Julie Pratt at Queensland Conservation Council
Julie Pratt

Julie Pratt

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  • signed Hands Off Our National Parks 2018-11-26 14:21:56 +1000

    Hands Off Our National Parks

    Sign our petition to demand the Queensland Government say no to the privatisation and destruction of our National Parks.

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    Hinchinbrook Island, Whitsunday Island and Cooloola have been declared national parks because of their exceptional scientific, ecological, heritage and recreational values. Any changes to the land tenure of those national parks will lessen the protection of those exceptional values.
    Public opinion, actively demonstrated over decades, indicates that citizens believe that areas declared as National Parks form a vital part of the state's heritage for all to enjoy.
    We call upon Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Leeanne Enoch, to ensure that:
    • The whole of Hinchinbrook Island, Whitsunday Island and Cooloola National Parks are retained as national park with no private development within them; 
    • The three national parks are properly managed so as to protect their exceptional values; and
    • No private development is permitted within any of Queensland's national parks.
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  • donated 2018-06-22 12:41:16 +1000

    Make a One-off donation

    With the support of people like you, we are working to protect Queensland's unique natural environment. By making a donation, you're helping us fight to protect our precious environment and our future. 

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  • signed up on Join Us 2018-06-07 12:50:38 +1000

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  • signed up on Take the Pledge! 2017-11-19 14:53:57 +1000

    Take the Pledge!

    We can't win the fight to protect our native wildlife and environments without as widespread support as possible. All the research has shown that most people care deeply about protecting our environment - as soon as they know it's under threat. The challenge is spreading the message and communicating just how bad land clearing has gotten. 

    Will you take the pledge to have just FIVE conversations with your friends, family, and colleagues about the damage out of control land clearing is doing to our environment?

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  • endorsed 2017-11-19 14:51:25 +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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  • signed Save SEQ Koalas 2017-06-29 12:19:07 +1000

    Sign the petition: Palaszczuk government, save SEQ Koalas

    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.

    Sign the petition below.

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