Category Archive: Regional Sustainable Development

Aquis Resort Environmental Impact Statement – CAFNEC submission

Comment on the Aquis Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) closed 5th August 2014. The EIS presented a wide range of potential large scale impacts. CAFNEC has raised a number of concerns in it’s submission, including that: repeated references to strategies and plans that will be developed is an inadequate demonstration, of how impacts of a project of unprecedented …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/10/aquis-environmental-impact-statement-public-comment/

CAFNEC gives evidence at Great Barrier Reef Senate Inquiry

On 23/07/2014 CAFNEC Marine Programs Coordinator Josh Coates gave evidence to the Senate Committee Inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef, meeting in Townsville. In giving evidence CAFNEC  highlighted issues including: The impacts of the proposed Cairns Port dredging The need to protect the ‘healthy’ section of the reef North of Cooktown from …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/07/24/cafnec-gives-evidence-great-barrier-reef-senate-inquiry/

Cairns destroying Heritage trees in a bid to disperse the Cairns City flying fox colony

The Cairns Regional Council is shaming the city in pursuing a permit to cut back Heritage listed trees by up to a further 25%, at the Cairns City Library. This was carried as a resolution at a Council meeting today, 25 June 2014. The Council also cut down a Heritage listed tree at the library …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/06/25/cairns-destroying-heritage-trees-bid-disperse-cairns-city-flying-fox-colony/

World Heritage Committee confirms need for Australia to do more to protect our reef

The Cairns Port dredging proposal should be scrapped Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) welcomes the June 2014 decision by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) to adopt unchanged recommendations on improving reef health and keep the pressure on Australian governments to address industrial port development, dredging, dumping and poor reef water quality. In 2012 the WHC …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/06/19/world-heritage-committee-confirms-need-australia-protect-reef/

Great Barrier Reef ‘world heritage in danger’ listing to be discussed in Quatar

MEDIA RELEASE 16/06/2014 The UNESCO World Heritage Committee will this week discuss the recommendation that the Great Barrier Reef be listed as ‘world heritage in danger’. If the committee decides that the Australian and Queensland Governments have not done enough they are likely to maintain pressure on Australia ahead of a final decision on reef …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/06/16/great-barrier-reef-world-heritage-danger-listing-discussed-quatar/

Cape York Regional Plan Media Release

AUSTRALIAN CONSERVATION FOUNDATION AND CAIRNS AND FAR NORTH ENVIRONMENT CENTRE MEDIA RELEASE 14 May 2014 Qld Government declares welcome rethink of Cape York Regional Planning process. Today’s announcement by the Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney to rethink the Cape York regional planning process is welcomed by planning committee members Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and the Cairns …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/05/14/cape-york-regional-plan-media-release/

Will Cape York have its day in the World Heritage sun? Opinion Piece

Tony Abbott risks being the first Australian prime minister to leave a World Heritage deficit. At present he appears to be going in the opposite direction to his Liberal party predecessors in relation to the Tasmania forests, but the opportunity awaits for a World Heritage nomination in the Cape York Peninsula. Between Malcolm Fraser and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/05/13/will-cape-york-day-world-heritage-sun-opinion-piece/

Cairns flying-fox dispersal: wasting money and ignoring advice

MEDIA RELEASE 28/04/2014 Cairns flying-fox dispersal: wasting money and ignoring advice The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) is opposed to the relocation of the flying-fox colony in the Cairns CBD for economic, ecological and animal welfare reasons. Cairns Regional Council is wasting money and ignoring advice in what will be a fruitless attempt …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/05/01/cairns-flying-fox-dispersal-wasting-money-ignoring-advice/

Local frog populations in trouble

By Deborah Pergolotti, FrogSafe   Prior to cyclone Yasi, local frogs appeared to be making a small comeback.  It was the first time in 13 years that numbers actually improved a little, particularly for the Graceful tree frog.  However, Yasi did something to “biologically clear-fell” the place and even toads disappeared from my area for …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/12/05/local-frog-populations-trouble/

A Busy Time for Coastal Wildlife

By Dr Martin Cohen (Wild about Australia) With the weather now quite hot and humid, and the first sign of good rains just around the corner, it is time for wildlife to invest in the next generation. On land, birds of all shapes and sizes are busy nesting and rearing chicks. Large numbers of hanging …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/12/05/busy-time-coastal-wildlife/

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