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Fossil Economy Australia’s Carbon Catch 22? ‘Australia is at risk being left behind, our prosperity becoming a fossilised relic as the rest of the world moves to a cleaner future’. For more details read Fossil Economy here or at https://bze.org.au/fossileconomy . Let’s not wait another 40 year for government to act check out Nine steps to achieve energy freedom http://energyfreedom.com.au/ and much more: Beyond Zero Emissions, 2015 http://bze.org.au/
See the latest Frog Society Update.   Did you know that there are 49 species of frogs native to Central Queensland, eight of which are either extinct, endangered, vulnerable or near threatened?    Frogs now need our help to survive, more so than ever before.  To find out more about how to identify and protect local native frogs, and frog education and conservation projects in your area, hop onto the Queensland Frog Society website http://www.qldfrogs.asn.au/
NATIVE PLANTS CAPRICORNIA April 2015 Newsletter out now.  For more information contact:
Rockhampton Branch, Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region Inc.
PO Box 716 Rockhampton QLD 4700 Contact: Aileen Moorhead 4927 3327

IPCC Report The IPCC Synthesis Report 2014 provides an overview of the state of knowledge concerning the science of climate change, covering:
1.Physical Science
2.Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
3.Mitigation of Climate Change
4.Renewable Energy and
5.Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters
 Key messages slide show 
Littoral Vine Scrub north of Yeppoon Capricorn Integrated Resort - Iwasaki Sangyo Expansion Proposal A significant area of diverse coastal ecosystems north of Yeppoon is at potential risk from urban expansion planned by Iwasaki Sangyo (Aust) P/L.  The proposal area includes up to 6000 hectares of coastal land surrounding the existing Mercure resort. While the initial strategy plans allow for a Conservation Precinct over natural inland dunes and the broad freshwater wetlands of open sedge and melaleuca forest, the planned Urban Precinct  may result in the virtual destruction of one the largest remaining tracts of the EPBC listed Littoral Rainforest and Coastal Vine Thicket of Eastern Australia. See state govt site and CCC submission on Terms Of Reference. See also  Also - Information from the September 2013 CCC General meeting - 
    1. Sustainable Livingstone document PDF download here  (<1MB)   
    2. CCC presentation - Development Cap Coast Sept 2013 (3.3MB)
Bimblebox Woodland Bimblebox Doomed - BimbleboxNature Refuge will be destroyed by clive Palmer's Waratah Coal China First Project. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the mine on 19 December 2103 with 49 weak conditions.  His solution to the destruction of this 8000 hectares Nature Refuge of intact vegetation is to create a 16,000 hectare “Offset” which is to be “protected” by - guess what – another Nature Refuge.” The ignorance shown by Greg Hunt in expecting a "Nature Refuge" to protect a so-called Offset when it does not protect Bimblebox Nature Refuge is astounding.  Also, an "offset" is a meaningless solution when it still means a net destruction of 8000 ha of natural woodland.  See CCC media release 21 Dec also http://bimblebox.org
National Parks at Risk from ‘Ecotourism’ Despite overwhelmingly opposition to commercial tourism facilities in National Parks the Queensland Government is pushing ahead with its Queensland Ecotourism Plan. The proposal ignores the cardinal principal for National Parks; “provide permanent preservation of an area’s natural condition and the protection of cultural resources and values”. Queensland should catch up with the rest of Australia and double the area protected in National Parks from a tiny (5%) and not palm off its legal and ethical responsibilities to protect the only places where nature comes first and mining and other destructive activities are prohibited. > see > CCC Ecotourism Submission | CCC Nature Conservation Act Submission  | CCC Media Statement | TMB story | View All Submissions

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