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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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  • Veronica Curties-Chen
    endorsed 2018-04-29 17:28:51 +1000
  • Aimee Quick
    endorsed 2018-04-29 11:20:04 +1000
  • Jaya Rajan Nallat
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-29 11:07:36 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • sunesh mandarathodi
    endorsed 2018-04-29 11:06:31 +1000
  • Edmund Parker
    endorsed 2018-04-29 10:04:50 +1000
  • Carolyn Mehonoshen
    endorsed 2018-04-29 09:03:24 +1000
  • Carl Moller
    endorsed 2018-04-29 08:04:48 +1000
  • Jaime Vega Palma
    endorsed 2018-04-29 05:59:29 +1000
  • Courtney Falknau
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-28 20:27:13 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Courtney Falknau
    endorsed 2018-04-28 20:26:46 +1000
  • Adriana Bauer
    endorsed 2018-04-28 18:33:14 +1000
  • Jeremy Stower
    endorsed 2018-04-28 15:45:29 +1000
    Why can we not look back at the past and learn from our mistakes? We are as a species just going around in cruel loops of all that is destructive.
  • Irene Nel
    endorsed 2018-04-28 14:56:11 +1000
    For 10 years I have watched Stockland clear our native bush on the Sunshine Coast…

    No Koalas 🐨 left, almost no Roos left, No Galas left, just the Crows and Doves. Now the Council is destroying more 20 year old iconic trees in Sippy Downs …

    Shameless clearing!!! The wildlife lost will never return!
  • David Johnson
    endorsed 2018-04-28 14:50:21 +1000
  • Michael Moller
    endorsed 2018-04-28 14:23:27 +1000
  • xanthe van den bosch
    endorsed 2018-04-28 13:23:44 +1000
  • Damon O'Regan-Mals
    endorsed 2018-04-28 12:34:56 +1000
  • Shawny Campbell
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-04-28 12:08:28 +1000
    Clearing has a major impact on native wildlife and threatened species which depend on woodlands for habitat. :(
  • Shawny Campbell
    endorsed 2018-04-28 12:05:59 +1000
  • Amanda Ragg
    endorsed 2018-04-28 09:10:31 +1000
  • Lynne Turpie
    endorsed 2018-04-28 09:08:25 +1000
  • Sharon Taylor
    endorsed 2018-04-28 07:23:04 +1000
  • William Laurance
    endorsed 2018-04-28 04:39:28 +1000
    I lead an international scientific organisation known as ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers—which presently has a weekly readership in excess of 1 million unique readers (http://www.alert-conservation.org). We have previously reported four times on the Queensland land-clearing issue and will be following and reporting on it again in the coming weeks, to our global and Australian audiences, with special attention paid to the roles of the Queensland Parliament and Premier. We write without fear or favour and are looking forward to a good result to report to our very large readership—which of course includes many voters!
  • Gabrielle Bock
    endorsed 2018-04-27 21:42:39 +1000
  • Lucia Santiago
    endorsed 2018-04-27 20:00:36 +1000
  • Zéna Marks
    endorsed 2018-04-27 18:14:56 +1000
  • Lyn Hotchin
    endorsed 2018-04-27 15:44:31 +1000
  • Sheryl Kearney
    endorsed 2018-04-27 15:38:36 +1000
    Please reverse the Newman legislative changes, the change in my local area over the last 2 years is the most dramatic I’ve seen in the past 30 years.
  • Tracey de Wet
    endorsed 2018-04-27 15:05:30 +1000
  • Brooke Laidlaw
    endorsed 2018-04-27 13:05:06 +1000