Radioactive pollution in the Karlamilyi?

Environment Minister Greg Hunt is holding the fate of the Parnngurr community’s lands in his hands.  

Have you seen the beautiful Rudall (Karlamilyi) river catchments, permanent water holes, ephemeral rivers and salt lakes of Karlamilyi National Park? It’s a beautiful part of WA’s Pilbara.

Right now, one of the largest uranium corporations in the world, Cameco, is seeking the Minister’s approval for its Kintyre uranium mine in the area excised from the national park, in the river’s watershed.

Between 1981 and 1993 Cameco was responsible for over 150 spills of radioactive material and contaminated water at uranium mines. They are under active investigation from the Canadian tax agency and have been heavily criticised for incompetency by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.

It’s like the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu all over again. 

Tell Minister Hunt: Don’t let Cameco recklessly endanger these beautiful, life sustaining lands with radioactive pollution.

In the past couple of years, many thousands of you have taken action with us to say no to harmful pollution from nuclear energy, nuclear waste dumps and new or expanded uranium mines.

Together, we stood with the Muckaty community to oppose plans for a nuclear waste dump on their land, and we won.

The Kintyre uranium mine presents yet another challenge to the existence of a remote Aboriginal community, this time Parnngurr. The mine plan endangers their water, bush food and the country that sustains culture and life.

What’s more, 39 Australian doctors have publicly condemned Cameco for spreading discredited information that exposure to low-level radiation is harmless.Cameco have been telling the Parnngurr community that radiation is safe!

As the Parnngurr community wait to hear the fate of their country at Karlamilyi, you can stand up again and say no to radioactive pollution, with them.

ACF is working with the Conservation Council WA to support the Parnngurr community and halt the approval of the Kintyre uranium mine. Australian uranium fuelled Fukushima and we need to phase this trade out, not expand it.

We are stronger when we stand together with Aboriginal people to protect the shared country that sustains us all.

Take action now:

Want to hear more about mines in WA? Please join us, Conservation Council WA and other panelists on Wednesday May 6th, 5.30pm – 8pm at Perth Trades Hall for Environment Matters - old mines new problems. Join on Facebook. See you there!

Fossil fools

Last night, the federal government rejected a deal on the Renewable Energy Target. A renewables industry body, brought to its knees by a year of the government’s sabotage, proposed a desperately weak target to end the deadlock.

The clean energy industry should never have been put in this situation. 

At the last election, the federal government promised to support renewable energy. But over the past 12 months, their attacks on clean energy have cost jobs and investment across the country.

It’s infuriating.

Together we've been working hard to grow a clean energy future and we won't stop now. 88 per cent of Australians support clean energy. In fact only big polluting energy companies will benefit from the government's actions. 


Over the past few weeks, hundreds of you called and emailed your MPs, asking them to keep the Renewable Energy Target strong. You told them how much you want a clean energy future.

You spoke to MP staffers, left messages and sent follow up emails. Some of you were handballed from pillar to post, but you persevered – thank you.

Megan from central Victoria talked to her MP about how sad she feels when she reads Dr Seuss’ The Lorax to her seven-year-old daughter. Helen told her pollie that Longreach’s community is on its knees from the drought – and weakening the Renewable Energy Target will increase energy costs and push local businesses to the wall.

Thousands of you put up clean energy posters in greengrocers, schools and libraries, too. Just a few weeks ago, I was in Bega, NSW, and was thrilled to see one of these posters in a local cafe. Your love for renewable energy stands out in electorates across the country. 

Will you help spread the clean energy message even further? If you haven't already, put up some posters in public places! Let us know how many and we’ll post them to you. 

Sign up for your posters over here.

A clean energy boom is taking off across the world. Australia is lagging behind right now, but it’s just a matter of time before we catch up. 

In the meantime, it’s up to us to spread the word. Keep the pressure on the government and call out the big polluting energy companies holding us back.



Count me in!

I'm Kelly, ACF's Chief Executive Officer and I want to meet you. 

Our ACF community is growing, active and flourishing, with big wins up our sleeves in the 50 years we’ve stood up for the places we love, share, explore and belong to.

Together, we are some of Australia’s most powerful advocates for nature. I think it’s time to get together to swap stories and share plans.

Before the month is out, I’ll visit towns and cities all over Australia as part of our Count me in! tour. Will you be there?

Yes. Count me in! Bendigo - Monday 23 March

Yes. Count me in! Melbourne -Tuesday 24 March (BOOKED OUT!)

Yes. Count me in! Canberra - Friday 27 March

Yes. Count me in! Brisbane - Monday 30 March

Yes. Count me in! Ipswich - Tuesday 31 March

Yes. Count me in! Adelaide - Wednesday 1 April

(More towns and cities to come!)

This year is critical. We are naming the big polluters who pay up big to influence public policy. We need to push hard for decisive action to cut pollution at the Paris climate talks, and mobilise locally for global impact.

And we need to protect and connect nature along our magnificent Great Dividing Range -- stretching from the Wet Tropics of the beautiful north to Melbourne’s water catchment -- places that nourish life for the majority of Australians.

How? Well, let’s get together and talk about our collective vision and our plan to protect the Australia we love with people passion.

I warmly invite you, your friends and family to join us at a Count me in! community gathering.

Please register now. 

Let’s not give in to a dismal vision of a bleak future. These community gatherings will be a space of hope and action. They will kick off a nationwide conversation about nature, climate and the values we all hold together.

You can shape this with us.