Advocacy and community outreach is an important part of what we do. Working with our members and member groups, we represent many sections of the community who work tirelessly to educate and mobilise people on the biggest issues facing Central Queensland.
Environment Minister Roundtable Meetings
Twice a year, CCC represents our members and member groups at the Environment Ministers Roundtable event held in Brisbane. Issues affecting the Central Queensland environment can be discussed in person with the Minister and Department of Environment and Science.
The Ministers Roundtable event also provides the opportunity for CCC to learn about other issues of concern happening across the Queensland conservation sector, some of which are matters of state, national and even international significance. The Roundtable event goes for four days, and also includes various capacity building workshops hosted by the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC).
Working across all levels of government
CCC often meet with local council staff and members to workshop through solutions to matters of environmental concern. We also attend various Local, State and Federal Government seminars, workshops and information sessions relevant to local environmental issues. CCC also meet with members of Parliament in regard to environmental issues of state and national concern.
The many different facets of CCC include contributions to broader conservation outcomes across the country by writing submissions to inquiries and responding to Discussion Papers. In 2019/2020, CCC wrote many submissions on a wide variety of issues. Here are just a few:
- Queensland Biodiversity Offset Framework Review
- Galilee Gas Pipeline
- Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill 2017
- Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
In addition, our Coordinator contributes to various working groups and steering committees to bring about sustainable change to the region.
Workshops, Forums, Outreach & Education
- We co-host community information and discussion nights with the many other organisations such as Environmental Defenders Office, Environmental Justice Australia and The Australia Institute.
- We run community information nights on campaigns where people can learn about the issues and how to take action.
- We appear on discussion panels about a range of issues from plastic pollution to climate change.
Working with the Community
With a very small team, it’s not possible for CCC to take on all issues of concern across the region. Our capacity is limited to matters of high environmental significance which are determined once a thorough assessment of an issue is undertaken. Where CCC are unable to take on an issue, we provide campaign advice to concerned residents where we can. CCC encourage residents to form groups to assist in information gathering and sharing, and to act as a point a contact for the public. This is often done through social media and face to face meet-ups.
The voice of the public is powerful, and with a concerted approach, there is no limit to what a committed group of people working towards a common goal can achieve. CCC encourage residents to contact their local Councillor with their matter of concern, and keep us up to date with how the campaign evolves, and how we can be of assistance within our capacity.