland are shovel-ready and are attracting investor confidence with stable policy to achieve a 50% renewable energy target by 2030. Meanwhile, Adani is struggling to find investor support with over a dozen international financial institutions declaring they won’t back it.
“It’s clear that renewable energy is where our region is heading” said Ms Dibella.
More info about the Kidston Solar Project available here.
Check out our new campaign page “Clear Water Townsville” here!
Protecting our ocean
Join us in celebrating the beautiful clear water of the northern tropics and safeguarding it from unnecessary dredging and other activities that muddy our wonderful Cleveland Bay – an ecological hotspot and fundamental to our unique lifestyle.
Clear Water Townsville is a partnership between North Queensland Conservation Council and the Magnetic Island Nature Care Association.
Continue reading “Introducing “Clear Water Townsville””
Happy new year and welcome to the first edition of Paperbark for 2017. We hope you had a refreshing break and are well-rested for the year ahead. We have a few good news stories below as well as some exciting events coming up in the months ahead.
We have big plans for 2017, and are happy to announce a new team member has come on board in making our plans a reality! Welcome to Tyler Peirce who has taken on the role of Community Campaigner.
Several campaigns we are involved in will reach critical points, and it is also very likely that this will be an election year. Momentum with the Adani campaign is ramping up again, with Adani’s CEO set to make a final investment decision in the coming months while our Federal government is considering a $1 billion loan for the project. We’ve just launched a new Ports campaign, and welcome back Wendy Tubman as our lead Ports campaigner. NQCC is involved as a community stakeholder as the NQ Regional Plan is drafted for our region this year. We are also pushing to see a legislated 50% renewable energy target in Queensland and maintaining pressure on the Palaszczuk government to take a strong approach to climate change action, and not open up new mega coal mines! Continue reading “Paperbark E-Newsletter February 2017”
“Doing business with Adani a risk to North Queensland”
North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) is shocked by a new report
that shows that not even the Federal Minister responsible, Senator Matt Canavan, knows where a $1 billion taxpayer-subsidised loan would go to within the Adani group of companies which operate many of their entities in tax havens.
Continue reading “Media release: The Adani Files”
North Queensland Conservation Council and Queensland Conservation Council are happy to share that we have received funding to run a special event for the 2017 Queensland Women’s Week.
When: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th March
Where: Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island
Cost: Free to participants. We thank the Queensland Government and YWCA for funding and support to make this event possible.
Continue reading “Empowering NQ Women for the Environment”