NQCC fundraising dinner a success

On Sunday 14th of August, NQCC hosted a fundraising dinner to celebrate our community of past committee members, donors, volunteers and staff. Additionally, former NQCC Coordinator Susan Brown was visiting Townsville after spending the past 11 years in Geneva working for WWF. We thought a dinner at the NQCC HQ would be a good opportunity for our community to gather.

Thank you to all of our guests. All funds raised will help NQCC continue its work as an advocate for the environment and to be ‘the mouse that roars’ on local conservation matters. And thank you to Susan who has very generously donated the sum of our fundraising efforts.

We look forward to more opportunities to bring our diverse and lively NQCC community together in the future!


The Hon. Dr Steven Miles presents on the challenges facing the reef and the cost to fix it

On the 11th of August, NQCC staffers Maree Dibella and Jacob Miller attended Hon. Dr Steven Miles’ presentation on the challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef, as the Virginia Chadwick Memorial Lecture. Dr Miles unveiled the findings of a report by the Water Science Taskforce that details an $8.2 billion strategy to save the reef over the next decade.

The strategy is to reduce the amount of sediment the runs off in the reef by managing vegetation clearing and addressing gully erosion. Of particular concern is the Fitzroy catchment near Rockhampton, taking about three-quarters of the recommended funding, as well as the Burdekin catchment to the south of Townsville, which requires $1.39 billion for rehabilitation.

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Paperbark e-newsletter August 2016


Welcome to this month’s Paperbark! It’s been a busy month of planning events and making submissions about various conservation issues being reviewed. Just a reminder if you were a member in 2015/2016, you have until 5 September until your membership officially lapses. Click here to renew your membership. In this issue, Protecting our wildlife – Vegetation Management laws – Climate Change Policy – Upcoming Events – General Notices.
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Upcoming Fundraising Dinner


The North Queensland Conservation Council is hosting a dinner to celebrate our history and the the wonderful people that have contributed over the years.

Come along to the NQCC office for a garden dinner and catch up with familiar faces.

Tickets are $20 a head. If you are a founding, life or honorary member of NQCC, you may attend the dinner free of charge.

Tickets can be purchased here.

Call for submissions on protected wildlife management

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is reviewing the legislative framework for protected wildlife under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

The discussion paper and points seeking feedback can be accessed here.

Some issues that the Department are seeking feedback on are:

  • the unregulated taking of wild animals.
  • if the current system for keeping protected animals is outdated,
  • and the possibility of self-assessable approaches.

NQCC will be writing a submission. If you have any comments you’d like to contribute, please send Maree an email or call the office on 4771 6226.

You can write your own submission too. Submissions close Friday 29 July at 5 pm.