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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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  • Sarra Brayshaw
    endorsed 2018-04-30 19:46:30 +1000
  • Michelle Fatur
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  • Margaret Moorhouse
    Alliance to Save Hinchinbrook Inc (ASH) endorsed 2018-04-30 18:31:21 +1000
    ASH urges the present government to further strengthen the Act so that it carries out the expectations of the Hon. Henry Palaszczuk, as expressed in 2000 in a letter to Margaret Thorsborne (now A.O.), just after the introduction of the first-ever Queensland Vegetation Management Act (1999):


    “That legislation was passed by Parliament in late 1999. It is intended to ensure that all remnant vegetation is sustainably managed and protected, while still allowing economic development.


    “Some relevant policy criteria within that legislation and which will address your concerns include:

    • Vegetated buffers of at least fifty metres where possible around wetlands, lakes or springs;

    • Placement and width of riparian buffers to enhance wildlife habitat, stream bank stability and the filtering capacity for sediments and nutrients. These buffers are to be 200 metres each side of rivers, 100m each side for creeks and fifty metres each side of waterways in most areas;

    • Viable networks of habitat to be maintained. Where possible, vegetation is to be maintained in twenty hectares or greater clumps and strips; and

    • No clearing of areas of high conservation value.”


    The government must now introduce strong enforcement measures; and reinstate the riparian protection brought in by The Hon. Henry Palaszczuk; and repair (revegtate) the now eroding river banks, specially of the high-energy rivers of the FNQ Wet Tropics regions.
  • Hester Goedhart
    endorsed 2018-04-30 18:07:18 +1000
  • karlijn wevers
    @jijmpel tweeted link to this page. 2018-04-30 18:01:21 +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=16414
  • Karlijn Wevers
    endorsed 2018-04-30 18:00:58 +1000
  • Jan Cooke
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  • George Theobald
    endorsed 2018-04-30 16:18:26 +1000
  • Belinda Billing
    endorsed 2018-04-30 16:11:20 +1000
    Please protect our native vegetation, wildlife, soil, Great Barrier Reef, climate - land clearing must stop now.
  • Roy Swan
    endorsed 2018-04-30 16:06:57 +1000
  • Antje Nebel
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  • Genevieve Gall
    endorsed 2018-04-30 15:33:48 +1000
  • Eleni Demetriou
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    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Eleni Demetriou
    endorsed 2018-04-30 15:33:05 +1000
  • valarie ross
    endorsed 2018-04-30 15:25:57 +1000
  • Jennie Sskamoto
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  • Chloe Neisler
    endorsed 2018-04-30 15:18:07 +1000
  • Karen Gillow
    endorsed 2018-04-30 10:47:32 +1000
    Our forests can be torn down in hours, but NEVER replaced. We need them, for so many reasons Premier Palaszczuk.
  • Rachel Bermingham
    endorsed 2018-04-30 08:56:26 +1000
  • Shealagh Walker
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  • Veronica Curties-Chen
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