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World Heritage aesthetic value: the obvious

Australians love “the reef”, but few really know what these words stand for: the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA). It was an artist and a poet (John Buust and Judith Wright) who first “saw” and fought for the entirety of the planet’s largest living coral reef, lagoon and coastal system.  That battle was …

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Destroying the Gilbert catchment to feed governments’ food bowl

Northern Australia has some of the last free flowing rivers left on the planet. They teem with aquatic life and are critical for wildlife to survive through the dry season. However, while these rivers are the arteries that underpin the ecological function of this incredible landscape, they are also targeted for industrial scale agricultural developments. …

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Cape York Regional Plan

Cape York Plan The draft Cape York Regional Plan so far fails to properly protect the region’s natural and cultural values write Andrew Picone and Angelika Ziehrl Late last year, Premier Campbell Newman surprised us all with a ‘declaration’ that the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on Cape York Peninsula was protected. “Protected for all time” …

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Centre Report March 2014

Centre Report Angelika Ziehrl, Director Introducing myself I joined CAFNEC as Director in early January this year. Throughout my career I have worked to implement conservation and sustainability objectives, including by working in sustainable agriculture research, environmental assessment of activities and with the wild rivers policy. I believe strongly in maintaining the integrity of ecological …

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Vale Colin Hunt

The environment movement has suffered a heavy blow with news of the death of Dr Colin Hunt on 27 December 2013. Colin was instrumental in setting up the Far North Greens branch in 1992 and was the convenor until his departure for Canberra in 1995 when I took over the role. Later he returned to …

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CAMPAIGN AGAINST URANIUM MINING STEAMS ON!

There are less than four months to go before uranium mines become legal in Queensland. Premier Newman has broken his pre-election promise to retain the ban on uranium mining. Keep Queensland Nuclear Free’s campaign is gathering momentum and is targeted on Townsville where 200,000 people live half an hour or less from the highest grade …

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Centre Report December 2013

By Anna McGuire, Coordinator   This edition we’re taking a look at the spectacular coastal areas of the far north: the places, the communities and the threats. These coastal areas are home to many of us, and are a vital aspect of life in the far north. But these areas – marine, estuarine and terrestrial – …

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Wenlock River and Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Protected

By Gavan McFadzean, Northern Australian Campaign Coordinator, The Wilderness Society   In a significant win for the protection of Cape York Peninsula and the rivers of northern Australia, the Queensland Government has announced that the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve and the Wenlock River on Cape York Peninsula will be protected from mining. The Wenlock catchment …

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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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Taking action for our marine environment.

By Josh Coates, Marine Programs Officer Launched in October 2013, the CAFNEC Marine Response Team (MRT) has been building a strong base for marine conservation action into 2014. Far North Queensland enjoys one of the most spectacular and diverse marine environments anywhere in the world. Protecting this natural heritage is crucial to our unique cultural, …

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