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BirdLife Australia - Act for Birds

Community Forum, Townsville

Date: Saturday 16 June 

Time: 6pm for a 6:30 start (meeting runs to 8:30) 

Venue: The Sun Hotel  

Guest speaker: Dr April Reside (Dr Reside is a researcher and lecturer at the University of Queensland and is on the Southern Black-throated Finch Recovery Team. You can read about her work here)


Join BirdLife in Townsville Saturday June 16 to hear about how nature laws are failing our birds  and what we can do to help them.

Now found only in Queensland, the Southern Black-throated Finch has already been declared extinct in New South Wales. Its two known remaining strongholds are in the Townsville area, where it occupies prime residential land, and the Galilee Basin region where numerous coal mines are proposed — including the controversial Carmichael coal mine.

With one of the most important surviving populations in the shadow of the proposed mine, it's clear to scientists on the Recovery Team that no amount of offsets will effectively make up for the critical habitat currently slated for destruction. Our national nature laws are supposed to prevent "unacceptable impact" to our threatened species, but today, the Carmichael mine remains approved, pending development.

It's clear our nature laws are failing to protect the birds we love and the habitat that they rely upon. It's time to act.

BirdLife Australia is calling for stronger national nature laws that genuinely protect our wonderful birds and their precious habitats. Across the environmental movement as a whole we're starting to see the extinction crisis getting the national media attention it deserves, but our real power to secure stronger nature laws – and better outcomes for birds - lies in the stories and voices of local bird-lovers from around the country. So BirdLife will be hosting community forums across the country! 

This series of community forums will bring together people who care about birds and nature to share knowledge and take action. Attendees will get the chance to improve their understanding of this national issue, why it’s important and how it relates to you. We'll talk through exactly how the current system of nature laws is fundamentally broken and offer practical ways to take action about the local issues that matter to you. 

This will be a great opportunity for passionate nature lovers (like you!) to connect with one another, come up with ideas of your own, and take action together for the places and birds you love! 

Licensed venue - snack food will be provided.