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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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  • Chelsey Reid
    endorsed 2018-03-16 11:16:15 +1000
    Bellbird park is being cleared to build houses, koalas live in the land being cleared. I cant believe that there is no laws to protect animals when land is being cleared. This world belongs to all creatures big and small. The least we can do as humans while taking away other animals homes, is to protect and relocate them, not let them fall from trees and be run over by machines and die. It is appalling.
  • Caroline Riseley
    endorsed via 2018-03-08 13:42:25 +1000
  • Liliana Williamson
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-08 13:21:16 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Lil Williamson
    endorsed 2018-03-08 13:20:49 +1000
  • Charis Burridge
    endorsed 2018-03-07 18:39:59 +1000
    I am appalled to learn that even the University of Queensland is not taking animal welfare into account in its decision-making on land clearing to create new student accommodation.
  • Pamela Blunt
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-07 17:44:45 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Pamela Blunt
    @RpBlunt tweeted link to this page. 2018-03-07 17:44:42 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me! http://www.queenslandconservation.org.au/land_clearing_letter?recruiter_id=16109
  • Pamela Blunt
    endorsed 2018-03-07 17:43:32 +1000
    Be remembered as the State Government that STOPPED the gluttonous clearing of our beautiful bushland, our valuable yet vulnerable wildlife, and plants. You will be applauded by most Queenslanders, and our future generations.
  • Hollie Fender
    endorsed 2018-03-06 12:12:14 +1000
  • Anita Cosgrove
    endorsed 2018-02-26 07:52:58 +1000
  • Iness Un
    endorsed via 2018-02-25 09:39:35 +1000
  • Bernard Jean
    endorsed via 2018-02-23 17:43:46 +1000
  • Bernard Jean
    endorsed via 2018-02-23 17:43:45 +1000
  • Dee Smith
    endorsed via 2018-02-22 11:11:28 +1000
  • Madeleine Lewis
    endorsed via 2018-02-21 21:44:29 +1000
  • Jeanette Newton
    endorsed via 2018-02-21 08:45:25 +1000
    We have to leave this area alone. We do not need a lite rail..
  • Tricia Mendham
    endorsed via 2018-02-21 07:20:17 +1000
  • J M
    endorsed via 2018-02-21 03:52:33 +1000
  • Donna Hope
    endorsed via 2018-02-21 03:00:38 +1000
  • Jacqueline Schindler
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-21 02:04:39 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Clar Issa
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-20 21:39:23 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Clarissa Parker
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 21:38:48 +1000
  • Remi Borowiak
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 19:33:16 +1000
  • wendy bailey-hill
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 18:11:59 +1000
  • Surya Sumantara
    endorsed 2018-02-20 14:50:30 +1000
    Why must you suck
  • Cheryl Mcintyre
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 13:23:15 +1000
    Please help protect our national emblem
  • Marlaina Sole
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 12:58:49 +1000
  • Emily Stansa
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 12:52:53 +1000
    The Maddening Destruction of much needed Koala Habitat NEEDS TO STOP !!! , so these cute guys have a place to live and thrive , not suffer or go hungry and not be a distant memory like most extinct animals , Wise up and act now before its too late !!!! These cute guys are unique to Australia and we need to look after them !!!!!
  • Katina Czyczelis
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 12:33:25 +1000
  • Luca Ronconi
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 07:09:25 +1000
    Stop the insane destruction of koala habitat. We’ve already lost most of them!