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Authorities slam ‘disgusting’ illegal dumping as rubbish piles up in Townsville

More than 140 tonnes of illegally dumped waste have been removed from an environmental reserve in north Queensland in recent years, the Department of Environment and Science says. Key points: The Townsville City Council receives 50 reports of illegal dumping every month Rangers and volunteers have retrieved 140 tonnes of waste from one reserve Individuals found […]

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Rio Tinto fined $57,000 after pipeline spill at Yarwun refinery near Gladstone

Mining giant Rio Tinto has been fined $57,000 after a chemical spill near a central Queensland alumina refinery.   Key points: Rio Tinto has been fined $57,000 for two charges of contravening its environmental authority The company pleaded guilty to the charges, which stemmed from sodium hydroxide spills in October 2020 No convictions were recorded against the […]

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Residents of coastal town scared to leave house due to kangaroo attacks

Residents in the small coastal town of Maaroom, on Queensland’s Fraser Coast, can no longer enjoy their afternoon walks.    Key points: Several kangaroos have been removed from Maaroom following a spate of recent attacks Residents fear they can no longer leave the house without a big stick  The Department of Environment and Science says there are no […]

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Channel Country advisory group outcomes about gas exploration and fracking remain secret

Almost 12 months after the Queensland government quietly granted oil and gas leases in the environmentally sensitive Channel Country they promised to protect, there are calls for the outcome of stakeholder meetings to be made public.  Key points: A beef company and a traditional owner say Queensland’s organic beef industry is at risk if further gas exploration is […]

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Proserpine River crocodiles to be tagged for satellite tracking in Whitsunday region

Large saltwater crocodiles in the Whitsunday region will soon be monitored in an effort to determine their movements in relation to nearby popular tourism areas. Key points: Satellite tracking devices will be attached to Proserpine River crocodiles later this year A scientist says the river has the highest density of crocodiles in Queensland  DES plans to target large saltwater […]

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