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.
Did you know that burning coal is Australia’s leading cause of climate change?
Would you be surprised to know that one organisation is responsible for two-thirds of the coal burnt in Queensland?
Would you be more surprised to learn that organisation is our elected State government?
Of the eight coal power plants in Queensland, six are owned or controlled by the state government, and use two-thirds of the coal burned in Queensland. In other words, the State government literally has the power to make change happen.
Currently, Queensland is Australia’s biggest carbon emitter, and Australia’s electricity grid is one of the most polluting in the world. There is no such thing as “clean coal”. Every day we burn more dirty coal is another day of needless toxic pollution.
The Queensland Conservation Council is campaigning to ensure Queenslanders can look forward to a safe and prosperous future, where coal power stations are replaced by clean renewable energy.
Sign the petition to ask our politicians to take real action to fight coal’s costly contribution to climate change.436 signatures
We, the undersigned, urge you to use your power and ownership of Queensland’s electricity system to deliver on your promise to cut Queensland’s climate pollution, and get us on track to zero net emissions by 2050, or sooner.
Queenslanders need you to be the hero of the hour and:
- Rule out any new coal-fired power stations in Queensland
- Develop a plan to shift away from polluting coal power
- Power-up Queensland with clean renewable energy
Despite the new global challenges we are facing, Queenslanders want to see the Sunshine State lead the way in creating a sustainable low-carbon economy and a safe future for our kids. You have that power. Please don’t let us down.
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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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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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