In the News: Comments on Flying Fox Management

LGAQ calls on governments to take control of flying fox issue

This article was written by ABC NQs Nathalie Fernbach, and originally published here.

The peak body representing local government in Queensland is calling for state and federal governments to take control of flying fox management.

The Local Government Association Queensland’s (LGAQ) call follows the release of the results of the federal parliamentary inquiry into management of flying foxes in the eastern states of Australia.

The Standing Committee on Environment and Energy’s Living With Fruit Bats report recommended the establishment of a co-operative body to co-ordinate national management and to identify policy and research priorities. Continue reading “In the News: Comments on Flying Fox Management”

Protecting Cassowaries from Predatory Domestic Animals

Ingrid Marker has lived adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area near Mission Beach for 25 years. In that time, a family of seven cassowaries became frequent visitors and made themselves at home on her property. Ingrid was lucky to witness the family have chicks and grow into mature birds with their own chicks, as they strutted around her home and garden over the years. Cassowaries are listed as endangered, and there are less than 1,400 in existence.

Two years ago, the unthinkable happened. Roaming domestic dogs tore through her home and over four months killed the family of cassowaries and all their chicks. After killing the cassowaries, the domestic dogs returned, broke through the fly-wire and tried to attack Ingrid within her own home. Two out of the pack of six dogs were caught in the National Park trap, but as they were collared they were returned by Council, without penalty to their owners. The other uncollared dogs were never caught. They all belonged to locals and were all allowed to roam at night becoming serial killers.

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Empowering NQ Women for the Environment

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
Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island
Cost: Free to participants. We thank the Queensland Government and YWCA for funding and support to make this event possible.

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Upcoming opportunities with NQCC

NQCC love to get our members and supporters involved in our activities.

We have several great opportunities for volunteering and training, plus we have a vacancy to join our small team.

Email us at if any of the below opportunities interest you.

Adani Roadshow 25th January

6 volunteers

Adani’s job-spruiking roadshow is coming to Townsville, and we’d like you to be part of the audience to challenge their dodgy jobs claims. More information here. Must be available between 10am-2pm. Send us an email with your contact details to express your interest and find out more.

Meet your MP training with Australian Conservation Foundation 25th January 5:45-7:30pm

We once again welcome ACF to our office for some training about meeting with your local elected politician. Dinner provided. You’ll need to RSVP here.

Community Campaigner – 10 hours a week (paid, flexible hours)

We are seeking expressions of interest from our network for the role of Community Campaigner. Key areas of responsibility in this role include: community engagement and education, fundraising, event management and working alongside the Coordinator to develop and implement campaigns. A full position description is available here. Please email through your resume and a cover letter about what assets you would bring to NQCC. Continue reading “Upcoming opportunities with NQCC”

Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Addressing the Facts

This is a post by outgoing Community Campaigner Jacob Miller.

The Adani Carmichael Project has increasingly benefited from State and Federal Government support while the list of financial institutions distancing themselves the project continues to grow. Supporters of the mine try to justify the project, citing the supposed economic benefits for North Queensland and even go so far as to claim coal from the mine will help India reduce its carbon emissions. This post is going examine and dispel the myths that are being used to prop up the case for the Carmichael project.

The Adani Carmichael Mine as ‘Critical Infrastructure’

The Queensland Government declared the Adani Carmichael project ‘critical infrastructure’ in October; reducing the amount of red tape for the project and allowing the Coordinator General to sign off on approvals quickly. The apparent justification for labelling the project critical infrastructure Continue reading “Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Addressing the Facts”