Protecting World Heritage in Our Backyard

Protecting World Heritage in Our Backyard

The applicant for a new water mining business in Repeater Station Rd has had to reapply as water mining was deemed not to be applicable to the rural zone.

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Koalas in Our City

Koalas in Our City

Regrettably there has been little improvement in the plight of the koala on the Gold Coast and throughout South East Queensland as the population continues to grow and the development juggernaut rolls over their habitat.

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Tourism or National Parks

Tourism or National Parks

In recent months the Department of Tourism has called for expressions of interest for development of eco- tourism ventures in National Parks. Queensland has only 7% of its area as national park, compared to 50% in Tasmania, however the Government has decided that in order to attract more tourists, developments should be allowed in national parks. Gecko has no objection to day visitors to national parks and would like to see better facilities and interpretation in our parks, but we cannot condone development in any national park.

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Gecko Talks – A Magical Look at Our Reefs-26th June

Gecko Talks – A Magical Look at Our Reefs-26th June

Few people know the outstanding marine world of the Gold Coast’s near-reefs as well as acclaimed underwater photographer, Ian Banks. Now you can see some of his stunning photos—and learn more about our fascinating marine life—in an upcoming free presentation. 6.45pm on 26th June at Currumbin RSL.

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Gecko Talks 22nd May – How Climate Change will affect Living in the Gold Coast and Beyond

Gecko Talks 22nd May – How Climate Change will affect Living in the Gold Coast and Beyond

The debate on climate change is rightly focused on the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gases. But whatever our success or failure in mitigating emissions, we must now also ask how the harmful impacts of a rapidly-changing climate affect living on the Gold Coast—and beyond.

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Campaigns-Cruise Ship Terminal Update May 2019

Campaigns-Cruise Ship Terminal Update May 2019

Generally Gecko members are pleased with The Spit Master Plan which provides for all of the public open space to be retained and enhance with either native planting and, where appropriate basic public facilities.

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School Sustainability Awards

School Sustainability Awards

School Sustainability Awards is an initiative of Sustainable Schools Network and Gecko Environment Council. The Awards recognise and celebrate school sustainability journeys while encouraging creative,…

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Draft Spit Masterplan Released for Public Comment

Draft Spit Masterplan Released for Public Comment

On Sunday 10th March the Premier, Anastasia Palaszczuk, and the Minister for Planning, Hon. Cameron Dick launched the draft Spit Master Plan at Muriel Henchman Park on The Spit. After 40 years of campaigning to protect The Spit public open space from unsuitable development we finally have a Plan. This Plan is now available for public comment via the government website www.qld.gov.au/thespit

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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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Annual Report 2018-Gecko Campaigns

Annual Report 2018-Gecko Campaigns

The Gecko Environment Council Campaign Team continues to meet fortnightly and as in past years has achieved much in 2017-2018. Unlike many other environment groups formed to advocate for one particular issue, Gecko, as the peak regional environment group, does its best to respond to a wide range of issues relating to conservation of species, sustainability or transparency and accountability in government

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