Well-managed National parks are a safe haven for Queensland's endangered wildlife.
National parks and other protected areas are one of the best ways to conserve nature and protect cultural values. They provide a legal safeguard for wildlife and connect us with rich, life-giving landscapes essential for our well being.
Despite Queensland’s living cultural landscapes being the most diverse of any state or territory in Australia, we have the smallest proportion of land in protected areas such as national parks.
In 2016 the Queensland Government committed to doubling the area of protected land from around 8% to 17%, but since then, very little has changed.
As Queenslanders, we treasure our national parks and with the leadership and consent of First Nations people, call on the Queensland Government to build a bigger and better system of parks and protected areas across the state by:
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- Maintaining the commitment to double the size of Queensland’s protected area system.
- Investing in well-managed new National Parks to protect species and help rebuild regional tourism.
- Increasing funding for management of our existing national parks, creating more jobs for Park Rangers and land managers.
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Add your voice to our letter calling on our political leaders to take action on Land Clearing!
Dear Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Since laws, policies and enforcement processes were substantially weakened in 2012 and 2013, Queensland’s land clearing rates have risen dramatically to levels not seen for more than a decade. Clearing is out of control again in Queensland.
Clearing has a major impact on native wildlife and threatened species which depend on woodlands for habitat. Clearing is also bad for the Great Barrier Reef, waterways, and the climate. State land clearing legislation, planning legislation, enforcement policies and monitoring processes all need to be strengthened and used to achieve a new level of protection from clearing threats.
I welcomed the introduction of the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 into Parliament. Now that the Parliamentary Committee examining the Bill has completed its Inquiry, we look forward to our land clearing laws being strengthened as a matter of urgency.
While I support the main thrust of the Bill, I also believe it needs to be improved before being passed. I fully endorse:
- scrapping so-called ‘high value agriculture’ as a relevant clearing purpose, introduced by the Newman government;
I urge you and your government to ensure these provisions are passed, but I would also like to see:
The government must also make sure additional protection for koalas, other threatened species and their habitats is achieved.
I recognise the Vegetation Management and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 represents an important milestone in Queensland’s land clearing law reform. While the Bill alone will not fully address Queensland’s land clearing crisis, it is a significant step forward and I believe it will make a big difference.
Over time, Queensland needs to ensure its land clearing laws bring down clearing rates, and deliver permanent protection for all old-growth native woodlands and forests, and permanent protection of all other high conservation value native woodlands and forests in the state.
It is time for much stronger land clearing laws in Queensland. Please make sure this happens to help protect our native woodlands, and native wildlife.
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Leonard Fitzpatrick commented on “Un-Happy Threatened Species Day!” Conservation groups’ outrage at decimation of Queensland wildlife by out-of-control bulldozing of bushland 2017-09-07 10:36:19 +1000Pure madness that such widespread, systematic destruction of our natural environment, habitats and wildlife has been and continues to be sanctioned by all tiers of Government. Elected representatives demonstrating arrogant disregard for their responsibility and accountability for a sustainable, liveable future, which must include our native wildlife. ‘Sustainable’ doesn’t and should never be myopically viewed as being able to pillage and destroy our natural landscapes, habitats (homes for wildlife) on a project schedule over a period of time that maximises the self-serving vested interests who have zero accountability or concern for the future. Great to see so many concerned citizens and groups standing together to say enough is enough. The madness must end. ‘Smart State’, ‘Clever Country’? Let’s start to prove it, and demand our elected representatives to take decisive action and commit to a liveable, ecologically-sensitive future. This demands a serious rethink about the unsustainable, failed assumptions that have driven government policy and attitudes – ‘development’ at all costs can no longer be the holy grail, the altar upon which all else must be sacrificed. The costs are TOO high. We as a community have the right to expect more from those we elect. What sort of legacy are we prepared to leave for our children? There is still place on this world for principle, where there so much more of value to us all than profits for a small minority who clearly have no concern or respect for a clean, healthy and thriving environment that supports all manner of life, something that our children and theirs can and should be able to enjoy.
Stand with us in calling on the Palaszczuk government to stop the clearing of koala habitat in Southeast Queensland.
An expert panel report has shown that past efforts to protect the koala, which is Queensland’s official animal emblem, have failed. Up to 80% of the koala population in Southeast Queensland has been lost in just 20 years due to destruction of woodland habitat, traffic issues and domestic dog attacks
The koala now faces the prospect of extinction in the wild in Southeast Queensland.
The State Government needs to take urgent action and immediately:
- implement a moratorium on any clearing in south-east Queensland
- declare the koala ‘Endangered’ in south-east Queensland
- prioritise koala and habitat protection in new planning rules
Send a clear message that more needs to be done urgently to protect our state emblem.
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