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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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  • Tracey Hogan
    endorsed 2018-05-02 12:57:54 +1000
  • Jean Tulloch
    endorsed 2018-05-02 12:35:29 +1000
    Please pass this hugely important bill.
  • Janer Foster
    endorsed 2018-05-02 06:58:11 +1000
  • Emmerrie Mozart
    endorsed via 2018-05-01 23:43:57 +1000
  • Jean Wheatley
    endorsed 2018-05-01 18:19:39 +1000
  • Elaine Wickings
    endorsed 2018-05-01 16:26:04 +1000
  • Tully Cooper
    endorsed 2018-05-01 15:52:08 +1000
  • Wenjie Luo
    endorsed 2018-05-01 15:15:58 +1000
  • Sari
    endorsed 2018-05-01 14:18:16 +1000
    After reading some of the FB comments on various sights over the last few days I am getting the impression that there seems to be a lack of understanding about the importance that old and existing native treed areas have to the co-existing environmental biodiversity and how important that is to the health of all flora and fauna species in that area…I hope I’ve worded that so it makes sense. Perhaps as well as more stringent clearing laws would it also be advisable that current farming practices be re-evaluated, with support? ‘It is far more efficient to prevent environmental damage than to try to reverse it later.’ https://theconversation.com/queensland-land-clearing-is-undermining-australias-environmental-progress-54882 – 22 Feb 2016
  • Cara Brotherton
    endorsed 2018-05-01 13:59:51 +1000
  • Anne Sutherland
    endorsed 2018-05-01 13:55:04 +1000
    If you wish to survive into the future STOP LAND CLEARING NOW. Punish those who clear land severely – big big fines. We do not need more food we are all too fat. We do not need new clothes all the time – most not made with natural fibres.
  • mary frey
    endorsed 2018-05-01 13:29:44 +1000
  • Jeanette Mills
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-01 11:40:55 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Jeanette Mills
    endorsed 2018-05-01 11:40:16 +1000
    It’s so sad to see our unique flora and fauna being decimated at an alarming rate. These creatures and their habitat urgently need protection.
  • Clare Gover
    Return to the Wild Inc. endorsed 2018-05-01 09:29:11 +1000
    the koala is a protected species, it’s habitat is not!

    How can we protect a species if we do not protect the habitat it relies on? koalas are an ambassador for every other wildlife species, protect it’s habitat and we protect the species.

    We do not want to lose this and other valuable Australian icon. it is unique, it cannot survive without the trees it lives in.
  • Brendan Waite
    endorsed 2018-05-01 09:10:55 +1000
  • Adrian Pottow
    endorsed 2018-05-01 09:02:56 +1000
    The RSPCA estimate that existing land clearing results in the death of 45 million native animals in Queensland alone should illustrate the need for these laws as a first stepping stone in redressing the balance between humans as a species and native wildlife. The fact that 45 million native animals are being lost each year as a direct result of our actions is shameful in the extreme. Time to change the values underpinning society, away from greed and money toward valuing the truly remarkable natural beauty of this country which we are fortunate to live in. Land clearing promotes industrial scale agri-business at the expense of all others – it’s just totally unacceptable. Time to act.
  • John Brewer
    endorsed 2018-05-01 08:52:32 +1000
  • Sally Mcdonald
    endorsed 2018-05-01 06:40:02 +1000
  • Oriano Perata
    endorsed via 2018-05-01 03:39:08 +1000
  • dennis kreiner
    endorsed 2018-05-01 03:05:01 +1000
    Woodlands are good for the hole world as thy give oxygen to all of us
  • tiziana bagarotto
    endorsed 2018-05-01 01:51:25 +1000
  • Sue Bond
    @thewordygecko tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-30 21:38:46 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me! https://www.queenslandconservation.org.au/land_clearing_letter?recruiter_id=11099
  • Sue Bond
    endorsed 2018-04-30 21:38:25 +1000
    I support the action on reducing land clearing. We need to preserve what we have left.
  • Jennifer Ottaway
    endorsed 2018-04-30 21:28:58 +1000
    Please protect our environment for future generations.
  • Vanessa Elwell-Gavins
    endorsed 2018-04-30 21:24:31 +1000
  • Mark Hare
    endorsed 2018-04-30 20:35:51 +1000
  • John Maelich
    endorsed 2018-04-30 20:28:22 +1000
  • Lindsay Goward
    endorsed 2018-04-30 20:21:13 +1000
  • Nuhares🌸
    @nuhares tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-30 20:02:52 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me! https://www.queenslandconservation.org.au/land_clearing_letter?recruiter_id=9233