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Together Towards Healthy Oceans

By Mariasole Bianco, CAFNEC Marine Campaigner This is an historic time for Australia’s contribution to global ocean conservation. The recently announced National Representative Network of Marine Reserves will ensure that 3.1 million km2 of our ocean will be protected and managed primarily for biodiversity conservation. This is major step towards creating some balance and ensuring …

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The Future for Flying Fox Colonies

By Dominique Thiriet, Environmental law lecturer JCU and Flying fox Coordinator, NQ Wildlife Care Inc As the sun goes down each night, flying foxes leave their colonies in search of food. During their night shift, these keystone species will perform crucial pollination and seed dispersal in rainforests and dry savannahs. Back at the colony during the …

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Green Thumb – Council’s Sustainable Living Program

By Dan Walton, Climate Change and Sustainability Officer, Cairns Regional Council An online portal which helps raise awareness of sustainability as well as provide helpful tips on sustainable living will be launched by Cairns Regional Council on World Environment Day, June 5. Green Thumb ~ sustainable living for the tropics is a new community engagement …

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Food Security and Sustainability in the Far North Queensland region

By Chris Gloor – Director, RealFood Network What is meant by these words? The terms food security, safety, sovereignty and sustainability are being tossed around willy-nilly in so many contexts these days that one can easily confuse the implications. Government action and regulation is often predicated on ‘sustainability.’ The words are popping up in corporate …

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Community Foods – a community-owned solution

By Tula Hewitt, Community Foods Volunteer Once upon a time a group of Cairns locals had a dream. They wanted to create a community place that stocked unpackaged whole foods. They also wanted these whole foods to be better than those on the supermarket shelves. What started with a table at Rusty’s Markets soon grew …

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Forest for the Future

By Anna McGuire, CAFNEC Coordinator Forests are such an important part of life in far north Queensland. Our native rainforests and open forests underpin a significant tourism industry, have important recreational and spiritual values for our community, and provide habitat for the native species that make our region unique. Forests provide critical ecosystem services such …

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Transition to a Zero Emissions Economy in 10 Years?

By Pamela McDowell, Beyond Zero Emission Cairns Coordinator Not only is it possible for Australia to become a carbon-free economy, but it is possible using affordable technology that already exists. In early 2009 the volunteers at Beyond Zero Emissions set out to create a road map to take Australia from one of the largest per-capita …

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It’s the economy

“Anyone who thinks exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.” Kenneth Boulding  By John Rainbird The core objective of modern economies/governments is perpetual economic growth, driven by a belief this is a requirement to address our various social and ecological problems. Not only is objective …

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CAFNEC Report

By Anna McGuire, Coordinator The last three months has been a busy time for the CAFNEC team. Among other things, we have launched the Think Outside the Bag project in Port Douglas, seen the Coral Sea Management Plan tabled in Federal Parliament, started our regular Tanks markets stalls, and commented on a raft of state …

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Plans for Cape York

By Cape York Planning Andrew Picone, ACF Northern Australia Program Officer. Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney wants to ‘normalise the economy of Cape York Peninsula’. To this end he has approved a massive new bauxite mine, rolled back laws that prevent broad acre clearing and will remove the Wild River declarations of four of the Cape’s …

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