In North Queensland only a few hundred kilometres inland from the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef is some of the most intensive coal mining in the world.
The Stop Adani Campaign has been the headline battle to try and stop the coal behemoth swallow up the fragile land water and wildlife churn it and just spit it out as tailing and pollution
And the fight still goes on at FLAC https://frontlineaction.org/
The west of Queensland is dry and outside the wet season the riverbeds are dry sand
And farmers, animals, birdlife and native flora rely on water stored underground.
It bubbles up in springs across inland Australia. The springs I swam in on the Oodnadatta Track, thousands of kilometres away are linked and fed water by the Queensland springs.
Springs like Doongmabulla Spings https://www.defendourwater.org/springs#:~:text=The%20Doongmabulla%20Springs%20complex%20is,very%20dry%20landscape%5B1%5D.&text=These%20springs%20are%20like%20oases,They%20also%20support%20remarkable%20ecosystems.
An oasis in the harsh outback of Queensland which could likely be drained to wash the coal extracted from The Adani Mine.
Water is essential to preserving the beautiful things of nature.
None of the birds above are threatened but at the Adani site, there are endangered species of birds that could be wiped out.
In outback Australia, water is life. For people, for food production, for Australia’s unique fauna and flora.
We don’t need to use it to waste it on a new coal mine when the future is in renewable energy not coal or gas.
If you can support FLAC. Visit https://frontlineaction.org/
Camped at Camp Binbee Under the Milky Way at Night
For the last couple of weeks I have been immersed in the Red Centre of Australia.
Literally immersed as the rivers, creeks and waterholes in the MacDonnell Ranges are brimming after recent rains
The MacDonnell Ranges flank Alice Springs to the east and the west.
A line of rolling mountains, as old as time itself,
Punctuated by, gorges, gaps, passes and chasms
Red and ocre rock forged into mountains by rain wind and salt over the millennia.
This journey of discovery of the Red Centre starts and finishes in these ranges so let’s start the story in the east MacDonnell Ranges.
To the east the ranges run out to the Trephina Gorge Nature Reserve.
Emily and Jessie Gaps/ Yeperenye are only a short 22km ride east of Alice Springs.
These sites have important cultural rock paintings that tell the dreamtime stories of the local Central Arrernte people.
Their dreamtime stories are represented in rock paintings at these sites. People are requested not to photograph them. So you will have to go and see them yourselves.
Corrobaree Rock was formed hundreds of millions of years ago
When central Australia was covered by sea and sand and salt formed a motar to bind these rocks into a new form.
The ghost gum is such a symbol of central Australia and this one at the entrance to Trephina Gorge is over 300 years old.
Trephina Gorge really was a perfect first taste of the magnificent canyons and gorges that were to come.
As an addendum for those following my actual where about. I left Alice Springs yesterday and now on the way to Queensland. The next few posts will be reflections on the Red Centre.