Category Archive: Regional Sustainable Development

Take action for our flying-foxes

Council and the Novotel resort are planning to disperse the spectacled flying-fox colony from the Cairns CBD. The spectacled flying-fox helps to keep the rainforest healthy by pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds. Please help us protect them.

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/11/11/its-crunch-time-for-our-flying-foxes-please-help/

Help support the Flying Foxes!

Watch this space for more information on how you can help protect the flying foxes!

Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/10/01/help-put-the-flying-foxes-on-tv/

Risky Wongai coal project – Bounty Mining deal leads to community concern

Questions continue to be raised regarding the viability of a proposed coal mine involving the Kalpowar Land Trust, Aust-Pac Capital Pty Ltd and new joint venture participant Bounty Mining. The profile of yet another Queensland coal mining project is likely to increase as the small, specialist mining company Bounty Mining has made a deal which …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/09/18/risky-wongai-coal-project-bounty-mining-deal-leads-to-community-concern/

Flying-foxes and settlements in FNQ: evidence from the early Cairns newspapers

By David Westcott, Stream Leader & Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO The recent debate about the management of flying-foxes in Cairns set me to wondering about the history of their interaction with Europeans in the Far North.  Cairns’ old newspapers, the Cairns Morning Post, The Morning Post, and the Cairns Post from the period 1884 to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/09/17/flying-foxes-and-settlements-in-fnq-evidence-from-the-early-cairns-newspapers/

MEDIA RELEASE – Flying-fox petition to be presented to the Mayor

The Mayor will today meet with representatives of the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre to receive over 5,000 petition signatures calling for Council to leave the Cairns flying-fox colony where it is. “There has been an unprecedented level of community concern on this issue, with over 5,000 people signing the petition to the Mayor …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/07/30/media-release-flying-fox-petition-to-be-presented-to-the-mayor/

Flying-fox dispersal update

Council recently applied for a Damage Mitigation Permit to disperse the spectacled flying-fox colony from around the city library. This application has now been referred to the Federal Government as the species is a federally listed protected species. The proposal is open for public comment on the EPBC website. The decision to relocate the colony …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/07/25/flying-fox-dispersal-update/

MEDIA RELEASE Flying fox relocation an irresponsible waste of rate payers’ money

This Wednesday, Council will vote on the proposed relocation of the spectacled flying-fox colony near the Cairns City Library. Council voted in March to apply for a damage mitigation permit to relocate the colony, and are now considering how this may be done. There is significant local opposition to the proposed relocation for a number …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/06/25/media-release-flying-fox-relocation-an-irresponsible-waste-of-rate-payers-money/

Take action to defend Cairns flying-foxes

Take action now to defend the spectacled flying-fox colony near the Cairns city library. Let’s avoid this expensive and unnecessary relocation, which will damage our local wildlife.

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/06/19/take-action-to-defend-cairns-flying-foxes/

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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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2013/06/12/forest-for-the-future/

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/

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