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Cuppa Sunshine hosted by Sustainable CQ Alliance will join over 200 events nation-wide to feature sustainable energy alternatives and show our senators that they must stand up for constituents who want to join the solar and sustainable energy revolution.
DATE: Tuesday, 19th August
TIME: 10:00AM – 12:00 Noon
PLACE: “Rose Garden” Haigh Park, off Livermore Street, Rockhampton
CONTACT: CCC (07) 4927 8644 or email ccc@cqnet.com.au  .
“Alternative Energy- Lessons from Germany” A candid look at the German Energy transition and lessons that can be learnt for Australia. Guest Speaker, Blake Harvey Queensland President, Engineers Australia, Qld Division
DATE: Wednesday, 20th August
TIME: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
PLACE: Environment Centre, Haigh Park, off Livermore Street, Rockhampton
CONTACT: CCC (07) 4927 8644 or email ccc@cqnet.com.au .
Village Festival “Green Tent” Keppel and Fitzroy Delta Alliance and CCC display, ‘Snubbie’ shirts and coolers, displays featuring Biodiversity in Central Queensland. Volunteers wanted:
DATE: Friday, 22 August – Sunday 24 Aug 
PLACE: Beachside Park, Esplanade Yeppoon
CONTACT: CCC (07) 4927 8644 or email ccc@cqnet.com.au .
Village Festival info at: http://www.thevillagefestival.org.au/

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 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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