MEDIA RELEASE: NQCC signs up to be part of historic Stop Adani Alliance: this campaign will be bigger than the Franklin

Today in Canberra, veteran environmentalist Bob Brown will join community leaders from around the country to launch the ‘Stop Adani Alliance’ and build the biggest movement in Australia’s history to stop Adani’s dangerous coal mine and end coal for good.

North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) is a founding member of the Alliance.

NQCC co-ordinator Maree Dibella said, “It’s great to see people from around the country join our fight to stop the Adani’s mine from going ahead.  I know there is a lot of local support here in Townsville for this campaign, but I also know we can’t win this on our own.”

“We’re hosting the first Stop Adani public meeting next Monday here in Townsville.  People power is what can stop Adani, and this is our chance for our community to gather and hear from renowned speakers about what comes next”


Background to the Stop Adani Alliance:

  • 13 key environment groups, representing 1.5 million Australians, launch ‘Stop Adani Alliance’
  • New polling shows three quarters of Australians want Adani to fund their own infrastructure, rather than rely on a $1 billion loan of public money
  • Launch to be followed by open strategy session and meetings with influential MPs
  • 13 Alliance members: Bob Brown Foundation, Australian Conservation Foundation,, GetUp, Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network, Australian Marine Conservation Society, Mackay Conservation Group, North Queensland Conservation Council, Environment Council of Central Queensland, Whitsundays Residents Against Dumping, Market Forces, The Sunrise Project.

Continue reading “MEDIA RELEASE: NQCC signs up to be part of historic Stop Adani Alliance: this campaign will be bigger than the Franklin”

Qld government approves Carmichael

Townsville Climate MarchIn an expected but infuriating and unreasonable move, the Queensland government yesterday approved an environmental authority (EA) for Adani in relation to what is being referred to as ‘the $16 billion Carmichael Coal Mine and Rail Project’. The obvious flaw in this title is, of course, that Adani does not have the $16 billion – and has precious little chance of raising it.

The EA is the second last legislative approval needed – the last being a mining lease. This will be approved (or not!) by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, the bailiwick of Dr Andrew Lytham. Minister Lytham has said that he is not interested in ‘fast-tracking’ the project (a request of Adani and Townsville Enterprise Limited, amongst others) and that it has to go through due process.

The NQCC media release can be read here.

Continue reading “Qld government approves Carmichael”

Keeping up with Abbot Point

Caley Valley Abbot Point with Cape Upstart and Mt RoundbackFresh back from Paris, on Monday this week, Greg Hunt (again) gave his approval for the expansion of the Abbot Point port. The expansion would be necessary for what would be Australia’s largest coal mine, Adani’s Carmichael mine, to go ahead.  (Prize to anyone who can explain how those two fit together!)

To refresh memories in this complicated process, Minister Hunt’s first approval Continue reading “Keeping up with Abbot Point”

Great turnout for climate march!

Townsville Climate March
Photo: Elise Howard

An estimated 600+ people marched on a hot Saturday afternoon in Townsville to join over 2300 such groups in 150+ countries calling on global leaders to take strong and effective climate action.
Photo: Marc Gregory from Visual Echo Photography

Arriving at the Burke Street headland after walking the one kilometre from the Rockpool, the crowd listened to short addresses by Dr Charlie Veron, Dr Farvardin Daliri and NQCC’s Sandy McCathie before joining in a rousing rendition of One Million Women’s Paris-tailored version of ‘You’re the voice’, led by Islanders Sara Shaw and Danni Ceccarelli.

The 30 second YouTube clip, filmed and produced by Santiago Calero of, brilliantly captures the essence of the march.

Townsville Auatralia Climate March 2
Photo: Malcolm Tattersall

The event was immediately followed on the beach by the making of Heads in the Sand 2, a stop-motion video for Paris – a follow-on from the ‘Heads in the Sand’ image that went viral last year, and which was described by Buzzfeed as the world-best summing up of climate action by our leaders. The original image and the video, which has been sent to Avaaz for showing in Paris, were the brainchildren of the creative Magnetic Island Cranky Curlew Productions.

Thanks to all who helped make this great turnout happen and made the event work – to our speakers, to Bob and the Townsville Folk Club, Wild Gravity, Sabine Carter, Malcolm Tattersall, Greg Keating, Marc Gregory, Santiago Calero and the numerous NQCC volunteers who acted as marshalls, helped set-up and pull-down at the event and helped with promotion, and, especially, to all those who came on down and helped send a strong message to Paris.

It is worth noting that all local politicians at all levels were individually invited to attend the march. Deputy Mayor Vern Veitch sent an apology, explaining that he would have been there had he not had a prior engagement. We didn’t hear from – or see – any other politician.

Photo: Mark Stokes
Little girl smiling
Photo: Santiago Calero from ZonaSiete
Photo: Greg Keating

For LOTS more photos go to NQCC’s Facebook page.