The Wide Bay Burnett Conservation Council Inc (WBBCC) is a not for profit community conservation group that specialises in environmental advocacy. We began the organisation in 1975 and have been incorporated since 1993.We work at the legislative level to lobby against environmentally destructive and unsustainable projects and work with government agencies and proponents to negotiate better environmental outcomes for necessary development.

It is our role as a conservation council to lobby for the protection of our regional environment and educate the public on better environmental practices. We use a number of tools to undertake our advocacy work ranging from written and electronic correspondence with State and Federal Governments and their opposition,  face to face meetings with Ministers, proponents and stakeholders, to using local, state and national media coverage to voice our concerns and educate the public on a range of issues.

A number of our members represent WBBCC providing environmental advice on many panels and technical working groups such as:

  • The Wide Bay Burnett Regional Planning Committee developing the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Plan- run by the Department of Infrastructure and Planning (DIP)
  • The  Burnett Water Resources Plan- Community Reference Panel, developing a water resources plan that can provide adequate water to all stakeholders and environmental needs into the future
  • The Mary River Resource Operations Plan- developing an interim operations plan to address all stakeholders concerns and needs for water in the period before the Mary Water Resources Plan is revised
  • The Fraser Coast Regional Council Environmental Advisory Committee
  • The Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee- Stakeholder representative for the Environment

The WBBCC Coordinator  attends Environmental Rountable Conferences twice a year with other conservation sector representatives from across Queensland hosted by  Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Kate Jones. This provides WBBCC with the opportunity to raise critical issues with the Minister while working together with the other representatives to create joint policy positions and share valuable information.

The WBBCC is paid an annual grant by the Department of Environment and Resource Management under the ‘Conservation Organisations Funding Program’ of $15,000 to fund our advocacy work, run an office and employ a part-time Coordinator. As a not for profit community group, it is our obligation to provide advice, education and support to any community member who has a valid environmental issue causing them concern and requires attention. If you have an issue concerning you or have observed an illegal activity in relation to the environment, please contact us on 07 41233361. If your call is not answered, please leave a message with some details and your call will be returned within 7 days.
The WBBCC Office is located at 25 Ellena Street, Maryborough 4650. Though if you do wish to visit the office, please phone ahead and make a booking as the Coordinator is in the office on a Part-Time basis.

Our Organisation is run by an Executive Committee and a paid Coordinator.

President- Roger Currie

1st Vice-President- Tim Thornton

Secretary- Kerryn Ward

Treasurer- Tony van Kampen

Regional Environment Coordinator- Emma-Kate Currie

WBBCC has 65 Individual Members and 9 Affiliated Group Memberships.


Looking to contact us?

ABN 68440802384

Email (obscured to prevent spam): wbbcc at hotmail dot com

Mobile: 0409 643 895

Postal address: PO Box 694 Maryborough Qld 4650


6 Responses to “About WBBCC”

  1. Emma-Kate Says:

    New website looks great. Many thanks to Dirk vanKampen our technical expert!


    Hi Gusy Congratulations on the work you do.

    I wanted to let you guys know that ON Saturday i was fishing with my mate NORTH of WATHUMBA CK> and we had our first WHALE siting of teh year the mammal swirled next to teh boat then surface about 100m away, our boat was stationary at teh time as I had just hooked another lOngtail Tuna from teh feeding school.

    Thought it might be of interest to you , seeing as how THAT ship has now been moved.

    Yours sincerely

    41 Corser St POINT VERNON.

  3. Pat Heaton Says:

    Emma-Kate , thanks for the info at the mary show on the solar savers initiative cheers Pat

  4. john millar Says:

    can u inform me of a rebate if i go with another installer besides ingenero

  5. Trisha Hansen Says:

    Hi Emma-Kate,
    Great interview on ABC this morning. You raised some very interesting points regarding sustainable population, water management and renewable energy inudstry. Would be GREAT to see some action. Very Well Done!

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