January 1st, 2010
This is the site for Bimblebox Nature Refuge, a near 8,000 hectare property conserving 6 regional ecosystems in the East of Central Queensland’s Desert Uplands. For more information about the refuge, its ecology, its wildlife and its history, click the relevant tabs above. Below, on this page, we post regular updates on the campaign to prevent Bimblebox Nature Refuge from being destroyed by a rapidly encroaching massive thermal coal project, as well as updates on “life at the refuge” as we work to maintain the property’s conservation values, year in and year out through summer heat, drought, extreme fire risk, flooding rains, isolation… etc!
November 11th, 2013
Kathleen Noonan wrote a great article in the Courier Mail summing up the concerns about Bimblebox and Waratah Coal’s China First mine (see below). She’s right. The paperwork is sitting with the Federal Environment Minister right now and he is due to make a decision by 20th December (2013) – just in time for Christmas. Please help us pressure Greg Hunt to reject the China First mine!
What can you do?
Contact Greg Hunt
Phone: (02) 6277 2276 or (03) 5979 3188
August 11th, 2013
On Friday 9th August, Queensland’s Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney released this press release announcing that the Coordinator General has approved the proposed mine that will destroy Bimblebox Nature Refuge (known as the Galilee Coal Project or the China First Project). This is certainly not the end of the line… Read the rest of this entry »
May 15th, 2013
Billionaire and wannabe Prime Minister Clive Palmer appeared on Australian national television as part of a Q&A panel on Monday May 13.
An audience member directed a question to Palmer concerning the fate of Bimblebox Nature Refuge (which he wants to dig up for coal), and about the future of the Australian environment if we ignore the need to properly protect conservation areas. Clive Palmer dodged the question and tried to divert attention from the issue by assuring the audience his coal carriages would be covered to stop dust flying out. He also said a whole lot of untrue things. Read the rest of this entry »
May 7th, 2013
Submissions on the China First Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement closed at 5pm on the 6th May.
But we can keep the pressure up on our elected representatives to make sure they know that the Australian public does not want to sacrifice protected areas for more coal mines!
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
December 24th, 2012
Here at Bimblebox we are getting on with the busy day to day tasks involved with caring for the nature refuge. It is a world away from the air-conditioned offices in Brisbane where we suppose Waratah Coal is preparing its Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS). Read the rest of this entry »
October 12th, 2012
Australian Painted Snipe
Last week Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke gave his approval for a new coal terminal at Abbot Point.
It is the final green light required for the GVK-Hancock Alpha coal project to go ahead.
The expansion of coal export facilities at Abbot Point will seriously impact the internationally significant Calley Valley wetlands, habitat for numerous shorebirds including the threatened Australian Painted Snipe. The port development will also affect sea life dependent on seagrass in the area, such as dugongs and turtles. Read the rest of this entry »
September 7th, 2012
Here at Bimblebox Nature Refuge we are honoured to host a group of diverse, dedicated, professional artists for 10 days, as part of the inaugural camp for the Bimblebox Art Project. Read the rest of this entry »
August 5th, 2012
A Koala, Plum-Headed Finches and an Echidna on Bimblebox Nature Refuge
After several years of high rainfall there are some spectacular displays of life on Bimblebox. To share this, we are in the process of re-vamping our photos page. Read the rest of this entry »
May 5th, 2012
Clive Palmer has again come out in the media trying to diminish the conservation values of Bimblebox Nature Refuge (you can listen to his interview on the Steve Austin show here). He has a clear vested interest in casting these aspersions given that he intends to destroy the property through open cut and underground mining as part of his proposed China First thermal coal mine. You can hear a response to Clive Palmer’s comments on the Steve Austin show here.
The problem for Clive is that he appears to have little idea about the nature refuge, which he has never set foot on. Below are a few simple facts to set the record straight: Read the rest of this entry »
March 26th, 2012
The premiere screening of Bimblebox a huge success
Following the premiere of Bimblebox at the Byron Bay Film Festival on March 11th there were sell-out screenings also held in Toowoomba and Brisbane. Before a crowd of several hundred people spilling out of Tribal Theatre in Brisbane on March 13th, Bimblebox co-owner Paola Cassoni delivered a heartfelt speech about the predicament facing Bimblebox, and the significance of this case for all of us.
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