A new report by the University of Queensland has found the koala population of the Ipswich region is a significant population for the conservation of this species in Australia.
The report found that the Ipswich region is home to an estimated population of up to 4,368 koalas.
The report was launched with the support of Taz, the koala detection dog who was part of a community koala survey in the area late last year.
Taz is an English springer spaniel, who was specially-trained to detect koala scat that were later analysed by scientists to determine the age, gender, health and genetic diversity of koalas.Read more
Over 7,000 people have endorsed our open letter to the Premier calling on him to protect New South Wales people and places from rampant coal mining.
Now we need to step up our effort to make him act.
We've placed an ad in his local paper, and are asking all of you to give him a call and ask him to act to relieve the suffering of people affected by coal mining in regional New South Wales.Read more
HAVE YOUR SAY! Submit to the Senate Inquiry on Unconventional Gas Mining in Australia. THE CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS 14th March 2016.
The Senate Select Committee is conducting a review of unconventional gas mining in Australia with a focus on ‘The adequacy of Australia‘s legislative, regulatory and policy framework for unconventional gas mining including coal seam gas (CSG) and shale gas mining…’
This is an historic opportunity to get a national spotlight on the impacts of unconventional gas mining on human health, food production and the environment.Read more
Groundwater impacts of coal mining in the Galilee Basin
The Draining the Lifeblood report [PDF 4MB], and updated estimates of cumulative water impacts, raise alarm bells about the potentially devastating impacts on groundwater resources from 9 proposed new 'mega' coal mines in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland. This report is the first to attempt an assessment of the likely cumulative impacts of all 9 mine proposals.
The report was released in September 2013 and new estimates of groundwater impacts have since been provided to the regulator.Read more
The coal seam gas (CSG) export industry in Australia is causing gas prices to rise. The construction of three CSG export plants in Queensland will allow CSG miners to export their gas and obtain much higher prices paid by the world market.
This means domestic prices will rise to match the world price. The increase in your gas bill in 2015 as a result of CSG exports will be up up to $162 per year for a household and $625 per year for a small business. Further increases are likely beyond 2016.Read more