A selection of candidates for the State electorates around Townsville will present their views and answer questions about the environment at ‘The Environment and the Election’ forum to be held at the Townsville Yacht Club, 1 Plume Street, South Townsville at 6pm on Thursday 15 March.

The forum, organised by North Queensland Conservation Council, will give members of the public the chance to compare the environmental policies of the parties, as briefly presented by the candidates, and to ask questions during the Q&A session – which will take up most of the forum.

In announcing the forum, NQCC Coordinator Wendy Tubman said “We are aware that there is a lot of community interest and concern about the local and broader environment and how State government policy will affect it.

Whether it’s solar power and renewable energy, protection of the reef, coastal development, the future of coal seam gas in the area or something else again, the forum will provide the opportunity to ask specific questions about specific environmental issues that are influenced by the State government.”

The forum is free of charge and open to all.

Following from the success of last year’s Coal Seam Gas rally, NQCC will be launching its BIG SOLAR Campaign in Townsville on Sunday 18 March. In support of the national BIG SOLAR Campaign by 100% Renewable Energy, NQCC is calling for the government to commit, this year, to at least 2000MW of Big Solar projects (either solar thermal or solar PV power stations) to be built by 2015.   
To show your support for this campaign, join the gathering on the banks of Ross Creek near Victoria Bridge and help form the words ‘BIG SOLAR’, using massed people to make the shape of the letters. Stay on for live music and free food.  There will also be speakers, posters, banners and information on the BIG SOLAR Campaign.   
Come along!  Together we can make a difference!  Let's show our support for BIG SOLAR and make our MPs pay attention!
Where: On the banks of Ross Creek near the Victoria Bridge - between the river, Victoria Bridge and Dean Street - South Townsville
When: 9.30am, Sunday 18 March
For more information, check out NQCC's facebook page or contact 
Janet (4724 2072), Mary (4725 7245) or Gerald (0401 429 021).