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 May 2016

Paperbark-1921-finalWelcome to the May edition of Paperbark!

With a new month comes a new acting coordinator. I, Maree, would like to thank Wendy Tubman for her enormous contributions to NQCC over the past years in the position of coordinator. Filling her role is a responsibility I’m not taking lightly and I am diving straight into continuing the good work of NQCC as the voice for the environment.

In this issue: Pollution Free Politics, Vegetation Management, two movie screenings, Eco-Fiesta, a solar farm for Townsville, Adani in court, government attacks environmental groups, Coastcare and more.

Event: Pollution Free Politics, 18 May

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Our Government needs to stop subsidising the industry that is destroying our reef! Our Great Barrier Reef has experienced its worst ever recorded bleaching event. The message is clear – we can have coal or we can have a healthy reef.

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Paperbark e-newsletter April 2016

In this issue: No Underground Coal Gasification for Queensland, 93% of the Reef is bleached, Queensland Weed and Pest Management, Magnetic Island Rehab, Rescuing the Reef, Beach Rubbish, Climate Change and Flood Risks, Other Local Voices

A newsletter packed with things that you can do to help NQCC and other ENGOs help the environnment. But first, some good and some very bad news… Continue reading “Paperbark e-newsletter April 2016”

NQCC calls for stronger government action as coral bleaching worsens

This is the text of a media release distributed by NQCC at 2.15pm on Monday 14 March:

bleached coral lizard IsNorth Queensland Conservation Council is extremely concerned that coral bleaching in the Far North of the Great Barrier Reef is now so bad that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has upped its response to level 2.

In the light of this, NQCC calls on government to prevent further Reef degradation by taking strong action on climate change and better financing water quality improvement programs. Continue reading “NQCC calls for stronger government action as coral bleaching worsens”