Governments and the agricultural sector have long held ambitions of conquering the vast rivers and natural landscapes of northern Australia. Since the 1940s the Commonwealth and state/territory governments have poured billions of dollars into R&D and water infrastructure projects in an attempt to expand irrigated agriculture across the north.Read more
Wednesday 3rd January
Kuranda: 11 Kuranda Cresc, [text: where is the meeting again? 0403214422]
Members and Friends and potential campaigners! Bring your friends
You are invited to the FoE FNQ New Year tea party this Wednesday 3 January at 6pm, at 11 Kuranda Cresc. Celebrate the wins of 2017 and help set our priorities for 2018. Bring a plate and share a meal in the rainforest while putting the world to right.
All welcome who are interested in protecting this very special area. You and your valuable time and energy are appreciated and needed.
If you cannot come to the party but would like to be involved, please let us know your availability so you can come next time! We can organise video links in 2018 if that works best for you... You are important to us. 😀
And in the meantime have a very Happy New Year.
Thank you all for your support in 2017!
John, Margaret & Sarah
Successes and Activity 2017
Stop Adani communications, database and action support
Cassowary Keystone strategy assistance
Bat interventions at Mareeba
Supporting Koah community's campaigns about contaminated bore water & fire management
Plans and issues for 2018 include:
Land clearing and land use in FNQ
Poison use in the region
Establishing a Tablelands FoE working group based in Mareeba
plus bring your concerns and campaign ideas.
Mareeba Council Fails Kuranda Community Again
At the July 2017 council meeting, it took just nine minutes for council to pass more than four motions, two of which allowed assessment of high density, rural residential developments in an environmentally fragile area (Myola Valley, Kuranda) under the old, 2004- and now superseded planning scheme.
The high density. rural residential development applications are for the Kuranda vets' land (subdivision into approximately 48 blocks of around 2 acres in size) and the Barnwell road property (site of the ambitious and possibly fictional KUR-World project) of 176 blocks also of around 2 acres each.
These subdivisions would not be deemed appropriate according to the Mareeba Shire Council 2016 plan, the FNQ2031 plan and the State Planning mapping (Matters of Environmental significance). Hence this extraordinary tactic of trying to have the developments assessed under the old plan, which was rejected a decade ago by the Kuranda community and eventually by the State Government.
In previous articles we mentioned the dangers associated with conventional agriculture as bores have turned up with too high levels of arsenic in Koah possibly due to the use of arsenic during tobacco farming times. Conventional farming uses many dangerous chemicals. Some insecticides, for example the much used Methomyl and Chlorpyrifos are anti-cholinesterases(nerve poisons) just like Sarin. In fact it was only after some potent insecticides were developed that armies also saw their usefulness in chemical warfare.
It follows that keeping conventional agriculture as far away as possible from environmental values and populated areas is a safe precaution.
What you can do:
Ring MSC on 1300 308 461 or 07 4086 4500
Ask them: "put the old 300 metre buffer zone back into the new MSC2016 plan to protect against dangerous spray drift. This will help to avoid 'accidents' like we saw in Mareeba last year, in future."
Use social media to say Stop #spraydrift [#spraydrift is the globally used hashtag for this issue which effects communities across the world]
Come along to the Friends of the Earth FNQ meeting for January
Informal dining atmosphere - think coffee, pizza and politics.
Lift from Cairns around 4:30pm.
Lift back after the meeting.
We have this monthly OPEN meeting to discuss HOW the different campaigns and affiliates might support each other. How do we leverage and sync operations and resources so that we get SYNERGY! How do we COOPERATE!!
Best wishes for this end of the year season!
We wish you a restful and safe holiday and hope to see you involved in the new year. We know that having people active and participating is what gets campaign outcomes. Please see our newsletter below for many ways to get involved.
We hope that, in 2017 we'll meet you face to face in the plazas and markets.
For a safe, healthy and ecological North Queensland.
Yours in peace,
Consider a Non-Consumer Gift This YearDonate, and send a set of these beautiful colouring in sheets to your young nieces and nephews this year.
They will receive a colourful CERTIFICATE as well to print out. With their name a seasons wish from you.
All drawn by our own Cate Adams of Reduce Reuse Recycle Mareeba Shire
[Remember! Their parents will be so glad you haven't sent another consumer thing to sit around the house!]
Southern Cassowaries: loss of habitat, attacks from roaming dogs, road vehicles.
Kuranda Tree Frog: threatened urban development of their habitat
Spectacled Flying Fox: paralysis ticks, orphaned babies, removal of nursery trees.
...and more to come.
The Way it Works
- your receipt will contain a link to the page where ...
- you can enter the details you would like on a Friends of the Animals certificate.
- we will email a certificate when we receive your preferred greeting, and the name of your friend or loved one
- and the link to download the colouring pages.
We are not bots, so please allow 24 hours for their email to arrive. :)
Donations ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
FOE Questions the Subdividing of KOAH until Issues of Water are Resolved
Mareeba Shire Council continues to subdivide Koah region without solving water issues. Mareeba Shire Council is giving different messages regarding its responsibilities regarding safe drinkable water.
Planner Brian Millard wrote to Kuranda Region Planning Group that
“In terms of planning requirements for subdivisions outside of a reticulated water supply network, the developer must show an adequate water supply.”
He suggests it’s up to the owners to test and treat their own water. But this appears to contradict other advice and regulations attached to subdivisions.
It’s true that Council is not directly responsible for bore water quality. However when the Planning Department of the MSC makes a subdivision subject to potable water (“each lot must be provided with potable water”) this surely means that the water is drinkable and not just available.
Foe FNQ is assuming that the definition of “potable” is drinkable according to particular Standards. Who's responsibility is it?Read more