Amy Pierson at Queensland Conservation Council
Amy Pierson

Amy Pierson

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  • donated 2018-11-21 09:39:58 +1000

    Donate To Our Renewables Roadshow

    $1,465.00 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    Renewable energy is booming in Queensland, powering our homes and bringing clean jobs with it. In fact, there’s enough renewable energy in the pipeline right now to meet 90% of our state's electricity needs*! But these projects won’t go ahead without support, so we need to make sure they happen, and fast.

    By raising awareness of the benefits of renewable energy for our communities and our environment, we can win the support needed for strong action on climate change - and keep the renewable revolution rolling!

    This Christmas donate to our Renewable Energy Roadshow, and for every $1000 we raise we’ll be able to visit another regional town - hosting public meetings, and meeting with media, mayors and MPs to spread the word about what renewable energy can do for Queensland.


    Solar Citizens 2018 report ‘Renewable Energy Across Queensland’s Regions’ 

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  • endorsed 2018-01-10 16:00:20 +1000

    Sign the Letter!

    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;
    • protecting high value regrowing woodlands, re-protecting many woodlands deregulated by Newman, but with a widened definition of ‘high conservation value’ regrowth;
    • scrapping the self-assessed code for thinning, and tighter rules for 'managing thickened vegetation';
    • extending Great Barrier Reef riparian protections to all reef catchments; and
    • phasing out existing Area Management Plans which have allowed for regional clearing.

    I urge you and your government to ensure these provisions are passed, but I would also like to see:

    • removing the capacity to manage thickened vegetation under development application processes;
    • terminating all existing Area Management Plans now; and
    • greater restrictions on fodder harvesting, including smaller limits on volume and a drought declaration trigger.

    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.

    Yours sincerely

    (Your name here)

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