One of the world’s largest uranium producers is leaving the Far North region
A French uranium company is pulling out of exploration around Karumba and Carpentaria basins following the new State Government’s ban on uranium mining throughout Queensland and a general downturn in the uranium market.
FoE asked Jax from Kuranda Conservation Community Nursery for her opinion on the over 2,000 hectares of native vegetation that have cleared for plantation pine trees around Kuranda under a 99 year licence.Read more
State sells off Forestry Plantations Queensland for $603 million to Hancock Queensland Plantations
The Courier Mail, May 18 2010
The Queensland government has announced the sale of Forestry Plantations Queensland - the first transaction in its controversial asset sales.
Treasurer Andrew Fraser said the 99-year licence for the timber plantation business would be sold for $603 million to Hancock Queensland Plantations.
The sale price is well in excess of the $500 million that had been anticipated.
Mr Fraser said he signed the contract on Tuesday morning.
"By reaching agreement on a price of $603 million, this exceeds original expectations and is great news for Queensland taxpayers,'' Mr Fraser told state parliament on Tuesday.
"This is the first of the five commercial businesses to be sold, licensed or leased to the private sector, as the government reforms the state balance sheet and builds a stronger Queensland economy.''
He said award staff would have their jobs guaranteed for three years.
Mr Fraser said Hancock Queensland Plantations, a company managed by Hancock Timber Resource Group on behalf of institutional investors, had won the right to grow and harvest the trees.
Crown plantation land on which the majority of the business sits will remain in government ownership.
The sale includes about 35,000 hectares of freehold land, which is about 10 per cent of the total estate.
FoE Kuranda asked Andrew Picone of the Australian Conservation Foundation to give his thoughts on the recent Queensland election and an overview of the outcome.
Narrowly avoiding a hung parliament, Queensland has a new government. The LNP were removed from office through a revolt at the ballot box. Civil society including unions, NGOs, church groups and charities took a stand and called an unpopular government to account over unnecessary and ill-informed policies.
The importance that environmental issues had on the election results was significant. The Great Barrier Reef, front and centre of Australia’s iconic image to the world is perilously close to being listed as endangered by the World Heritage governing body, UNESCO. Dredging, coal, coal seam gas, climate change, bleaching, run-off and pollution all need urgent attention yet little was being done to stop these threats by the LNP.Read more
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.Read more
Envirocare, CSG free NQ and FoE are hosting the first Fractured Country and Knitting Nanas film screening for Kuranda at the Kuranda Amphitheatre Wed 3rd Dec 7-9 pm.