DDEC History

Our Timeline of Action


The Darling Downs Environment Council was formed when concerned community members recognised that there was a need for a community based organisation to provide guidance to groups and individuals concerned with environmental matters.

Strategy Cafe

The strategy cafe was held to establish the mission, role, strategies and goals of the Darling Downs Environment Council.
February 21st, 2015

Oakey Coal Action Alliance

DDEC started supporting Oakey Coal Action Alliance (OCAA) in their fight against Stage 3 New Acland Mine in the land court.

Coal Seam Gas

DDEC is involved in campaining against Coal Seam Gas

Stage 3 New Acland Mine

Queensland government issued draft authority approving Stage 3 at New Acland Mine.
August 28th, 2015

Stage 3 New Acland Mine

The Land Court Trial for Stage 3 New Acland.
November 5th, 2015


Amaroo celebrates 40 years of environmentally focused education.
November 14th, 2015

Downs Climate Bus

Saturday 28 November, Downs Climate Bus took members to Brisbane to participate in the People's Climate March
November 28th, 2015

Chinchilla Gas Wells

In January 2016, Qld government approves 6000 new gas wells in the Chinchilla district.
January, 2016

Coal Seam Gas Enquiry

Queensland government senate enquiry into Coal Seam Gas
Febuary 17th, 2016

Election Environment Forum

DDEC hosted the first Toowoomba Regional Council, Local Government Election Candidates Environment Forum.
February 25th, 2016

Stage 3 New Acland Mine

The court case between OCAA and New Hope begins in the Qld Land Court.
March 7th, 2016

Underground Coal Gassification Banned

by the Queensland Government.
April, 2016

Toowoomba World Environment Day

celebrates 40 years.
June 2016

Stage 3 New Acland Mine

The last day of the court case challenging Stage 3 New Acland Mine.
October 5th, 2016

Water Licence Laws

Queensland Government passes laws for water licences (??)
November 2016

Platypus Habitats

DDEC protested when it was found that Toowoomba Regional Council was drawing water for road works from known platypus habitats. Council responded by trucking water in instead.
February 2017

Tree Forum

DDEC hosted a Tree Forum to create a Tree Policy for the region.

Stage 3 New Acland Mine

The Land Court handed down the decision to reject Stage 3 New Acland Mine.
May 31st, 2017

Stage 3 New Acland Mine

23 June 2017, Qld Supreme Court upheld the decision made by the Land Court to reject Stage 3 New Acland Mine.
June 23rd, 2017

Stage 3 New Acland Mine

For the Love of Acland rally held at Queensland Parliment house.
August 8th, 2017

Saving the Green Forum

24 August, 2017, Saving the Green forum was held by PROTECT.
August 24th, 2017

Stage 3 New Acland Mine

The Queensland Environment Department refused to approve Stage 3 New Acland Mine.
February 14th, 2018
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