Tag Archive: coastal

Support Net Free Zones for Cairns and other parts of Queensland

Support Net Free Zones for Cairns and other parts of Queensland CAFNEC has long supported the introduction of net free areas in sensitive areas and areas subject to heavy human environmental pressure along the Queensland coast. We have worked closely with the local recreational fishing group CAREFISH to support the campaign to introduce a net …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/07/07/support-net-free-zones-for-cairns-and-other-parts-of-queensland/

Net Free Area for Cairns promise welcomed

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) has welcomed commitments from the Labor party regarding fisheries management contained in a document entitled “Sustainable fishing, Labor’s plan for fishing in Queensland” released yesterday. CAFNEC Marine Programs Coordinator Josh Coates said: “A highlight of the policy document for us was the clear commitment to establishment of a …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/01/29/net-free-area-cairns-promise-welcomed/

Call to bring Qld fisheries management into the 21st Century.

As the initial call for input into the Queensland fisheries review comes to a close CAFNEC has today called on the Government to live up to expectation and deliver long overdue reform for fisheries management. CAFNEC Marine Programs Coordinator and Marine Biologist Josh Coates said: “CAFNEC welcomes any review of Queensland’s outdated and ineffective fisheries …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2014/10/30/call-to-bring-qld-fisheries-management-into-the-21st-century/

Bob Irwin confirmed for Cairns Save The Reef – Protect Our Inlet community rally

Bob Irwin confirmed for Cairns Save The Reef – Protect Our Inlet community rally event. Bob Irwin, veteran environmental warrior and father of the late Steve Irwin, has been confirmed as a key speaker at the upcoming major community event at Cairns Lagoon on April 6th. Bob Irwin said: “The Reef is one of the …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2014/03/27/bob-irwin-confirmed-cairns-save-reef-protect-inlet-community-rally/

A change of plan – What’s on the horizon for our coastal areas?

To those of us who aren’t planners or legal specialists, changes to planning legislation can seem pretty dull and incomprehensible, but it’s worth persisting through the pages of confusing terminology, as the implications of these changes can be dramatic. The Newman government recently repealed the Queensland Coastal Plan which governed development and environmental protection in coastal areas, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/12/12/a-change-of-plan-whats-on-the-horizon-for-our-coastal-areas/

Airport Land Use Plan Update:5 November 2012

On 14th September 2012 the final version of the mangrove-threatening Cairns Airport Land Use Plan was submitted to Hon Jeff Seeney, Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning. Rob Williams from the Barron Delta Mangrove Protection Campaign asked the Airport Administration if a copy of this final plan is available to the public but was …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/11/06/airport-land-use-plan-update5-november-2012/

Our reef at risk from coal expansion

Protecting the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in a time of massive mining expansion in Queensland is critically important. Cumulative impacts have never been assessed and this oversight has led to the recent assessment by GBRMPA (in their new Biodiversity Conservation Strategy) that humpback whales, inshore dolphins, sharks, rays, sawfish, sea snakes, threadfin salmon, offshore seabirds …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/10/11/our-reef-at-risk-from-coal-expansion/

Boat Bay Debacle

There is a proposal to build a marina, in beautiful Boat Bay at Mission Beach. It will irrevocable change this environment, as excavation of 14 hectares of mangroves is required, to build an ‘all-states-of-the-tide’ boating facility. Background Boat Bay is located on the northern side of the headland of Clump Point, at the northern end …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/10/11/boat-bay-debacle/

Wayne Swan forces adhoc development in the GBRWHA – Pre-empts proper assessment process

MEDIA RELEASE – Monday 9th July 2012 Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc. and Cassowary Coast Alliance On the dubious basis that “Mr Katter insists there is no safe harbour for boaties between Cairns and Townsville”, Wayne Swan has apparently bypassed all state and commonwealth legal, planning and approval processes. He has given away $5.5m of …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/07/12/wayne-swan-forces-ad-hoc-development-in-gbrwha-pre-empts-proper-assessment-process/

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. …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/06/22/taylor-point-spared-from-development-for-now/