The acclaimed Disneynature film ‘OCEANS’ will be screened for one night only at Base Backpackers in Nelly at 7pm on Thursday 16 February.
All are warmly welcome to attend this family-friendly FREE screening.
The event is part of North Queensland Conservation Council’s Protect our Coral Sea campaign and is supported by MINCA.
The Protect our Coral Sea campaign aims to persuade the Australian government establish a large, world-class, highly protected marine park in the Coral Sea in order to protect the area’s fabulously rich environmental and historical values.
For more information and to make an online submission to the Federal Minister go to protectourcoralsea.org
OCEANS is an ecological drama/documentary exploring and celebrating the depths and wonders of our planet’s oceans. OCEANS was reviewed in Urban Cinefile as “Enthralling, enlightening, meditative and often humorous ... a wonderful documentary about the oceans and those who live within it”.
Don’t miss OCEANS. 7pm Thursday 16 February at BASE backpackers. FREE!
The organisers thank BASE Backpackers for their support.
The first day of February 2012 was a big day for the coast of Queensland, especially that part of it around Magnetic Island.
Two major issues featured in cyberspace – the first, the promulgation of the new Queensland Coastal Management Plan and the second the call for comments on elements of the proposed Townsville Port expansion. Full documentation of the current call for comment can be found here.
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Figure 1.2 - Environmental Protection Areas
The Coastal Management Plan
The Coastal Management Plan recognizes that coastal landforms and habitat can be protected by retaining the land in a relatively natural state and free from permanent or non-expendable buildings or infrastructure. Active management of coastal land is required to avoid loss or damage of vegetation and habitat; ensure surface flow modifications do not occur or, where necessary, do not cause erosion or create land instability; address adverse impacts caused by pest plants and animal; avoid intensive recreational activities impacting on ecological values or natural coastal landforms; control beach access, particularly by vehicles, to avoid erosion, protect ecological values, and ensure beach goers can enjoy the environment in safety.
The management policy applies to coastal land and its resources within the coastal zone. Coastal land includes land under tidal waters, erosion prone areas, and at risk from storm tide inundation or permanent inundation due to sea level rise (collectively called coastal hazard areas), coastal roads and esplanades, reserves and unallocated State land, and other parcels of land adjacent to the foreshore. Coastal resources are the natural and physical features, processes, places or objects of the coastal zone that have ecological, economic or social value. This includes areas of high ecological significance (HES). Most of Magnetic Island is shown in the Plan as HES.
The management policy applies to management planning, activities, decisions and works that are not assessable development under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and therefore not subject to the State Planning Policy for Coastal Protection (SPP).
The proposed expansion of the Port of Townsville
The main components of the proposed development include:
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Figure 3.1 - Port expansion project layout
At this stage, comments are limited to those relating to the scope and presentation of studies and information required in the (EIS) Environment Impact Statement to allow for an assessment and decision on the appropriateness of the proposal, rather than the merits of the proposed action. MINCA will be making a submission on the proposed port expansion and invites others to collaborate in this submission. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 2 March.