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  • Newsletter October 2016 - What's Happening in FNQ


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    Welcome to our newsletter for October 2016. Here is a summary of what we are up to.


    KURANDA FESTIVAL

    Come and join us at our stall on Sunday 23rd October from 10am

    FoE FNQ Kuranda FestivalWe will have information and fun activities about the issues we care about

    Barron River Water Quality
    Write a letter to your counsellor asking for the water to be tested for concerning contaminants

    Residential Bore Water Quality
    Get your bore water tested

    KURworld
    Sign a petition to STOP KURworld

    Wildlife Rescue
    Donate to help Bat Rescuers

    Cassowary Keystone Conservation
    Sign the petition 

    Reuse, Reduce Recycle
    Make tags and signs to remind you to take your own bags to the shops and to stop getting junk mail.

    Do you want recycling in the Kuranda shopping areas?

    Next to us will be Sleeping Mats for the Homeless. They are also supporting plastic bag awareness. Join in and cut up and reconnect some plastic bags to make 'plarn' and crochet it into mats.

    CONTACT MARGARET to go on the roster to staff the stall :) 0403-21-4422 - or just rock up!


    BARRON RIVER WATER QUALITY PETITION

    BARRON drinking water - unknownWe do not know what is in the water that we are meant to drink. 

    The water is only tested for certain contaminants. The Barron River is a runoff for intensive farming where 1000s of chemicals are used. 

    We want to know what we are drinking.

    We want the Mareeba Shire Council to test the water for the pesticides and other pollutants that flow into our Water Supply and out to the reef.

    Click here for more information and to Ask the Council to test for Pollutants in the Barron.

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    arsenic_bottole.jpgRESIDENTIAL BORE WATER Found Contaminated with Arsenic in Koah area

    Preliminary testing of bores in the Koah area have found arsenic levels are above acceptable standards.

    Read more HERE

    If you want to be more involved in this investigation and campaign SIGN UP HERE and we'll contact you.

    or contact Nadine to get directly involved or to get your bore water tested.
    Phone: 4085 0054


    STOP KURworld

    Stop KURworldDisplay this bumper sticker to show your support for the STOP KURworld campaign. Collect one at the Kuranda Festival or contact us.

    KURworld ClearingThe proposed development will destroy critical links between local species' habitats - including the endangered Cassowaries and the Kuranda Tree Frog.This is just one of the reasons that Friends of the Earth are opposed to the proposed development. 

    You can watch videos and make a survey response HERE, about what you think 


    WILDLIFE RESCUE

    PRescued Spectacled Flying Fox with babyaralysis Tick Season for Bats
    October to December is Paralysis ticks season. The ticks kill 100's of Spectacled Flying Foxes every year. Please DONATE to purchase much-needed anti-toxin and to help care for the babies while the parents recover.

    Read more at https://www.foefnq.org.au/wildlife and... 


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    CASSOWARY KEYSTONE CONSERVATION

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    The Impacts of Roaming Dogs: a Video Slideshow

    "I lived with wild cassowaries as frequent visitors to my property on a regular basis for 25 years. In February 2015 a pack of roaming dogs trespassed into my home and life. The impacts were fatal for at least seven of the cassowaries I knew and loved. This is my story but not my story alone all over the the Wet Tropic wildlife is being killed by roaming Domestic Predatory Animals. WARNING some of the photos may distress.

    "Watch my story..."   Ingrid Marker


    REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE

    Upcycled shopping bags Make a difference at home
    At the Kuranda Festival stall FoE FNQ will have examples of goods that can replace plastic.
    Check out
    -Bamboo Toothbrushes,
    -Cloth Nappies, 
    -Bees wax wraps - to replace cling wrap

    Get some ideas for recycled craft
    Planters made from tin cans, wallets made from milk cartons, UpCycled shopping bags. 

    Remember to take your own shopping bags
    Make your own signs and tags from recycled plastic containers to remind you to take you own bags to the supermarket.
    Bring along a plastic butter container to UpCycle

    Recycling rates are UP in Kuranda due to the Recycling Station in town
    Concerned citizens had a big win and gained easier access to Recycling with a Station in Arara Street Kuranda. 

    We have had reports that the rate of recycling in Kuranda is increasing with the bins filling up quicker each week. 
    Still some people are dumping cardboard, plastic bags and household rubbish which cannot be recycled.

    Don't Waste the Waste
    Most of the recyclables in the Shire get trucked down the range to the Advanced Resource Recovery Facility with our household rubbish to go through the composting process then trucked back up the range to Landfill.  

    TAKE THE NEXT STEP!  Do you think it is about time we had recycling bins in Kuranda's shopping areas? 


    Monthly meeting and AGM

    The AGM will be held at the next meeting on November 13th at the Kuranda Neighbourhood Centre from 6pm, bring some food to share.

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  • Chain Reaction Articles from FoE FNQ! 1/ Militarism 2/ The Reef

    Chain Reaction is the journal for Friends of the Earth Australia.

    The August 2016 edition had the following two articles written in the Far North by FoE FNQ president John Glue and Margaret Pestorius.

    Will militarism block the climate change movement?

    by Margie Pestorius

    Militarism and climate change are closely linked and joining anti-militarism to the climate justice discourse is an important move that was visible during the UN COP21 climate conference last December. It is becoming evident that militarism will block the goals of the climate change movement if these links are not addressed.

    Militarism is defined as: "The belief or desire of a government or people that a country should maintain a strong military capability and be prepared to use it aggressively to defend or promote national interests."

    A recent inquiry of climate justice activists and academics in Melbourne threw up the following connections.

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    Sacrificing the Reef with militarism, mining, censorship and tokenism

    by John Glue

    At the start of the election campaign Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt visited Cairns to re-announce $50 million in new projects to boost water quality, including efforts to keep sediment, fertilisers and pesticides off the Great Barrier Reef. This re-announcement was partly to allay concerns over research showing 93% of the Reef had been bleached and dire predictions that the Reef will be terminal in as little as 5 to 20 years.

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  • The Great Artesian Basin, Great Barrier Reef, Gulf of Carpentaria and Inland Australia at risk

    The Queensland Labor Party is backtracking on pledges it made before the last election to repeal water reforms which deregulated the use of groundwater by resource companies, giving big mining operations rights to billions of litres of water without the need for a licence.

  • Gas Pipelines Planned for Cape York and Northern Queensland, Kuranda Paper, Dec 2015

    Gas Pipelines Planned For Cape York and Across Northern Queensland

    Two members of FoE Kuranda and CSG Free Kuranda along with 120 people from around the country attended a Lock the Gate conference in Lismore. Some of the new gas proposals for our region that were discussed was the gas pipeline from New Guinea through Cape York as well as the gas pipeline coming across from the Northern Territory and on down to export facilities at Gladstone. These pipelines would also enable gasfields to be developed all along their route. Currently over half of Queensland and Australia is covered by coal and gas licenses and could be turned into gasfields.

  • Hancock Aerial Spraying Stopped at Bellingen, NSW

    Here is an inspiring example of what community action was able to achieve on related forestry issues in Northern NSW.

    This article also names the chemicals used in forestry operations.


    No Spray, No Way community fights chemical weed spraying in Gladstone state forest

    March 16, 2015 in Media

    It has been described as a laid-back, tree-fringed town with a community that prides itself on making a living out of organic farming and healthy lifestyles.

    So when residents around Bellingen in the state’s north were told that the nearby Gladstone State forest was about to be aerially sprayed by the Forestry Corporation with a cocktail of chemical weed killers they reacted angrily and immediately mounted a campaign to stop it.

    “We set up camps in the forest, on the helipad site and the entrance to the forest to run around-the-clock on-ground vigilance at all times,” said resident and No Spray No Way campaigner Susan Weil.

    “Forestry Corporation was not allowed to conduct any aerial spraying while there were community members in the forest and we took full advantage of this protocol,” Ms Weil told Fairfax Media.

    Trouble started with the announcement from the Forestry Corporation that an area that had become overrun with weeds after it was logged for hardwood was going to be sprayed from a helicopter to kill the weeds before a new plantation of timber was planted. Forestry Corporation said it was planning to mix four chemcials and herbicides: Glyphosate, Metsulfurin Methyl, Fluroxypyr and Simazine and the adjuvants Liaise and Pulse, to do the job.

  • The Kuranda Region's Vanishing Biodiversity

    Friends of the Earth Kuranda has deep concerns about the latest draft plan for this region. 

    Noting the Mareeba Shire Council seems intent in having its new Shire plan finalised in the near future, we urge anyone who shares our concerns to take action NOW.

    There are a few things you can do..

    • Write now to the State Government asking that this unsatisfactory plan is not approved. It's best to write to the deputy premier who is responsible for considering approval [email protected] and cc to Craig Crawford our [email protected]
    • Protest to Mareeba Shire Council
    • Come to the public consultation meeting run by Council in Kuranda on Monday November 2nd
    • Come to the public meeting organised by Friends of the Earth Kuranda on Tuesday 10th November.
    • Talk about the issues with family and friends and encourage more people to get active

    Here's some details about our concerns -and also to show the difference between the old, amalgamated Tablelands Regional Council Draft Plan 2012 and the latest Mareeba Shire Draft Plan 2015:

  • Legal Personality for the Reef Kuranda Paper Feb 2015

    A innovative new way to protect and preserve the environment is to bestow legal personality to significant ecosystems.

    Legal personality means that a person or entity has rights and duties in law. These rights commonly include the right to be free from unlawful interference, and the rights to exist, persist and reproduce. Where the rights of a legal person or entity are breached, they have the right to seek enforcement and a remedy through the legal system.