The Renewable Energy Rollout has been a major focus for CCC in 2023. CCC has been regularly meeting with landholders, key stakeholder and Traditional Owners to ground truth proposed projects and hear from the people who have lived and breathed the land for generations. 

In November, Queensland Conservation Council’s Clare Silcock, Energy Strategist and Stephanie Gray, Senior Renewables Campaigner, joined CCC’s President, Mick Jones, and Conservation Trainee, Summer Stringer, hosting a community meeting with landholders, CQ Collective, Uncle George Darumbal, and CleanCo where a fiery yet productive discussion was had in regards to the proposed Moah Creek Project. QCC was able to get a first hand experience of the site, confirming the need to advocate to protect the unique biodiversity and remnant vegetation of the area. 

The CCC team has been working hard to find a middle ground between the inevitable need for Renewable Energy, how to take that step sustainably & least impact on Country and its wildlife, and also ensure to involve & support the community throughout this major change. CCC is determined to be involved in the execution of a well planned and properly regulated rollout of renewable power. 

Once a month, Conservation Trainee, Summer Stringer, has been joining in on the Nature and Renewables update meeting hosted by QCC. Keeping current with the research, rollouts, and what’s happening where. Specialists from all over Australia join in on this conversation and share their stories, events, work, knowledge & resources. 

President, Mick Jones, QCC Energy Strategist, Clare Silcock, and QCC Senior Renewables Campaigner, Stephanie Gray, hosted a Renewable Energy Campaign Information Night where members of the Queensland, Capricorn and Gladstone Conservation Councils gathered to map out a plan to ensure the renewable energy rollout is done right. The groups and community representatives discussed how Australia’s and Queensland’s ineffective planning laws are the root cause leading to instances of poor project siting and community engagement practices. 

CCC respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Elders of this land – Darumbal Land and Sea Country. Always was. Always will be.  

Summer Stringer, Conservation Officer