Mackay Conservation Group



Mackay Conservation Group

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Mackay Conservation Group is the peak environmental organisation in the Mackay region in Queensland, Australia.

The organisation focuses its conservation and environmental protection efforts on the Central Queensland Coast and Brigalow Belt bioregions in the area from Bowen in the north, west to Clermont and South to St Lawrence, and the off-shore islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Mackay Conservation Group receives some funding for specific projects from government, and relies on volunteers and donations for its advocacy work.

A non profit organisation with tax deductibility status, Mackay Conservation Group is run by a volunteer Committee.

Mackay Conservation Group recognises and strives to promote awareness of the value of our natural environment.

We aim to represent people's desires to protect and maintain our region's natural assets and encourage moves towards sustainable systems.

We achieve this by education, research, advocacy and action in co-operation with other community groups, industry, and government.

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Type of group

Incorporated Association

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Primary location

Mackay, Queensland

Known address

156 Wood St Mackay Qld 4740

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Founding Year


History of group

The Mackay Conservation Group (MCG) was established in 1984. At the time, the battle over the Bloomfield to Cape Tribulation road through the Daintree rainforest was in full swing, a battle that ultimately led to the World Heritage listing of the Cape Tribulation National Park. Members of the Mackay community were very concerned about this destruction and came together to form Mackay Conservation Group.

The preservation of the melaleuca forests at Slade Point on Harbour Board land was also of great concern, as were proposals to subdivide Lindeman Island for development.

The 1989 Qld state election which saw the 32 year reign of the National Party government brought to an end, members of the MCG were actively involved in creating and publishing a local score card on election candidates.

Over the years, other issues MCG has campaigned on include:

Logging of rainforests
Pesticide and herbicide run-off to the Reef
Dredging of harbours and the subsequent damage to the Reef and the marine environment
Establishment of coal ports in sensitive areas like Dudgeon Point
Protection of Bimblebox Nature Reserve
Coal dust and its effect on the local community.

In 1993 MCG properties trust was able to buy the building in Wood Street, Mackay. This security of tenure has enabled the group to develop strong connection to the region.

MCG is a registered charity and has Deductible Gift Recipient status, which enables tax deductibility for donations.

MCG is managed by a volunteer community management committee, and currently employs 4 part time workers.

MCG has more than 1,000 members and supporters.

Watch this video about Mackay Conservation Group's history

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