Our Kuranda property was recently sprayed with the herbicide Roundup by Council workers without our authorisation. Our property adjoins Jumrum Creek which ultimately flows to the Great Barrier Reef via the Barron River. Due to the ecological sensitivity of our property and region, we initiated a formal complaint through the Queensland Ombudsman. Mareeba Shire Council’s actions and subsequent dismissive response reveals a common belief that Roundup is innocuous. While this complacency has been fostered through decades of aggressive marketing by agrochemical company Monsanto, there is mounting research suggesting Roundup is toxic not only to the environment, but to human health.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified Roundup’s declared principle ingredient ‘glyphosate’ as "probably carcinogenic to humans". The European Chemicals Agency has classified it “a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects". After bitter division in 2017 the European Union approved a limited 5-year licence for glyphosate, with France declaring a ban within 3 years. Currently, more than 700 US farmers, landscapers & gardeners are involved in a lawsuit against Monsanto claiming that exposure to glyphosate caused their cancers.Read more
WILDLIFE RESCUE: Paralysis Tick Season for Flying Foxes
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.
Flying Fox Baby Season Alert
From September to January during the birthing seaon sometimes Flying Fox babies can be found on the ground or hanging low in or near their colonies for differnt reasons!
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 -firstname.lastname@example.org and cc to Craig Crawford our MPemail@example.com
- 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:Read more
A new report has found bird numbers in decline and Australia’s iconic birdlife is disappearing along with their habitat. Birdlife scientist James O’Connor, “If you take away their homes and food sources, you don’t have birds’. Mr O’Connor said people thought that birds would fly elsewhere when vegetation was cleared when in fact many were sedentary with specialised feeding and breeding requirements.