GBR Senate Inquiry confirms call for a ban on new dredging and dumping in World Heritage area

MEDIA RELEASE GBR Senate Inquiry confirms call for a ban on new dredging and dumping in World Heritage area 04/09/2014 Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) has today welcomed the report of the Senate inquiry into the management of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Marine Programs Coordinator Josh Coates said: “We are pleased that …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/09/04/gbr-senate-inquiry-confirms-call-ban-new-dredging-dumping-world-heritage-area/

Abbot Point offshore dumping backflip – call to rule out offshore dumping in Cairns

The Abbot Point consortium (North Queensland Bulk Ports, GVK Hancock and Adani Group) have reportedly announced that they will re-submit a proposal to Environment Minister Greg Hunt, for onshore dumping as an alternative to the approved offshore dumping at Abbott Point. The change is in response to community opposition to dredging and dumping near the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/09/02/abbot-point-offshore-dumping-backflip-call-rule-offshore-dumping-cairns/

Novotel Oasis applies to cut down Spectacled Flying Fox roost trees!

Novotel Oasis Resort has submitted a referral under the EPBC Act 1999, of the proposed action to remove 11 trees on and adjacent to the site. Claims in the referral include that the action will not result in a significant impact because spectacled flying foxes (SFF) are only in two of the trees; numbers of individuals are …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/22/novotel-oasis-applies-remove-cut-spectacled-flying-fox-roost-trees/

Environment, science, politics and economics mean no new dredging is the only option for Cairns

The screening of the Four Corners episode ‘Battle for the Reef’ on Monday the 18th of August held many revelations including: The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) appointed a career bureaucrat to approve dumping of dredge spoil in World Heritage waters after it was rejected by in-house scientists. Long-term monitoring of dredging impacts …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/19/environment-science-politics-economics-mean-new-dredging-option-cairns/

Community forum on Cairns Port Dredging Announced

The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) have today announced the upcoming community forum on Cairns port dredging. When: 24th September 2014, 6:30 pm start Where: Cairns Choral Society hall, 31-33 Greenslopes Street, North Cairns. What: Presentations and panel discussion from tourism and local industry representatives, leading scientists and environmental experts. Presentations, Q&A, light …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/16/community-forum-cairns-port-dredging-announced/

Great Barrier Reef Outlook report cause for concern

MEDIA RELEASE 13/08/2014 The release of the 5 year Great Barrier Reef Outlook report and the final Strategic Assessment Report indicate that we have a long way to go to address declining reef health and avoid UNESCO listing the reef as World Heritage in Danger in 2015. The outlook report sends a clear and concerning …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/13/great-barrier-reef-outlook-report-cause-concern-media-release/

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/

Far North Wilderness Bike Tour

A FEW SPOTS REMAINING!!! There are still some spots remaining for this year’s Far North Wilderness Bike Tour, and now is the time to register! If you or someone you know is interested in taking part in this year’s bike tour, please visit www.wildernessbiketour.com and register. We would hate for you to miss out on …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/07/far-north-wilderness-bike-tour-2/

Win Great Prizes! CAFNEC Marine Response Team community raffle

You chance to win some great reef trip prizes and support the work of the CAFNEC Marine Response Team volunteer group. Please help us to help protect our marine environment by supporting our community raffle. Why not grab a book of tickets and sell them to your friends, workmates and family. An easy way to …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/07/win-great-prizes-cafnec-marine-response-team-community-raffle/

Dredging proposal for Cairns Port / Trinity Inlet – updated information sheet

Dredging proposal for Cairns Port / Trinity Inlet Ports North is proposing to undertake a major dredging operation in Trinity Inlet, however there are serious environmental risks and major community concerns with the proposal. This proposal is reportedly to allow larger cruise liners to enter Trinity Inlet. The claim is that this will provide economic …

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Permanent link to this article: http://cafnec.org.au/2014/08/05/dredging-proposal-cairns-port-trinity-inlet-updated-information-sheet/

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