Category Archive: Sustainability & Climate Change

History of the 2031 Regional Plan

The 2031 Regional Plan (originally named the 2025 Regional Plan) took effect in 2009. For many years prior to this CAFNEC had been advocating for a regional approach to planning that could deliver a sensible and sustainable long term development framework for the region. In 2006 CAFNEC was successful and the QLD State government began …

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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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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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Big Solar campaign launch 2012

The Cairns Climate Action Network and the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre launched the Big Solar campaign early in 2012.  This Cairns launch was just one of many, as groups all around Australia launched the Big Solar campaign in their communities as part of the national, grass-roots 100% renewable energy campaign. For more information contact …

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100% Renewable energy: more than just a big idea

This free public forum was held in Cairns in May 2011. It featured a presentation by Mark Ogge and Patrick Hearps, authors of the Zero Carbon Australia Stationary Energy Plan. The forum was the official launch of our local renewable energy campaign which is supported by over 30 local businesses and organisations.   1. Introduction and …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2012/06/19/100-renewable-energy-more-than-just-a-big-idea/

Reinventing Progress conference 2012

This event was presented by the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre with funding from the federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and with the generous support of the local sponsors listed below. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the community, government, industry and other organisations to encourage the transition to a more sustainable future.

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