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Taylor Point spared from development – for now…

Cairns’ iconic coastal headland, Taylor Point, has been spared from development yet again, at least for the time-being. Judge Everson found the proposal was in “significant” and “flagrant” conflict with the Council’s 1996 planning scheme, which was in effect when the development application was lodged in 2004. Judge Everson also concluded that there were insufficient grounds to approve the proposed development notwithstanding these conflicts. …

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Think Outside the Bag: Keep paradise plastic bag free

CAFNEC are about to launch a plastic bag campaign, to phase out single use plastic bags in three trial areas in the far north. These trial areas will most likely be Babinda, Port Douglas and a portion of Cairns CBD. We recently ran a competition on Facebook to name the campaign, and after many great entries, the winning name for the …

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Reinventing Progress Sustainability Conference: A sell-out success

CAFNEC’s Reinventing Progress: Sustainability Leadership for a New Era conference on April 17th this year was a sellout success. The conference featured an excellent line up of high profile speakers including Professor Ian Lowe, Dr Paul Downton and Professor Peter Newman. Attendees included staff from local and State Government departments, local Councillors and Councillor Candidates, staff and students from JCU as …

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South Australia’s big win with wind

Wind Power in South Australia has been a howling success; it now provides more electricity in the state than coal and in just a decade the wind industry has developed into one of the world’s leaders – and all to the benefit of South Australians. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) recently stated that South Australian wholesale electricity prices are now …

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Climate Action, Coal and CSG

On the 7 and 8th of May, Climate Action Network Australia held their annual conference in Sydney with more than 80 people from 50 different groups around Australia. The conference covered both information sharing on issues such as the Clean Energy Futures Package, Coal and CSG activity, Carbon markets and investment, as well as planning for both the next Federal election …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/06/22/climate-action-coal-and-csg/

The Big Solar message travels to Canberra

Did you know that Concentrated Solar Thermal plants can store the heat captured during the day and continue to operate at night, thus generating 24-hour base-load power? Or, that such power plants are already operating successfully in other, less sunny parts of the world? Did you know that photovoltaic technology is set to be cheaper to install than coal power by …

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Update on the Wet Tropics Water Resource Planning Process

CAFNEC, as a member of the Community Reference Panel (CRP) for the Wet Tropics Water Resource Plan process, met with Minister Andrew Cripps at South Johnstone on the 18th April 2012 along with other community representatives. This meeting was held by the new Minister for Natural Resources and Mines partly in response to a recent Land and Environment Court decision in favour of …

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Beyond Coal and Gas Forum

28-29 July 2012, Louisa Creek Community Centre, South of Mackay. Uniting communities affected by the boom

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Final Coral Sea Marine Reserve has been announced – but it’s not over yet!

In June 2012 the Federal Environment Minister announced the Final Plan for the Coral Sea and other marine reserves as part of the national system of marine reserves around Australia.  The final decision on the fate of the Coral Sea is undoubtedly a historic step in marine conservation and one that we can all be …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/06/14/final-coral-sea-marine-reserve-announced-today-but-its-not-over-yet/

Uranium Mining & the Queensland Election

With Campbell Newman keeping his uranium mining policy hidden there are genuine fears Queensland could fuel the next Fukushima. Queensland is also home to uranium reserves. Those who see the promise of dollar signs over the presence of danger signs are keen to kick start this controversial and contaminating trade in our state.

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/06/01/uranium-mining-the-queensland-election/

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