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.

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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 zonasiete.net., 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.

State government looks to fund Adani rail?

Documents identified in a Right to Information (RTI) request to the Queensland Treasury Corporation make clear that the Queensland ALP Government is doing everything it can to provide taxpayer funds to the Adani Corporation’s mine, rail and port developments while pretending to the public that it is keeping its election promises to do no such thing, spokesman for North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) Jeremy Tager said today.

For further details, see Adani rail RtI schedule of docs Adani RTI – Documents released, and RTI schedule analysis_final. Continue reading “State government looks to fund Adani rail?”