Gladstone Conservation Council (GCC) and Capricorn Conservation Council (CCC) submit that the Mt Etna based population of the ghost bat (Macroderma gigas) be included as one of the priority species for inclusion in the Threatened Species Action Plan 2021-2026.
The Mt Etna ghost bat community, 27km north of Rockhampton Queensland, is within the CCC focused geographic area.
CCC has had a long and complex history with the ghost bat starting from the 1970s when CCC supported lobbying efforts by the Central Queensland Speleological Society in endeavouring to get proper research, listing, and management of the ghost bat and little bent-wing bat.
The ghost bat is the largest carnivorous bat in Australia, the sole extant representative of its genus and is the largest microbat in Australia. Its vulnerable status has been recognised through its listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The Central Queensland Energy Futures Summit was a gathering of over 140 stakeholders, in Gladstone in April 2021, representing local and state government, energy companies and regulators, industrial sectors, unions, education and training institutions, Traditional Owners and environmental groups.The Summit was hosted by The Next Economy and would not have been possible without the generous support of the sponsors Stanwell, CleanCo, Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), CQUniversity and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). This report by The Next Economy summarises the activities over the two days and the key messages that came out of audience participation. Click here to download the report