The beautiful Barron River is central to the ecology that has sustained First Nations peoples for a thousand generations. Now it flows through some of the most intensively farmed land in the country cutting through the World Heritage rainforest with its delta cutting through the middle of Cairns and out to the Great Barrier Reef. Elevated chemicals are found in the water threatening the environment.
The rich World Heritage Wet Tropics rainforests are home to Australia's greatest diversity of animals and plants. Yet there are many rare, threatened and endangered animals. Friends of the Earth FNQ works with local communities and individual members to help preserve environmental biodiversity in the Far North region.
A group formed to lobby for a recycling collection in the Mareeba Shire. We share ideas on how to reduce, reuse and recycle amongst the group, as well as how to lobby further for better recycling options.
Members of FOE FNQ are seriously questioning the proposed resort and suburban development in Myola near Kuranda. This area, zoned rural, is one of the very few habitats of the Kuranda Tree Frog. Locals are already seeing impacts on local wildlife and cultural heritage issues have been neglected. Furthermore recent earthworks at the site appear to be illegal and have damaged creeks.
FoEFNQ seeks to be actively involved, supporting other non-aligned campaigns and groups in FNQ.
We work with our friends at small local CSG-Free groups in Cairns, Mossman, Kuranda, Port Douglas and Cooktown.
FOEFNQ wants to keep NQ free of Coal Seam Gas mining and exploration activities. And we support the campaigns of Lock the Gate against gas in Queensland.
Kuranda has a unique positioning right adjacent to the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. We seek to preserve and improve the ambiance of our beautiful village. We want new infrastructure and developments to fit with OUR heritage as the Village in the Rainforest. We campaign on issues that look after the environment and ecosystems of Kuranda: the Spirit of Kuranda.
Roaming dogs, uncontrolled and hungry are a danger to cassowary and other Australian wildlife. They can also be dangerous to both children and adults. This campaign aims to educate the community about the threats from roaming dogs and to regulate them at the Shire and State levels so that dog owners are able to exercise the level of responsibility required for a safe community and safe bush.
In 2010, the Qld Government sold 99 year leases of Forestry Plantations to Hancock's Timber Resources: 350 000 hectares in all. One plantation is situated right next to Wet Tropics World Heritage. Caribbean Pine mono-culture is being grown with intensive aerial spraying of chemicals for 'weeds', i.e. native forest regrowth. Many in the community express that they have not been consulted or informed. Licenses should be reassigned and the forests re-vegetated for crucial wildlife corridors and habitat for cassowaries and other wildlife.