Protect, restore, connect our Great Dividing Range

Our Great Dividing Range

Protect your right to speak out for nature. Community voice matters.

The incredible web of life

Right now our government can't see the forest for the trees.

They claim only people who live right next to big polluting coal mines will feel the impacts – and that other voices shouldn’t count.

But the world doesn’t work that way. We are all connected by the web of life. A giant coal mine in the Galilee Basin would impact – not just the local environment – but communities all along the Great Dividing Range, and beyond.

So many Australians get it. The futures of our unique wildlife, the places we love, and our communities are inextricably linked.

That’s why we’re launching a long term effort to protect, restore and connect our Great Dividing Range.

Read ACF’s Range report. Watch a stunning short film about the Range.

Just like the Reef, the Kimberley and Tassie's magnificent forests, the Range is vital to life in Australia. Almost three-quarters of Australian people and most of our threatened animals live alongside its mountain corridor.

The dense forests keep our air clean. The rivers and water catchments are the lifeblood for millions of Australians. And as the world warms, the Range is a vital refuge for people and wildlife.

Communities up and down the Range and all over the country are doing incredible work locally – like the everyday heroes of our video – Stanley, Peter and Deanne.


People care deeply about nature but governments are failing in their duty of care. Whether it’s a coal mine in the Galilee Basin, gas mining in the Kimberley or logging in Tasmania's magnificent forests – all Australians should have a say in projects that risk our shared future.

The natural systems that support life in Australia are too big and complex to manage in bite-sized pieces.

Together, we can weave your local efforts in with a national approach to the big issues. Then life will thrive – not in one or two places – but all along the Range and across the country.

Get inspired: watch and share these three beautiful stories of hope and connection along the Range.

This weekend, I encourage you to reconnect with a place you love.

Take a walk in the mountains. Listen to the bush symphony. Camp with the kids. Take a long, cool drink of clean water from your city tap.

I grew up on the Hawkesbury River which flows down out of the Range. It’s my heartland. I bet you’ve got a place like that too.


Tell your MP to protect your right to speak out for nature

This is extraordinary. Rattled by the Federal Court overturning approval of the Carmichael Coal Mine, the government plans to rush a bill through Parliament tomorrow to rip out the laws that allow Australians to challenge dangerous projects – like new coal mines – in court.

Our national nature protection laws were introduced by the Howard government to provide sensible checks and balances.

Yet our Prime Minister calls the Mackay Conservation Group’s legitimate legal challenge to the Carmichael Coal Mine sabotage. And Attorney-General George Brandis calls environment groups vigilantes.

The Australian Government wants to make it easier for big polluters to pollute and damage life, and harder for Australia to become powered by clean renewable energy. We want a society powered by clean energy that protects life and empowers communities.

Thankfully, many people and communities are willing to speak up for the places and wildlife they love and depend on.

The Place You Love alliance – who I stood with at an emergency press conference this morning – represents 1.5 million Australians.

We’re working together to mobilise supporters and you have a critical role to play as a part of this huge alliance. It’s time to up the ante. You’ve emailed Minister Hunt, and now we’re moving to a channel that’s much harder to ignore – phone calls.

Will you call your local Member of Parliament and tell them you care about protecting our land, water and wildlife? Say you want them to protect the communities’ legal right to challenge government decisions to approve massive coal projects that fuel global warming and damage life.

Tens of thousands of ACF supporters took action last week, so together, we can get the calls rolling in to Members of Parliament all across the country.

It’s just a small handful of politicians – fuelled by greedy coal lobby groups – who are trying to take away the voice of our communities.

Today’s action by the Abbott Government is part of the big polluters campaign to revoke environment groups’ charity status and remove your ability to give tax deductible donations and raise funds to challenge big polluters. The Abbott Government is using the language of terrorism to describe reasonable people working within the laws of our country.

The Guardian said the Abbott government war on green 'saboteurs' is Laurel and Hardy slapstick – but the consequences are severe.

National environmental law exists for a reason – to protect life, land, water and wildlife.

The truth is our national environment law, the EPBC Act, has prompted very little court action. While more than 5000 projects have been referred under this law, only 27 have been brought before the court for judicial review.

Governments should welcome public transparency and scrutiny of polluting and damaging industrial developments.

The Australian Government's extreme reaction to the Federal Court’s decision against the development of the Carmichael Coal Mine make it clear it’s time for a new generation of environmental laws. We need a healthy and robust nature protection framework that can’t be exploited by big polluters.

To find out more about the campaign, you can listen to my interview with ABC radio this morning.

Local people have the courage to protect the places, water and wildlife Australians love and depend on from the big polluters. And it’s up to us to keep this right alive.

Will you make an urgent phone call today to your representative in Parliament? Tell them you’re from their electorate and you want them to protect Australia’s environmental law.

Thanks for all you do!

Greg Hunt: minister for or against the environment?

It’s rare an opportunity arises to change the course of a nation.

But right now Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, has that opportunity right before of him.

In the last week, a whopping 22,669 of you wrote to Minister Hunt asking him to reject Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine once and for all.

Now, we’re asking him to prove he’s the Minister for the Environment, not the Minister against the Environment, with targeted newspaper ads in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. 

Will you chip in $10 now to give Minister Hunt a wakeup call with his morning coffee tomorrow?

Minister Hunt’s approval of Adani’s giant coal mine makes a mockery of our national environmental laws. And his continued support for the mine, despite clear community opposition shows he is out of step with the Australian people.

The evidence is clear. The Carmichael Coal Mine would be a colossal mistake for our environment. 

Just $10 from you will help us reach our goal of $40,000 to place ads in the daily papers tomorrow.

Together, let’s ask Minister Hunt – are you the Minister for the environment or the Minister against the environment?

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