ILS Major Development Plan Gecko

ILS Major Development Plan Gecko

Gecko has reviewed the proposal and as an environmental organisation we have focussed on how the construction could impact on sensitive ecosystems in this cross-border region as well as issues raised by residents. Read our submission here…..

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A LawJam – Planning Reform and the Community

A LawJam – Planning Reform and the Community

awJam – Planning Reform and the Community | Gecko | Environment Council
Slug preview:https://gecko.org.au/current-campaigns/pastcampaigns/past-camp-archive/2015/07/lawjam-planning-reform/
6pm Thursday 16th July Robina Community Centre, Auditorium. Robina Town Centre Drive. Robina (opposite the shopping centre)

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Springbrook Cableway Regurgitated

Springbrook Cableway Regurgitated

It was with great concern that Gecko received the news this week that the regurgitated cable way proposal from Neranwood to World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park has been resurrected by the proponent of the old ‘Naturelink’, Ray Stevens, MP for Mermaid.

Mr Stevens and the Premier do not appear to think that there is any conflict of interest between Stevens’ role as a member of the Government which will assess the project, his personal investment and role as advisor to the project, and his role representing the views of his electorate.

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Cableway No Way

Cableway No Way

What is the current issue? A case of déjà vu! The community is gearing up again to fight for the integrity of World Heritage listed…

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Community Cabinet Brief-GC Quarry (Boral)

Community Cabinet Brief-GC Quarry (Boral)

In 2005 Boral purchased 219ha of land in Tallebudgera Valley, which became KRA 96 in 2007 when the State Government identified areas of hard rock sand and gravel resources in South East Queensland. Between 2005 and 2010 Boral undertook a process of producing an Initial Advice Statement (IAS) seeking to have the current proposal assessed under the State Development Public Works Organization Act (SDPWO). There was no opportunity for public input into this process despite the major impact such a proposal will have on the community, particularly local residents. Boral was successful in their bid and in late 2010 informed the public of their intention to develop the resources of KRA 96 if permitted by the Coordinator General and the Federal Government under the designated controlled action of the Environment Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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This is what we have been talking about

This is what we have been talking about

Come and join us on Gecko’s Campaign Team to get involved with us in protecting your environment.

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Renewables cheaper than coal & gas in Australia

Renewables cheaper than coal & gas in Australia

“This may come as a surprise to most people, that renewable energy is cheaper than electricity from new-build coal or gas-fired power stations in Australia. Go to the link to read an analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance research film.”

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The CSG Invasion vs Australian Communities

The CSG Invasion vs Australian Communities

The invasion of the coal seam gas (CSG) mining industry is now coming closer to the Gold Coast, with exploration in Canungra, in Beechmont, in the Tweed and Byron Shire. Over 80% of the state of Queensland is under permit for mining or exploration for mining. This month’s guest speaker at Gecko House was Michael McNamara from the Lock the Tweed group. He is also on the Board of Lock the Gate Alliance, a national advocacy group opposing coal seam gas mining, particularly on agricultural land. Michael spoke about the coal seam gas industry and the Lock the Gate campaign, including a nine week blockade at Glenugie in the Clarence Valley, New South Wales and a blockade near Kyogle next to the Eden Creek State Forest.

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Are coal seam gas wells a bush fire risk?

Are coal seam gas wells a bush fire risk?

Further to concerns raised about burning flares at CSG wells, suggestions these may cause bush fires and questions about why CSG companies, in NSW at least, are exempt from total fire bans, I did some research and came across reference to Santos Gas being able to invoke a Total Fire Ban Exemption Under regulation Schedule 15 of the Rural Fires Act 1997, as published in the Government Gazette. There is a particular regulation called ‘SCHEDULE 15 – Exhaust Stacks for Gas Exploration, Collection, Drainage, Refining Facilities, Oil Refineries and Steel Works’ which allows Santos to continue to operate no matter the fire weather conditions.

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Mining boom has cost Australian farmers $B43.5 in export income

Mining boom has cost Australian farmers $B43.5 in export income

Yesterday The Australia Institute released our most recent research paper on the economic impacts of the mining boom “Beating Around the Bush: The impact of the mining boom on rural exports” . The full report is available here

Some of the headline figures are that last financial year the rise in the Australian dollar as a result of the mining boom has cost Australian farmers $43.5 billion in export income, including $14.9 billion in 2010-11 alone. 

This represents a decrease of 41 per cent in export income because of the high exchange rate attributable to the mining boom. This cost the beef industry $2b last year alone, and the sugar industry over $500m.

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