North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) is a peak organisation in the Statewide environmental movement and the voice for the environment in North Queensland. It represents the area roughly bounded by Bowen in the south, Cardwell in the north, the Coral Sea in the east and the Northern Territory border in the west, advocating on regional issues.
NQCC is an umbrella group, aiming to support small, often single-issue and hands-on, local organisations in statewide forums. It works closely with other peak bodies, especially Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) to the north and the Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) to the south.
NQCC was established in 1974 as a not-for-profit incorporated association with a broad mandate to endeavour to protect the “land, waters and atmosphere of the region” and since then has worked continuously on a number of environmental issues of significance to North Queensland and beyond.
A history of the organisation between 1974 and 1999, compiled by Thelma Martel, is available upon request.
In line with its Rules of Association, NQCC promotes 'the conservation cause' by undertaking targeted media and action campaigns, advocating on behalf of the environment in relation to specific development proposals and legislation, and, importantly, working to raise public awareness.
Through a range of activities, NQCC:
- represents the region within the Statewide conservation movement;
- promotes and protects the values of the natural environment of north Queensland;
- furthers the protection and rehabilitation of the environment through advocacy and education;
- ensures that resource use and development in the region occurs in an ecologically sustainable manner and respects species, habitats and the integrity of ecosystems;
- collaborates with and, where possible, assist organisations and individuals working toward environmental conservation within the region; and
- works with governments to ensure that legislation, regulations and policies are designed and implemented to protect the values of the natural environment of north Queensland.
In line with our strategic directions, we engage in specific issues and participate in a range of activities according to environmental pressures and opportunities.
North Queensland Conservation Council recognises that the natural environment of our region is magnificent but under threat. Like vast numbers of north Queenslanders and visitors, we recognise that our social and economic health can only be sustained beyond the short term if it is underpinned by a healthy, resilient natural environment.
Nothing is surer than the fact that if we destroy our environment, we will lose our community and economy, yet we are teetering on the verge of doing such massive damage to our environment that recovery cannot be assured.
Our campaigns are designed to focus on what we see as the most urgent issues – the global issue of climate change, the horrendous impact of Australia’s mindless rush to extract, burn and export fossil fuels, and the protection of our seas and their priceless biodiversity from damaging human activity.
Information relating to current and recent NQCC campaigns can be found under the Campaigns tab. There you can find Media Releases, Submissions and Speeches, The Reef and Marine Issues, Climate Change, Abbot Point Update, Coal and Coal Seam Gas, Contaminated Dust in Townsville, Uranium Mining in North Queensland, Vegetation Management and Renewable Energy.