CSG Mining Threatens Mt Mulligan, Kuranda Paper Sept 2014

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FoE Kuranda urges Newman: drop LNP plans to log Kuranda State Forest!

Friends of the Earth Kuranda has written an open letter to the Queensland Premier expressing FoEK’s strong opposition to a resumption of commercial logging in the State Forests of this region. The letter also seeks clarification about reports, which appear to be confirmed last year, that the Newman Government plans to reopen Kuranda State Forest to native forest logging.

FoE’s letter follows correspondence between Kuranda Conservation‘s Jax Bergesen and the Queensland Director General of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

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Beautiful Postcards for Sale!

FoE Kuranda has some attractive new postcards for sale.

The postcards were produced thanks to the efforts of John Gleu – and in particular, the hard work of Lisa from Koah who did most of the card design and co-ordination. It’s a joint venture between FoE Kuranda and the FNQ Sustainability Alliance.


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Kuranda Water Forum

Friends of the Earth Kuranda organized a forum on 26th May 2014. The Forum focused on the Kuranda town water, which is supplied from the Barron River.

The forum was attended by the Mareeba Shire Mayor Tom Gilmore, Deputy Mayor Jenny Jensen and a senior council staff member, plus a wide cross-section of people from the local area.

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No Fracking Way in FNQ!

As environmentalists in Far North Queensland gear up for a campaign to stop this very special part of the world being assaulted by the coal seam gas (CSG) industry, here are two items of good cheer.

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Barron River Water Quality Forum

6pm Monday May 26th Cyber Café, Kuranda

Image_002-300x218.jpgHave a talk with any elders in the area and you will hear stories of beautiful clean water of the Barron River – ‘in the olden days’…

The river has been on quite a journey since then, with erosion from land-clearing for chemical agriculture including tobacco farming, which has left long-lasting heavy metal contaminants in riverside soils, mining, run-off from live-stock, house-hold and industrial waste, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, fertilizers, feral animals etc etc.

  • What is the current state of the water in the Barron River catchment and our drinking water?
  • How does the water quality change with rainfall and drier times?
  • What are the health problems that have been reported in relation to the water?
  • What sort of tests are done for what sort of chemicals and pollutants?
  • What is being done at the moment to clean up the whole of the Barron River catchment?
  • What funds/programs/resources are available to access to do this?
  • What are the cutting-edge environmentally responsible methods used around the world for
  • cleaning water catchments?

Join Jenny Jensen to discuss these and other water issues from 6pm on the 26th of May 2014

Photograph of the Barron River by Jon Gleu

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Media Release: Forum on Barron River Water Quality

Media Release – 15th May 2014

What is the current state of the water in the Barron river catchment and our drinking water? How does the water quality change with rainfall and drier times? What sort of tests are done for what sort of chemicals and pollutants?

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Stop Coal Seam Gas in FNQ! – an Information Day

Please join us at the Mareeba Racecourse 9.30am and 1pm on
Wed. 28th May to hear from local Bamma Aboriginal) leaders and Drew Hutton Lock the Gate Alliance). Tea and cake avail.

Photo Bood HicksonA coalition of concerned community members is assisting the Western Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation and Nguddaboolgan Prescribed Body Corporate, who invite the public to learn and share their knowledge of coal seam gas methane) extraction and its implications for our region.

A CSG exploration permit has been granted over Nguddaboolgan Mt Mulligan) ~60km west north west of Mareeba in the headwaters of the iconic Mitchell River. Nguddaboolgan is a very sacred place to the Djungan people and surrounding traditional custodians. This country contains numerous sacred and cultural sites that are listed on the National Heritage database and has endangered fauna and also plants that are found nowhere else.

Mt Mulligan also holds significant historical values.

For further information on fracking visit the Lock the Gate Alliance website.

For more information please call Alwyn 0458-750-594 or Bood 0429-121-212 Email: bood@tpg.com.au

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Kuranda’s aging asbestos water pipes.

The Kuranda Water Treatment Plant’s – Drinking Water Quality Management Plan Feb 2012 reveals that between 30% to 60% of Kuranda’s water pipes have been made with asbestos concrete. The problem with asbestos concrete water pipes is that as the pipes age and start to deteriorate, asbestos fibers are released into the water supply.

While inhaled asbestos is recognized as a serious carcinogen, the Government’s current position is that ingesting asbestos fibre from the water supply poses little or no risk to the public health. So this is why there are no established guidelines for unsafe levels of asbestos in town water.

There is however growing concern around the world. Regulators are not taking into account the potential to inhale asbestos fibers e.g. in aerosol droplets when showering, or from fibers trapped on clothing during washing. These fibres are then released into the atmosphere especially from cloths driers and humidifiers.

Asbestos is clearly another important reason to install proper water filtering for one’s home and business.

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Fukushima Meltdown Update

Fukushima-nuclear-explosions.jpgExplosions at the Fukushima Reactor Building 3 on 31 Dec 2013 are causing concern. Is that the reactor in the process of uncontrolled meltdown? The implications of this would be serious as 89 tons of nuclear fuel are contained in this building, which could then be released into the atmosphere.

Even before the recent explosion, the west coast of North and South America was being affected by a significant increases of radiation. Iodine supplementation is being recommended by doctors to prevent thyroid cancer from the increased radiation levels. Experts are now warning that ‘the days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over’.

The new Queensland Government’s recent overturning of Queensland’s 23-year ban on Uranium mining needs to be reconsidered for many reasons – not least the recurring accidents at nuclear power plants over decades-from Chernobyl to Fukishima – plus the unresolved issue of where to dump the toxic nuclear waste. 

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