- all existing major projects operating within reef catchments
- all major projects in the planning application and development phase that are within reef catchments
- all projects that have state Significant Project declaration
- the cumulative impacts of all developments
- the impacts of potential development must be overlayed on existing Reef health and the likely impacts of climate change to determine what is sustainable.
- provide support to regional communities to ensure active participation in the planning and approval process of major projects (IAP2).
- and finally, the assessment must include the full length of the Reef coastline
Gladstone Harbour and surrounding waterways of the Fitzroy River delta are set to undergo massive development to accommodate the Surat Basin and lower Bowen Basin's new coal and CSG LNG (Coal Seam Gas and Liquified Natural Gas) export port facilities.
Position The Australian and Queensland Government's Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Great Barrier Reef will need to address:
Protesters halted dredging in Gladstone harbour today, when Friends of the Earth campaigner Derec Davies locked on to a Gladstone port corporation dredge.
Mr Davies was part of a protest organised by Friends of the Earth with the support of local people.
He unfurlled a banner on the dredge, which read "Save the reef, halt dredging" and chained himself to the dredge at approximately 9:30am this morning, after being ferried in by a fast-travelling Zodiac inflatable speed-boat.
Queensland’s internationally famed coast line is under siege with the QR National Wiggins Island rail project opening the floodgates to 34 new coal mine projects proposed across the state.
Friends of the Earth spokesperson Dr Bradley Smith warns that it's important to recognise the costs of these projects on the community and environment.
“This rail project will worsen the one track, two speed economy that is hurting Queensland communities and our iconic environment” said Dr. Smith.
“What benefit will this project bring to the people of Mount Larcom who will have a coal train going trough their town every 15 minutes, 24 hours per day?” Asked Dr. Smith.
The Wiggins Island rail project and associated port development are under scrutiny by the World Heritage Committee, who are planning a visit to Gladstone to assess the impact of the coal and gas port expansion.
Research from climate change experts released this week shows that coal mines and subsequent carbon emissions will accelerate the loss of the Great Barrier Reef resulting in jobs losses and massive impacts on the Queensland economy.
“The Great Barrier Reef is beautiful and its tourist dollars are the life blood of Queensland’s coastal cities and towns with total tourist expenditure in 2009-10 amounted to $5.9 billion” said Dr Bradley Smith from Friends of the Earth.
“Allowing development of the Wandoan Coal Project and its 1.3 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide will prove disastrous for the reef, and this means job losses from Bundaberg to Cairns”, Said Dr Smith.
Evidence from Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a climate change expert at the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland, was this week presented to the Land Court in the Wandoan Coal Mine case.
A landmark case in Australia’s environmental history will begin in Brisbane on Monday when environment group Friends of the Earth take on global mining giant Xstrata in a bid to have a proposed mega coal mine in Queensland rejected. The court case will be the first ever in Australia to argue exclusively for outright refusal of a coal mine based on climate change impacts.
DAVID vs GOLIATH CASE STARTS IN QUEENSLAND
Environmental group Friends of the Earth takes on one of world’s largest mining companies in climate change first
“If not rejected, Xstrata will be given the green light to build the biggest mine in the southern hemisphere,” Friends of the Earth spokesperson Dr Bradley Smith said.
Peace and green campaigners will be increasing their activity in the Rockhampton region this week in opposition to Joint US – AUS military exercises, Exercise Talisman Sabre, which officially begins today. The Peace Convergence is an alliance of peace, environmental, indigenous and religious groups and individuals.
Reported to be the US’s largest military exercise, Talisman Sabre involves land, sea and air forces practicing bombing, landing and raiding primarily in Central Queensland - just north of Rockhampton - at Shoalwater Bay and in the nearby Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - as well as in the Coral, Arafura and Timor Seas and in the NT.
After months of being homeless, Friends of the Earth have started cleaning and renovating our new office at 20 Burke St, Woolloongabba. We will be cohabiting with our friends Reverse Garbage!
We want to extend our thanks to The Wilderness Society and the Queensland Conservation Council for the use of thier offices in recent months.
We also want to thank Friends of the Earth Australia for grant money that will help us make our new space great. Thanks also to all our volunteers that have helped so far.
YOU can help us! We need a few things to make our office liveable and enable us to provide services to the community again. We will be building a new kitchen, opening up the space and painting, painting, painting. We need a few things to make it a nice place for volunteers and other community groups that have traditionally used our space.
If you would like to help we need material donations of:
Stay tuned for our volunteer working bee weekends!
If you can help us in any way please contact Kim on 0413397839
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“There is no doubt that the Great Barrier Reef is the canary in the coal mine and is at grave risk from climate change. The death of the reef will be a massive economic blow to Queensland,” said Friends of the Earth spokesperson Shani Tager.
“The Xstrata equation is simple: more coal mining means more carbon emissions that will increase climate risks to the Great Barrier Reef. The alternative is also simple: reject Xstrata’s proposed Wandoan mega coal mine and help keep our reef alive.”
One of Australia's leading environmental organisations has called for the federal government to go further than arguing merely for a carbon price. Friends of the Earth is calling for a range of measures that would significantly increase the development of renewable energy.
Drew Hutton, spokesperson for Friends of the Earth in Queensland and acting president of the national Lock the Gate Alliance, said that, on its own, all a low carbon price will deliver is a greater reliance on gas, and that this would be both an environmental disaster and an opportunity lost.
"The argument that gas is somehow 'clean and green' is a myth propagated by the coal seam gas industry and unfortunately accepted by some environmental NGOs," Mr Hutton said.