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There is a lot of mis-information being spread in the local media that the Greens and the Veg Management laws are to blame for the Cobraball fires west of Yeppoon in November 2019.  This is absolutely untrue. Neither the Vegetation Management Laws nor the 'Greens' are responsible for the severity or any other aspect of the Cobraball fires.  

Almost all of the fires occurred on freehold land where there is NO restriction upon landholders preventing them from managing their land so as to reduce the impact of future wildfires.  

If controlled "cool" burns are required to reduce fuel loads at other times of the year, then it is entirely between the landholder and their local Rural Fire Brigade warden to obtain a permit and plan properly for that exercise.  No 'greens' are preventing this process.  Also the Veg. Mamagement Laws provide all the exemptions needed to conduct such burns. Here are examples

  • Fire Management Line - Clearing for a necessary fire management line to a maximum width of 10m.
  • Firebreaks - Clearing to establish or maintain a necessary firebreak to protect buildings and structures (other than fences, roads and tracks) to a maximum width of 20m or 1.5 times the height of the tallest adjacent tree, whichever is the greater.
  • Hazardous fuel load reduction - Clearing by fire to reduce hazardous fuel load under the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990.

There are only 1 or 2 locations in the Cobraball area that are mapped as "Essential Habitat" but it is most unlikely that this has prevented any earlier burning activity. 

Because of the changing seasons, the opportunity for controlled burns is reducing greatly.  It takes a large number of people and just the right conditions to conduct a controlled burn successfully.  Also, fuel loads have greatly increased due to the introduction of foreigh grasses, particularly Guinea Grass.  

In addition - there isn't a National Park within cooee of any of the afffected areas.

The greens, whether the political party "The Greens" or just general green type people such as us have got nothing to do with individual landholders' responsibilities to manage their land for fire.

Bimblebox is under imminent threat
Scientists tell us that hundreds of thousands of native birds and animals will not survive the clearing of more than 4,000 ha of Bimblebox Nature Refuge and the massive landscape changes from underground mining in the remaining 4,000  ha. Bimblebox cannot be replaced or offset. Yet Waratah Coal wants their Galilee Coal Project to proceed there. It is either Nature or Coal; it cannot be both.
On Monday 2nd December, The Bimblebox Alliance will lodge our objections in the Queensland Land Court to Waratah Coal's Mining Lease and Environmental Authority. We object to the destruction of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge from Clive Palmer's coal mine.  This David and Goliath battle will be expensive, but it must be fought.

Donate and find more information on our website at https://bimblebox.org.


Climate Change Strike





Mass extinction around the corner for a million species: UN report
Over a million species of plants and animals are under threat of extinction, according to a major report which says nature is in more trouble now that at any time in human history. Species are being lost at a rate tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past, and the disaster is a direct result of decades of human activity scarring the land and sea. The findings of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, put together for the United Nations by 450 experts from 50 countries, found more than half a million species ‘have insufficient habitat for long-term survival’ and will likely go extinct, many within decades. Despite the apocalyptic scenario, scientists say there is still time to save the Earth if governments, companies and individuals take action. 

UN Report

UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

PARIS, 6 May – Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary, meeting last week (29 April – 4 May) in Paris.
Also: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-06/biggest-global-assessment-of-biodiversity-sounds-dire-warnings/11082940
and:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/06/human-society-under-urgent-threat-loss-earth-natural-life-un-report  

and yet some landholders in Qld still throw a tantrum when the government tries to do something curtail unsustainable tree clearing.

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Stop Adani

Rookwood Weir - what a waste of money 

At last someone has been game enough to declare that "The Emperor has No Clothes".   ( - but nobody is listening, including The Rockhampton Morning Bully and all politicians,)

 Infrastructure Australia  has announced in a media release on 13 July 2018 that the costs of the project are likely to exceed benefits, and that the weir will deliver much more water than what's actually needed. 
Infrastructure Australia says the business case does not support the short and long-term reasons for building the weir.  
"The short-term need to provide an additional 4,000 megalitres of water to the Livingstone Shire Council region does not currently require the construction of a weir which could provide 76,000 megalitres each year," the body says in an assessment released on Friday.   It also points to an uncertain demand for water for irrigated agriculture.

"The other driver for the project - connecting the Lower Fitzroy River to Awoonga Dam to diversify supply - is a longer-term need and most likely not required until 2037," it says.  
"There is significant risk with the uncertain demand for additional water, particularly for irrigated agriculture."

Infrastructure Australia said more work needed to be done to strike binding customer agreements for the water the weir would provide, and therefore greater economic certainty.

"Infrastructure Australia has not included the Lower Fitzroy River Infrastructure Project (Rookwood Weir) as a Priority Project on the Infrastructure Priority List at this time."

In spite of this, politicians of all major parties, including Council mayors, are lining up to support this ridiculous project which has really become just a "make work" scheme.  

In a breathtaking piece of nonsense logic, politicians are blatently saying that the weir can provide for irrigated agriculture and prevent Rockhampton from running out of water in dry years.  Well, if you use the water for agriculture, then in dry years there will be nothing left to save Rocky.   You can't have both.  

CCC has long opposed the spending of a huge amount of taxpayer money on an enormous white elephant.  This weir will greatly reduce the habitat of the two turtles that inhabit the Fitzroy River.    
See Rookwood page 

Middle Island Underwater Observatory (MIUO)
 Read here CCC's summary of concerns  regarding the safety and condition of Middle Island Underwater Observatory. Could the saga of Tower’s rusting Tower of Fable be a lost sketch from BBC’s “Yes Minister” or “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” – King of Swamp Castle: “When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. And that one sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, and then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that’s what you’re going to get, Son, the strongest castle in all of England.

Outraged? Here’s some useful contacts to state your views:

GBRMPA: (07) 4750 0700
Marine Parks: 13 QGOV (13 74 68) 
Federal MP for Capricornia: (07) 4922 6604               
State MP for Keppel: (07) 4939 5732
Federal Environment Minister: https://onlineservices.environment.gov.au/contact-your-minister

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Tree Clearing

Broadscale Tree Clearing
  When the LNP came to power with Campbell Newman as  Premier in 2012, tree clearing controls were greatly relaxed.  Clearing rates sky-rocketed.  Queenslanders are now clearing about 250,000 hectares  per year. Most of what is yet to be cleared is the more marginal country.  Land clearing is the biggest single contributor to species extinction, for which we have the worst record in the world.  
For more analysis of  policies of the main parties concering environmental issues for this election go to these websites:
Australian Conservation Foundation  
Queensland Conservation Council  
National Parks Association Qld.
World Wildlife Fund 

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