Palaszczuk government should be fast tracking renewable energy, not coal projects

MEDIA RELEASE 10 October, 2016 The Queensland Conservation Council has this morning expressed dismay that the Queensland state government has signalled it will be actively facilitating Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has invoked special powers in an attempt to progress the controversial Carmichael coal and rail project. The combined mine, rail and associated water infrastructure have now been declared ‘critical infrastructure’. This is the first time since the late 2000s that this has happened. Continue reading

Submission to the Inquiry into the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

QCC made a brief submission on the Agriculture and Environment Committee of Queensland Parliament regarding the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (referred to as the ‘EPOLA Bill’). Continue reading

Labor’s Queensland Renewable Energy Target can and must be way of the future

MEDIA RELEASE September 30, 2016 The Queensland Conservation Council has this morning expressed concerns that Queensland’s renewable energy target is being used as a political football, amid wild claims about renewable energy in the context of extreme weather events and power systems failures in South Australia. Continue reading

Progress Report on ‘Reef 2050 Plan’ shows much stronger action needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef

MEDIA RELEASE September 29, 2016 The first Progress Report on the joint Federal-Queensland Government Reef 2050 Plan indicates positive action on some fronts, but highlights how much more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef, according to Queensland’s peak conservation body. Continue reading

QCC Submission to the Qld Govt paper ‘Advancing Climate Action in Queensland’

Queensland Conservation Council has made a submission in response to the Queensland government discussion paper Advancing Climate Action in Queensland.  QCC has made a number of recommendations for the government to consider and respond to on how it should address climate change at the state level. Continue reading

Adani mine court decision: ‘time to stop exporting climate change’

MEDIA RELEASE August 29, 2016 Peak conservation group Queensland Conservation Council has called on Federal and state politicians to commit to shelving Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine, following the decision of the Federal Court to reject a climate-change focussed challenge to its approval. Continue reading

Nationals lead vote against the reef, climate and wildlife by failing to pass stronger tree-clearing laws

MEDIA RELEASE for August 19, 2016 Peak environment group Queensland Conservation Council has condemned the failure of Queensland Parliament to pass stronger tree clearing laws in Parliament overnight. Continue reading

Address to the tree-clearing rally, outside Queensland Parliament Wednesday 17 August

Thank you everyone for coming. It’s great to see so many people and colourful banners. I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners: the Jagera and Turrbal people, their elders past and present, and their future leaders. We are all here because we care deeply about our native wildlife, about the Great Barrier Reef, about climate change, and drought and erosion….We are here because of our escalating tree clearing rates, and because tree clearing directly impacts on all of these issues. You can’t clear 300,000 hectares each year, and not destroy threatened species, release tens of millions of tonnes of land use carbon emissions, or make run off and sedimentation in the Reef much worse. Continue reading

Rally says ‘Back the Bill to Restore the Laws’ on tree-clearing

MEDIA RELEASE August 17, 2016 Two hundred people from conservation groups and concerned citizens held a rally outside Queensland Parliament this morning, calling on Queensland MPs to pass changes to the Vegetation Management Act to rein in out-of-control tree clearing. A Bill to reform the laws is expected to be debated in Parliament on Wednesday night, with the vote to follow on Thursday. Continue reading