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Climate on My Agenda - Why not on the G20 Agenda?

Come along to discuss how the world is moving forward on climate action and why the Australian Government needs to do more. 
Screening of 'Reasons for Hope' Wednesday, November 12 at 6:30pm Environment Centre, Livermore Street Rockhampton.

T:4927 8644 | ccc@cqnet.com.au

SOCIETY FOR GROWING AUSTRALIAN PLANTS (Rockhampton Branch)
October 2014 Newsletter No. 165

Qld Frog Society

Queensland Frog Society Rockhampton and CQ Group
Update 12 October 2014
Coral Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan is open for public comment: Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan or email: GBRlongtermplan@environment.gov.au
CCC welcomes the recognition of the importance of the Fitzroy Delta and Keppel Bay by the exclusion of Balaclava Island and Sea Hill from Gladstone Port expansion but the Plan needs more teeth and a detailed program of action. [see media statement]. Capricorn Coast alone has multiple proposals threatening dunes, endangered ecosystems and wetlands adding to pressures on southern GBR, the area already in steep decline.” [see coastal pressures]
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
Queensland Plan: QCC has recommended three strategic opportunities to create an ecologically sustainable future under the Queensland Plan, http://queenslandplan.qld.gov.au/
1.    A Clean and Renewable Energy future
2.    Build a Significantly larger Protected Area Estate
3.    Building a Sustainable Community with new minimum standards
See QCC submission
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
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/
Rich Land WasteLand Rich Land WasteLand - A revelation of the real costs of King Coal - by Sharyn Munro
Available fro purchase from CCC
Sharyn Munro exposes the true human cost of the coal and CSG rush in Australia
She has travelled through rural Australia, visiting the communities in the coal-mining areas. Towns and districts are dying — homeowners and farmers forced out by mining, broken in spirit and in health, or else under threat, their lives and properties in limbo as they battle the might of huge mining companies.

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