FoE FNQ meets 2nd or 3rd Wednesday
Cybercafe, Kuranda, 6pm.
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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.
We support small local groups in Mareeba, Kuranda, Port Douglas and Cooktown.
Our mission is to keep NQ free of Coal Seam Gas mining and exploration activities. We also 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.
There are three known threats to the cassowary's future survival: 1) Land clearing and fragmentation of habitat 2) Car strikes and roads fragmenting landscapes 3) Unrestrained Domestic Predatory Animals (cats and dogs).
We are creating a system of First Response Cassowary Rescue.
We plant trees to restore habitat connectivity.
And we seek changes to the Local Animal Management Act.
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. The community has 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.