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CAFNEC editorial, Ecotone articles, general interest

Ports Bill Committee off track on Cairns dredging

CAFNEC is today commenting on a parliamentary committee report that suggests the Government consider ignoring commitments to UNESCO and the Queensland electorate in favour of amendments to the Ports Bill to allow unfettered new dredging in Cairns.   CAFNEC Director Josh Coates said:   “This recommendation is that the Government ‘consider’ priority port listing for …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/09/02/ports-bill-committee-off-track-on-cairns-dredging/

Aggressive pro-dredging lobbyists caught on film as political billboard is included in Cairns festival parade.

There is concern amongst members of the Cairns community after a political billboard was displayed in a Council organised community parade launching the Cairns Festival. The billboard was accompanied by people handing out political leaflets to the crowd. Further controversy was fuelled when community members peacefully approached the billboard in a public park to take …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/08/30/aggressive-pro-dredging-lobbyists-caught-on-film-as-political-billboard-is-included-in-cairns-festival-parade/

‘Coal is tanking’ – Market Forces on the future of fossil fuels & the Reef

Event Wrap – Fossil Fuel Investments & Saving the Reef On 13 August CAFNEC hosted Julien Vincent from Market Forces promoting their new report ‘Fuelling the Fire’. Market Forces are an affiliate of Friends of the Earth Melbourne, and are doing great things to highlight the complex links between our everyday finances, big business and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/08/19/coal-is-tanking-market-forces-on-the-future-of-fossil-fuels-the-reef/

Cape York Wongai coal mine coordinated project status lapses

Cape York Wongai coal mine fails to progress approvals process as coordinated project status lapses The proposed Wongai coal mine on Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York has failed to progress its applications with the Queensland government and is no longer listed as a coordinated project under the control of the Department of State Development.  The …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/07/27/cape-york-wongai-coal-mine-coordinated-project-status-lapses/

Your guide to providing feedback on the Cairns Dredging EIS

Public Comment Period ends 1st June 2015   To help you have your say CAFNEC has provided the following resources: Short Background Some points you may wish to make in providing comment How to have your say A pro-forma letter you can adapt, or sign and send, or email using the easy email tool (scroll …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/05/26/your-guide-to-providing-feedback-on-the-cairns-dredging-eis/

Employment opportunity with CAFNEC! – Community Engagement Officer

Do you have the passion, drive and skills to work with the community to protect the far North Queensland environment? The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre is seeking a Community Engagement Officer, part-time (15hrs/week) on a 6 month contract, for immediate start. This a great opportunity to give something back to your community, and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/04/21/employment-opportunity-with-cafnec-community-engagement-officer/

Congratulations, the environment wins – Cairns dredging halted!

Congratulations, the environment wins – Cairns dredging halted! Significant win in the ongoing campaign to protect Trinity Inlet and the Great barrier Reef World Heritage Area. On Saturday 18th April 2015 the Queensland Government announced that it would not be funding the Cairns Dredging proposal. CAFNEC has put in years of work informing politicians and …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/04/20/congratulations-the-environment-wins-cairns-dredging-halted/

Halt to ill-conceived Cairns Dredging welcomed

Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) has welcomed the State Government’s statements that the Cairns Dredging proposal will not proceed. This announcement comes alongside the long delayed release of the Environmental Impact Statement for public comment. Cairns Post: Trinity Inlet dredging canned after Environmental Impact Statement raises issues For legal reasons the Environmental Impact Statement …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/04/18/halt-to-ill-conceived-cairns-dredging-welcomed/

Ecotone Magazine – March 2015 issue

Dear readers, we are happy to present our first Ecotone magazine issue for 2015. Topics include updates on the Queensland election results and perspectives on what a new government means for our environment; important local issues and notices; and all about the Far North Wilderness Bike Tour 2015! We also celebrate the great work of …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/03/19/ecotone-magazine-march-2015-issue/

Cairns dredging revelations lead to renewed calls to dump new dredging proposal.

2014 maintenance dredging program exceeded normal permitted levels of dumping. MEDIA RELEASE 05/03/2015 It has become apparent to CAFNEC that in 2014 Ports North dumped more dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park than their GBRMPA permit allows for in a normal year. The dumping permit allows for 350,000 tonnes dry weight or …

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Permanent link to this article: https://cafnec.org.au/2015/03/05/cairns-dredging-revelations-lead-to-renewed-calls-to-dump-new-dredging-proposal/