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CAFNEC editorial, Ecotone articles, general interest

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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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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Cairns Regional CouncilWatch: Ordinary Meeting 12 Dec 2012

All the 12s were lined up. Would this prove auspicious? Meeting commenced at 10 on the dot with Cr Terry James (Div 4), as Deputy Mayor, in the Chair. Mayor Bob (‘Bats are Birds’) Manning was reported as being simply ‘away’ for a week perhaps to attend a wildlife awareness course. http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/about-council/meetings/ordinary-meeting/past-meetings/12-dec-2012 There were 21 …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/12/18/cairns-regional-councilwatch-ordinary-meeting-12-dec-2012/

Cairns Regional CouncilWatch: Ordinary Meeting 31 Oct 2012

After the rally today (31 October) against the Council decision to rip up of an Esplanade bike path and its permission to developers to submit development proposals under superseded planning schemes at Taylor’s and Buchan’s Points, a number of protesters attended the Council’s monthly Ordinary Meeting at 10 o’clock. The first issue of interest was …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2012/12/10/cairns-regional-councilwatch-ordinary-meeting-31-oct-2012/

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/

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