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Toolbox for Sustainable Development
What is sustainable development?
Perhaps the most complete definition is development that meets the needs of the current generation without degrading the ecological inheritance of future generations.
Is this what we are seeing in our region?
Over the last few decades, there has been an onslaught on the recovering rainforest and bush in Kuranda and the wider region. Cassowaries and other endangered wildlife have been killed by loss of habitat, traffic, feral animals and domestic cats and dogs. Just recently, large numbers of paperbarks have been cut down in the centre of Mareeba to evict flying foxes.
As habitats shrink, the clashes between humans and wildlife will increase unless a more collaborative and sustainable planning approach is taken. With this vision in mind, the Kuranda Region Planning Group (KRPG) has been set up. See www.kurandaregion.org for further information. This is a network of local residents, environmental groups and wildlife experts that aim to work with government at all levels. FoE FNQ is a member of this network.
ACTION: Support KRPG's Wet Tropics World Heritage Vital Corridor Buy Back Scheme email [email protected] for further information.
Opposing environmentally destructive development
We have various options:
Engaging with the official governmental planning system at local, State or Federal level
We can put in submissions to Mareeba Shire Council about potentially environmentally destructive developments that conflict with the Mareeba Shire Planning Scheme 2016 For a list of current development applications, see https://msc.qld.gov.au/building-planning/development-applications/
If the development is still approved, we can then appeal in the Planning and Environment Court against the approval – but only if we were submitters. The Environmental Defenders' Office (EDO) offers legal advice, fact sheets and community handbooks prepared by legal experts. However court cases can be lengthy and expensive. Mediation is another option to achieve a better outcome.
Very large developments are assessed by all three layers of government – and this is the case for the mega resort KUR-World.
ACTION: Write a submission to the Coordinator General about KUR-World. Email [email protected] to find out more.
Nonviolent direct action
In the 50th year after Martin Luther King was killed, this remains one of the most powerful tools we have. The Daintree Blockade in the 1980s was a local example of people risking their lives to protect the rainforest. Though it failed to stop the Bloomfield track being bulldozed through, it helped to save the Daintree and kick started the listing of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This inspiring local history has been chronicled in the new book The Daintree Blockade: the battle for Australia's Tropical Rainforests by Bill Wilkie.
It is well worth the read with the added bonus of name spotting local eco-heroes who still live in the area. As Bob Brown said ' The sheer energy and commitment of those campaigners on the ground- that was the core to saving the Daintree itself' As we battle mega resorts and huge subdivisions and find out how weak and woolly the planning law is in Queensland, this may be what it takes to save the Kuranda region.
Protesters buried in the path of bulldozers in efforts to stop the Daintree road.
Photo by Cliff Frith.
Bryan Law and others up to his chest in mud blocking the Daintree Road.
May 09, 2018
Come and join us at our stall on Sunday 23rd October from 10am
We 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
Sign a petition to STOP KURworld
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
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.
RESIDENTIAL 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 KURworldDisplay this bumper sticker to show your support for the STOP KURworld campaign. Collect one at the Kuranda Festival or contact us.
The 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
Paralysis 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...
CASSOWARY KEYSTONE CONSERVATION
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
Make a difference at home
At the Kuranda Festival stall FoE FNQ will have examples of goods that can replace plastic.
-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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October 19, 2016
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.
November 30, 2015
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:
October 28, 2015
December 06, 2014
September 30, 2014