Protecting World Heritage in our Backyard

Protecting World Heritage in our Backyard

Springbrook National Park is a short drive inland from Surfers Paradise and is a national park that is so exceptional that it has the status of being a World Heritage listed area, but it too suffers from all the same threats and needs our ongoing support and protection from inappropriate development.

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Local Government Reform Needed

Local Government Reform Needed

Currently there are 5 Councils in Queensland being investigated by the Crime and Corruption Commission for alleged corruption by councillors and/or officers. This, plus the Community and SEQ Alliances’ own experiences with local councils has led to advocacy with the Minister for Local Government for some reforms over and above the Belcarra Reforms. There is a strong link or nexus between alleged council corruption and planning assessment approvals, which has been raised with both the Minister for Local Government, Hon Stirling Hinchliffe, and the Minister for Planning, Hon. Cameron Dick.

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National Parks – a jewel to protect or ripe for exploitation?

National Parks – a jewel to protect or ripe for exploitation?

Since the very first Queensland National Park was established in 1908 at Witches Falls on Mount Tamborine, the debate about the purpose of national parks has continued. Are national parks primarily for the conservation of nature or are they for the enjoyment of nature by the human population? Or if it is to be both, what weight should the community give to conservation versus enjoyment?

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Koalas in Our City – Going…going..

Koalas in Our City – Going…going..

Your help is urgently needed to help in the campaign to save the Gold Coast’s koalas. It is only public pressure on both State and Local Government that will force action. Gecko and the other groups working to save the koala need you to write to the Premier, the Minister for Environment and the Minister for Planning and demand action. Similarly we need you to write/email or ring the Mayor and all Councillors. The question for you to ask to the State Government politicians is “when will they urgently put in place and fund the recommendations of the Koala Expert Panel Report, which was released in late 2017 “and have done little since then except release some new mapping of habitat areas and appoint some people to the Advisory panel.

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Off Shore Cruise Terminal (OSCT)

Off Shore Cruise Terminal (OSCT)

Council has continued to spend ratepayer funds on investigations into this proposal, despite strong community opposition to this proposal as well as all previous cruise ship proposals since 2003. The resultant reports are heavily redacted especially information regarding financial and physical risks, information the community is entitled to know about! The proposal was sent to the Co-ordinator General who declined to consider it until the Spit Master Plan process is complete in late 2019.

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Clean up Australia Day 2019

Clean up Australia Day 2019

Gecko is again hosting Clean Up Australia Day on the Gold Coast, together with the City of Gold Coast. Registrations are open on Clean Up Australia web site. Or join one of our successful teams.

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Gecko Recycling Initiatives

Gecko Recycling Initiatives

Gecko Recycle Scheme for hard to recycle items is coming to fruition. These items are Household Batteries, CDs & DVDs, Printer Cartridges, and Mobile Phones, which currently end up in the council tip. This program is designed to place a Hard to Recycle container in every shopping centre so such items can be safely disposed of and a volunteer will empty the container on a regular basis.

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Black Swan Lake

Black Swan Lake

The campaign to stop the infill of the Lake has continued unabated over past months, but nothing has swayed either the Council or the Gold Coast Turf Club. The Lake is now partially filled and the GC Turf Club apparently intends to fill it all, except for whatever small amount is needed for flood mitigation.

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Campaigns – Climate Change Action

Campaigns – Climate Change Action

Will 2019 be the year Australia takes on its responsibilities in effective action on climate change?
Our Federal Government continues to fail to put into practice any meaningful policy on tackling climate change, apparently held hostage to the small group of right wing climate change deniers within the LNP

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Light Rail and City Planning

Light Rail and City Planning

Light Rail Stage 3b is intended to travel through Palm Beach and on to the Gold Coast Airport, though the route is not yet decided. There is no doubt that the light rail is a popular form of public transport and is preferred to increasing congestion of the roads.

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