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More information on the Pilliga: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilliga_forest, https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/coal-seam-gas/santos/stop-coal-seam-gas-threats-to-the-pilliga-forest, https://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/pilliga-forest, http://northernriversguardians.org/?page_id=5192
Maureen Cooper's QuiltMaureen Cooper created this quilt with three techniques: applique, embroidery and machine stitching. It shows some wonderful native species amid a background depicting their habitats in the various regional ecosystems found on Bimblebox Nature Refuge. Bimblebox caretaker Ian Hoch’s love of the environment and his constant war on weeds, erosion and feral animals are central to its wellbeing and also form a centrepiece of the quilt. Maureen Cooper used natural materials for almost 100% of the quilt; the exceptions were media used for water weed in the Black-necked Stork panel, for spider web in the brown quail panel, and for the silver fish in the Great Egret panel. Desma Versteegen of Gallery Quilting, Benalla, performed the quilting work. The completed hanging measures 130cm x 136cm. The quilt was made with love as a fund-raising item for The Bimblebox Alliance Inc. (TBA), a not-for-profit organization working for the protection of nature refuges and other protected areas from inappropriate development. It is being displayed at annual shows at Barcaldine, Clermont, Emerald, Rockhampton, Mackay, and at the Ekka, Brisbane Royal Queensland Show. Raffle tickets are available at each venue and below and the winner will be drawn in late August in Brisbane. Other species not noted on the panels (left to right from top):
- Plumed Whistling Duck Panel – Cumbungie, sedges, Snowflake Waterlily and Floating Pondweed.
- Frill-necked Lizard Panel – Comet Grass, Fire Grass
- Brolga Panel – Common Rush
- Hanging Eucalyptus panels depict Ghost Gum flowers and gumnuts.
- Bimblebox Nature Refuge Panel – bird footprints
- Brown Quail Panel – Desmodium sp., Barbed Wire Grass
- Panel next to Native Cucumber – Twining Glycine
- Echidna Panel – Termite mound with termites.
- Great Egret Panel – Knotweed, Common Fringe Rush, Rice Sedge
- provides that Australian landholders have the right to refuse the undertaking of gas and coal mining activities by corporations on their land without prior written authorisation;
- sets out the requirements of a prior written authorisation;
- provides for relief which a court may grant a land owner when prior written authorisation is not provided;
- prohibits hydraulic fracturing for coal seam gas, shale gas and tight gas by corporations;
- and provides for civil penalties.
WelcomeThis is the site for Bimblebox Nature Refuge, an 8,000 hectare property in the Desert Uplands Bioregion of Central West Queensland. For more information about the refuge, its ecology, its wildlife and its history, click the relevant tabs above. On this page, we post regular updates on the campaign to prevent Bimblebox Nature Refuge from being destroyed by a proposed 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!
To join our mailing list (we send less than one email per month) click here. Find out how you can help protect Bimblebox from coal mining.NEW: This 5 minute show depicts the history and the possible dire future of Bimblebox Nature Refuge. Our thanks to Tangible Media, Bob Brown, Sonya Duus, Mark Doyle and Karl Hoch. Please click on "HD" in the lower right-hand corner to ensure maximum colour and sound quality.
- From: The Courier-Mail
- November 08, 2014
SOMETIMES as a journalist you report on an event or protest and you walk away thinking, well, theyve got Buckleys chance.
In the Bible, the David and Goliath yarn has an upbeat ending but, in real life, things usually tilt in favour of the big boys.
You get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes the spin, the corporate tactics that kneecap any local community or group that tries to stand in the way of a massive corporation. You know in your gut its wrong.
You wander away knowing the little bloke is outgunned and outmanoeuvred at every turn legally, financially, friends in high places, resources, the lot.
At night when you are falling asleep, instead of sheep to count, after a life in journalism you have a flock of this sad little-bloke-got-screwed yarns to restlessly tally.
Yet, every once in a while, the little bloke puts up one hell of a fight.
Thats the story of Bimblebox nature refuge, an 8000ha patch of bush beauty and diversity, and the people who love it.