CAFNEC 2015 Election activities and news

A central source for all everything related to the 2015 election and the FNQ environment, bookmark this page and visit regularly for updates.


2015 and a sneaky snap election has caught many people napping, but here at CAFNEC we are well into implementing an election campaign plan.
CANEC AMCS LEAFLET XThe future of the Great Barrier Reef is polling at almost unprecedented heights as an election issue this year, and the frankly shocking rollback of environmental protection laws in the past 3 years is of concern to us all.

This election we will have a strong focus on the reef with our vote for the reef campaign and we will be producing an election report card and other materials so we can all make an informed voting decision based on the candidates policies on local and state-wide environmental issues.

We are running events, outreach at community events, letterboxing and informing the community during this important time for the future of our FNQ environment.

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Election 2015 – open letter to all our supporters and volunteers

We are sending out a massive thanks to all the volunteers, management committee members and CAFNEC supporters who contributed to a successful election campaign period.

Reef Hour – Election Special event a success

Information boothEvent wrap up: On the 27th of January CAFNEC and AMCS hosted at the Salt House in Cairns an important event in our ongoing series of Reef Hour events, the Reef Hour – Election Special event.

Outcomes of election environment survey for FNQ

The outcomes of a pre-election survey of local candidates by CAFNEC (the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre) has shown major differences between the candidates and their parties on key environment issues.

Vote for the Environment – what has happened in the last 3 years?

In the lead up to the 2015 election CAFNEC is encouraging everyone to Vote For The Environment and Vote for the Reef.

Queensland Conservation Council and The Cairns And Far North Environment Centre are sharing the following summary of the environmental policies enacted in the last three years of Government. This leaflet is being distributed at community events, via letterboxing and is available for download as a pdf here: QCC cafnec leaflet web

Reef Hour – Election Special event tomorrow – all welcome

Reef Hour – Election Special event tomorrow – all welcome
Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) is today inviting media and the public to attend a very important event in the lead up to the State election.
When: Tuesday 27th January. 12:30 – 1:30pm
Where: Salt House, Marina Point

CAFNECElectionReportCard_webCAFNEC election 2015 report card summary released
CAFNEC have released a summary report card on the political parties policies on the environment for the 2015 Queensland state election on Jan 31st.
Reef election commitments welcomed

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) has welcomed commitments from the Labor party to improve reef health released in a document entitled “Saving the Great Barrier Reef – Labor’s plan to protect a natural wonder” released yesterday. The document contains specific reference to the Cairns dredging proposal, suggesting that if Labor forms Government they will stop throwing money at this risky and unnecessary project.

CAFNEC tells you how to vote!

OK, got your attention, good. This article is not going to tell you who to vote for, but actually how to vote. We have received a number of questions on how the Queensland voting system works, especially around how preferences are distributed.

facebook-profile-pic4Politicians confused about policy on Cairns dredging?

The LNP appears to be confused about their own policy regarding the Cairns port dredging proposal in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The community has been told that State Government policy was NO new dumping in the Marine Park. However last week on ABC Radio, Cairns MP Gavin King blamed the federal Government for ruling out dumping of new dredge spoil in the Marine Park and stated that sea dumping of dredge spoil was his preferred option.

Real Targets and real funding for GBR water quality needed.

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) has today responded to Labor’s announcement of $100 million increased funding over 5 years for improving reef water quality. MEDIA RELEASE 14/01/2015

Politicians take note: Great Barrier Reef health matters to voters

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) is today drawing attention to a new report presenting evidence for what many of us know – The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) environmental health matters to locals and tourists, especially in the Far North. MEDIA RELEASE 07/01/2015

Come clean on dirty dredging – politicians must make their position clear

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) has called on all political candidates to make clear their position on Cairns dredging and dredge spoil dumping in the lead up to the State election.

Our Great Barrier Reef is an election issue – Evidence for the obvious

Evidence has been presented in a new report for what many of us know,- people care about the Great Barrier Reef and want to see it protected. They are willing to pay for this to happen and we at CAFNEC think they are also likely to vote with the reef in mind..


A4_PRINT.inddReef Hour – Election Special

The Reef Hour – Election Special event will feature political candidates discussing their positions on issues relevant to the protection of the Great Barrier Reef.

Event Details:

When: Tuesday 27th January. 12:30 – 1:30pm
Where: Salt House, Marina Point
Who: Michael Trout MP (LNP), Rob Pyne (Labour candidate), Noel Castley-Wright (Greens candidate)
What: Introduction to the issues from CAFNEC, Short talks from candidates, Q&A.

How you can get involved:

What you can do right now to help:

  • Don’t have the time to help us physically? Become an ecostar and support our important work this election and beyond https://cafnec.org.au/memberships-donations/ecostar-membership/
  • Put lunchtime (12:30- 1:30) Tuesday 27th @ Salt House in your diary to attend our Reef Hour – Election Special event featuring NLP, Labour and Greens candidates and a Q&A session. Details at: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/01/reef-hour-election-special/
  • Help us to get voters to pledge to vote for the reef. Drop in to the office or contact us to get pledges to distribute to friends, family, at work or in your community group. Be a reef champion and share your pledge on social media too!
  • Leafleting campaign – help us to distribute flyers encouraging people to vote for the reef and informing people of the current state of our environmental protection laws. Contact us with your availability and preferred areas for letterboxing.
  • Election day activities – are you available to help out on election day? Let us know.
  • Rusty’s Market stalls – we will have a presence every weekend up to the election, can you help us out? Are you able to organise and run a stall at other events in the lead up to the election?
  • Other events – if you would like to be part of colourful and fun actions in the lead up to the election, get in touch. Dressing up and having fun for a good cause will be encouraged.
  • Office volunteers needed too.

CANEC AMCS LEAFLET X2Please contact us now by emailing marine [at] cafnec.org.au or calling the office on (07) 4032 1746

Together we can really make a difference and push for a better deal for our FNQ environment.