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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/
SOCIETY FOR GROWING AUSTRALIAN PLANTS
January 2015 Newsletter No. 167SGAP
Next Meeting – 7:00 pm Friday 30th January – AGM and general meeting:  Meet at the Frenchville State School Activity Centre, turn uphill at the lights on Frenchville Road.  Next Outing - Sunday 1st February: 
For more information contact: SGAP, P.O. 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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