Category Archive: News

CAFNEC editorial, Ecotone articles, general interest

MEDIA RELEASE “Taking the axe to Queensland’s tree clearing laws” not such a bright idea

24 April 2013 The Newman government is proposing amendments to the Vegetation Management Framework that would reduce protection of our native vegetation and allow the clearing of an estimated 700,000 hectares of Queensland’s endangered and ecologically significant forests and woodlands. “The proposed Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill causes us to have serious concerns about the …

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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: https://cafnec.org.au/2013/04/22/proposes-amendments-to-the-vegetation-management-act-put-queensland-biodiversity-at-risk/

MEDIA RELEASE – Important mangrove habitat to be the victim of unnecessary airport expansion

27 March 2013 The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, CAREFISH (CAirns REcreational Fishing Industry Stake Holders) and local commercial fishers are concerned over the recent approval of the Cairns Airport Land Use Plan by the State government. The Land Use Plan contains a ‘Movement Expansion Precinct’ (or new second parallel runway) and a ‘Mixed …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2013/04/11/media-release-important-mangrove-habitat-to-be-the-victim-of-unnecessary-airport-expansion/

Become a Weed Warrior – Help Bash Bellyache Bush

By Brynn Mathews When you’re out enjoying the country around Emu Creek and the Walsh or Palmer Rivers you can do something to both improve the environment and help increase biodiversity.  The Mitchell River Watershed Management Group (MRWMG) needs your help with a control program for a particularly nasty weed.* If you had to invent …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2013/03/19/become-a-weed-warrior-help-bash-bellyache-bush/

Burke approves inappropriate Ella Bay resort development

MEDIA RELEASE 20th DECEMBER 2012 Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke announced his approval of the Ella Bay resort development near Innisfail yesterday, a decision which will threaten federally listed endangered species and ecological communities.  “We have serious concerns for the unique ecology of this area given the nature and scale of the proposed development. The …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/12/20/burke-approves-inappropriate-ella-bay-resort-development/

Sir David Attenborough urges Prime Minister not to abandon national environment powers

23 November 2012 Today, 33 United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Laureates (elected to the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour in recognition of outstanding practical achievement in the protection of the environment) delivered Prime Minister Gillard a letter urging her not to abandon national environmental protection and devolve powers to state and territory Governments. …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/12/06/sir-david-attenborough-urges-prime-minister-not-to-abandon-national-environment-powers/

Local artist on board for a plastic free paradise

Anyone walking down Shields St recently may have noticed an unusual shop front window display. The enticing, glowing world of plastic on display at Community Foods is an art installation created by local artist Kevin Mayo as part of the Think Outside the Bag project. The Think Outside the Bag project is being run by …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/11/27/local-artist-on-board-for-a-plastic-free-paradise/

Sharks of the Coral Sea

Scientists estimate that up to 90% of the big oceanic fish, including sharks, have been lost from our oceans over the past 50 years due to overfishing.  The Coral Sea is one of the world’s last ocean areas where healthy populations of large ocean predators still exist.  For this reason the Coral Sea is considered …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/11/12/sharks-of-the-coral-sea/

Port Douglas plastic bag surveys

In August 2012, volunteers from the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre, Tangaroa Blue and the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group hit the streets of Port Douglas to survey customers and business owners and staff about plastic bags. This was the first step in the Think Outside the Bag campaign, which aims to trial a phase …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/09/18/port-douglas-plastic-bag-surveys/