Walk to support Big Solar

Have you heard about the plans for building a solar thermal power station to replace the coal power station in Port Augusta?

This is real chance for to build Australia’s first big solar power station. So, NQCC is pitching in with a short, supportive walk on Sunday 30 September … read on for details. Who knows – first Port Augusta … then north Queensland!

The campaign to have a coal fired power station in Port Augusta South Australia replaced with a solar thermal power plant is building momentum.

First the Port Augusta community showed their backing with 4053 people voting for solar in a local community vote. Then the Port Augusta City Council, Business Port Augusta & now Alinta Energy have all come out publically behind the Repower Port Augusta Alliance.

Now there’s only one group of people yet to get behind it – the politicians. That’s why 100 people are currently walking the 300km from Port Augusta to Adelaide – to make sure that the South Australian premier and the nation’s politicians see how strong public support is for building Australia’s first solar thermal power station.They’ll be arriving in Adelaide to a huge rally to make sure the SA premier can see the community support for the plan.

NQCC has organised a walk in Townsville to let our MP know that this is a national issue and a great opportunity for Australia and we want him to get behind the plan to Repower Port Augusta.

The Townsville walk will be on Sunday September 30, the same day that a huge rally in Adelaide will be welcoming the 100 walkers from Port Augusta.

The walk will kick off at 9.15am from the Victoria Bridge forecourt, Ogden Street, Townsville. We will do a loop through Flinders Street  before returning to Ogden Street. Come along and join the walk – wear YELLOW and a big smile! See you there!


PS: If you can’t come to the walk please show your support by taking the simple online action outlined here.

Take Action Today to Defend Our Environmental Protection Laws

We cannot stand by and let this happen.

Recently Environment Minister, Tony Burke, took a step in the right direction and recognised the need for federal oversight of the proposed Alpha Coal Project in Queensland—calling the State’s handling of the environmental assessment a ‘shambolic joke’. This is a perfect example of how State governments do not assess development proposals in the national interest and federal powers are needed to protect our iconic natural areas.

Yet at the June 13 Brisbane economic forum, Prime Minister Gillard reaffirmed her commitment to move forward with the ‘green tape’ plan.

At this critical moment in time, it is essential that the Prime Minister hear community support for robust environmental protection laws—make a call to the PM’s office today.

In NSW, the Pilliga forest is under threat from a proposed coal seam gas field stretching across 85,000 hectares of publicly owned forest.  The NSW Government has expressed their support for this proposal with little regard to the national benefits that Pilliga provides in critical wildlife habitat, watershed protection and tourism opportunities. Now more than ever we need the federal government to uphold and strengthen environmental assessment standards to protect our environment.

A direct phone call is one of the most powerful ways we can tell our decision makers what we want.

Yes, a call can be a little daunting. But it really is as easy as leaving a quick message with their office receptionist. And your call will get their attention.  If they try to refer you to the Environment Minister, politely but firmly explain that the Prime Minister is leading this process and your message is for her office.

Phone call talking points:

  • Tell them your name and where you are from.
  • You have read that the federal government is seeking to wind back federal environmental protection laws under the guise of cutting ‘green tape’.
  • Australia needs stronger not weaker environmental laws and the federal government should not be handing over matters of national environmental significance to the state governments.
  • Historically, the federal government has had to step in to stop state governments from moving ahead with damaging, short-sighted development proposals. It is critical there are checks and balances in place to protect Australian natural places and wildlife from big developers.

Please call now:
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Canberra office: (02) 6277 7700
Email: Please fill in this email form

We’ve come too far on environmental protection to give up now. Please call the Prime Ministers office today. History has shown us the power of collective community action. The environmental protections that we enjoy today were hard won, and will not be surrendered lightly.

Marine Climate Change Report Card 2012

Many new changes have been documented since CSIRO released the 2009 Report Card. There is now striking evidence of extensive southward movements of tropical fish and plankton species in southeast Australia, declines in abundance of temperate species, and the first signs of the effect of ocean acidification on marine species with shells. The report card highlights that the Australian science community is widely engaged in research, monitoring and observing programs to increase our understanding of climate change impacts and inform management. The comprehensive information shows that adaptation planning is already underway, from seasonal forecasts for fisheries and aquaculture, to climate-proofing of breeding sites for turtles and seabirds. The up-to-date information presented will assist ocean managers and policy makers to improve and justify actions to help our marine ecosystems adapt to the threat of climate change.

Over 80 of Australia’s leading marine scientists from 34 universities and research organisations contributed to the 2012 Report Card. Each section contains information on what is already happening, what may happen it future, and describes the actions underway to prepare and adapt to changes. For more information go to: http://www.oceanclimatechange.org.au/content/index.php/2012/home/

Click to download the 2012 Marine Climate Change Report Card (PDF)

2012 Reports

Marine Climate

NQCC Trivia Night

Just one week to go before the night of nights… the infamous NQCC Trivia Night. But hurry – just 3 tables left!

Same format, same venue – different questions.… So, put your team of 8 brains together, dream up a name, spend between now and THE night reading encyclopedias – and be in the running to get to your name inscribed in perpetuity on the Championship Board displayed at NQCC HQ (Oh! the glory, the glory!).

24th August,  7:00 for 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Venue: CWA Hall, 134 Denham Street (cnr Walker St), Townsville

Waged: $20, Unwaged $5; NQCC Members $15

To register you team (or join another team); email: office@nqcc.org.au or call 47716226.

Coal, Our Reef and Our Future


NQCC is please to present an expert forum on ‘Coal, our Reef and Our Future’ on Wednesday 1 August at the Old Courthouse (Full Throttle Theatre), cnr Sturt and Stokes streets in the city.

The forum will focus on the impact of the coal boom on the Great Barrier Reef, our communities and our local businesses – and what you can do about it. There will be feature addresses from Jon Brodie (JCU), Erland Howden (Greenpeace) and Mark Ogge (The Australia Institute), after which there will be a Q&A session and opportunities to get further involved with this crucial issue.

The forum will run from 7.3opm to 9.30pm. It is free and all are warmly welcome and encouraged to come along.

Bar Open!