Decision by Queensland government to rule out Adani royalties subsidies and NAIF loan support welcomed

MEDIA RELEASE May 27 Peak state environment group Queensland Conservation Council has welcomed confirmation that the Queensland government has formally resolved to rule out public subsidies such as a ‘royalties holiday’ to Adani for its Carmichael coal mine.  It is understood that the new policy positon on ‘royalties holiday’ will also be applied consistently for future coal mines.  It allows for a deferral option, but interest will be charged on deferred amounts, excluding a direct subsidy. Continue reading

QCC & AMCS letter to Queensland Cabinet re Adani royalties holiday

Queensland Conservation Council and Australian Marine Conservation Society jointly wrote to members of Queensland Cabinet last week, urging them to not allow for Adani to be granted a 'royalties holiday' arrangement. Read our letter here

1 million hectares of bush, forest & trees razed since Newman’s LNP government let loose the bulldozers

MEDIA RELEASE FROM QCC, TWS, WWF, EDO AND SEEC  May 21   More than 1 million hectares of bush, forest and trees have likely been cleared since the Newman LNP Government let loose the bulldozers on Queensland, said organisations including WWF-Australia, the Wilderness Society and the Queensland Conservation Council that today launched an alliance to end land clearing in the state.  Continue reading

Return of Cape York traditional land a historic land justice and conservation point in space and time

MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release: 17 May 2017 Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has congratulated the Wuthathi, Northern Kaanju and KuKu Y’au Traditional Owners on the formal return of their traditional land on Cape York’s north eastern region, an area formerly known as ‘Bromley’. Continue reading

 Report of Abbot Point coal port sediment release requires a strong response and a review of licences

MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release: 3 May 2017 Report of Abbot Point coal port sediment release requires a strong response and a review of licences Peak state environment group Queensland Conservation Council has expressed deep concern on news that the Adani Abbot Point Bulkcoal facility has itself admitted releasing heavily sediment-contaminated water during Tropical Cyclone Debbie. It is unclear whether the water and sediment reached the marine environment, part of the GBR World Heritage Area. Continue reading

Huge renewables hub for Gladstone would be a strong positive sign of energy transition in Queensland

MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release: 21 April 2017 Peak state environment group the Queensland Conservation Council and regional member group Gladstone Conservation Council have both strongly welcomed the prospect of a massive renewables hub for Gladstone, a town currently powered by coal. Continue reading

Empowering NQ women for the Environment

In a culture where we are often focused on limitations, 'Empowering NQ women for the Environment' on Magnetic Island was an event that celebrated the incredible capacity of generations of NQ women standing up boldly for the environment. Continue reading

Clearing rainforest habitat for dog shelter totally unacceptable

MEDIA RELEASE for 22-23 March 2017 Peak state environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has slammed what its understands to be a proposal from Douglas Shire Council in Far North Queensland to acquire and clear intact tropical rainforest for an animal shelter. Continue reading

Interim Report on failing koala protection fails to deliver

MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release: 10 March 2017 The release of an Interim Report from the Southeast Queensland Koala Expert Panel has failed to deliver any hope for the State’s faunal emblem, according to the Queensland Conservation Council. Continue reading

‘State of the environment’ is poor and failing Government Report shows, with Queensland land clearing still a big problem

MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release: 7 March 2017 The release of the latest national ‘State of the Environment’ Report today shows that our environment is in poor shape with failing health especially in Queensland, according to the Queensland Conservation Council. Continue reading