Category Archive: Planning and Development

Tree Clearing Laws (Qld)

Public Forums – Cairns and Mareeba CAFNEC, EDO NQ and ACF would like to invite all members of the public to attend one of the public forums being held in both Cairns and Mareeba to ask questions about, and hear the case for supporting, the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016. WHEN:  …

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Open letter to Cairns Airport regarding possible new helipad location

Open Letter to Kevin Brown, CEO, Cairns Airport (CAPL) Kevin Brown, CEO Cairns Airport (CAPL) Via email to: kevin.brown@cairnsairport.com.au  2015-04-23 Dear Kevin, It has come to our attention that an option is being considered by Cairns Airport Pty Ltd (CAPL) to locate a new heliport at the site of the Jack Barnes Bicentennial Boardwalk.  We …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2015/04/28/open-letter-to-cairns-airport-regarding-possible-new-helipad-location/

The future of Port Hinchinbrook

By Margaret Moorhouse, Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook  Williams Corporation and Port Hinchinbrook Services are both in liquidation. During its interaction with the proponents of the intended Deed of Company Arrangement (DoCA), the Alliance to Save Hinchinbroook Inc (ASH) corresponded with the Administrators just as they became the Liquidators. Suffice to say that we do not …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/12/05/future-port-hinchinbrook/

Proposed Aquis development raises concerns

By Denis Walls, Aquis Aware In recent months there has been a great deal of publicity about the proposed Aquis development at Yorkeys Knob, north of Cairns. Much of the publicity seems to have been in favour. Local, state and federal politicians, many business leaders, as well as News Ltd media, have been extolling its …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/12/05/proposed-aquis-development-raises-concerns/

Update on ‘One Stop Shop’ – weakening of our environmental protection laws

On October 18th, 2013, the Federal and Queensland Governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which is the first step of the process to create a ‘one stop shop’ for environmental approvals.  This is a worrying move which would significantly weaken our important environment protect laws. The bilateral agreement will accredit state planning systems under …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/11/27/update-on-one-stop-shop-weakening-of-our-environmental-protection-laws/

Federal election environment scorecard

Are you wondering where our local Federal election candidates stand on environment issues?
We asked the candidates in Leichhardt a few questions to find out, and have created a scorecard to compare them.

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/08/29/federal-election-environment-scorecard/

Aquis casino and resort development, Yorkey’s Knob

Chinese developer Tony Fung is proposing a large casino and integrated tourism development at Yorkey’s Knob, Cairns. This project is at the initial proposal stage and does not yet have any of the approvals it would need to go ahead. The site is mostly existing cane farms (about 353 hectares total) with some areas of …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/08/20/aquis-casino-and-resort-development-yorkeys-knob/

MEDIA RELEASE “Taking the axe to Queensland’s tree clearing laws” not such a bright idea

24 April 2013 The Newman government is proposing amendments to the Vegetation Management Framework that would reduce protection of our native vegetation and allow the clearing of an estimated 700,000 hectares of Queensland’s endangered and ecologically significant forests and woodlands. “The proposed Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill causes us to have serious concerns about the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/04/24/media-release-taking-the-axe-to-queenslands-tree-clearing-laws-not-such-a-bright-idea/

Proposed amendments to the Vegetation Management Act put Queensland biodiversity at risk

April 2013 The Newman Government is proposing amendments to the Vegetation Management Act 1999 that will mean: Clearing applications could now be made for ‘additional relevant purposes’ of high value agricultural clearing and irrigated high value agricultural clearing. This would mean that north Queensland would be exposed to extensive clearing for agricultural purposes, with adverse …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/04/22/proposes-amendments-to-the-vegetation-management-act-put-queensland-biodiversity-at-risk/

MEDIA RELEASE – Important mangrove habitat to be the victim of unnecessary airport expansion

27 March 2013 The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, CAREFISH (CAirns REcreational Fishing Industry Stake Holders) and local commercial fishers are concerned over the recent approval of the Cairns Airport Land Use Plan by the State government. The Land Use Plan contains a ‘Movement Expansion Precinct’ (or new second parallel runway) and a ‘Mixed …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/04/11/media-release-important-mangrove-habitat-to-be-the-victim-of-unnecessary-airport-expansion/

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