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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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  • Catherine Frost
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-20 06:11:52 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Cath Frost
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 06:11:16 +1000
  • Lisa Dent
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 05:45:41 +1000
  • Snezana Trkulja
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-20 04:48:21 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Snezana Trkulja
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 04:47:57 +1000
  • Jessica Walsh
    endorsed via 2018-02-20 00:07:52 +1000
    Australia is a top 10 global deforester, with Queensland as the most offending state. Many developed countries around the world are now starting to invest in reforestation programs. We currently face a global mass extinction event, one of which has not been seen in thousands of years. We do not need to add to the devastation by clearing the habitat of native animals! Recent developments in the northern Gold Coast area have already lead to a decline in the amount of forest and subsequently to a decrease in the native animal population. This should not continue.

    As a traveller, I am engaged in many conversations about Australia with people from abroad. The conversation almost always leads to what that individuals favourite Australian animal is. Our native wildlife is a tourism asset that deserves our protection.
  • Kelly Byers
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 23:29:24 +1000
  • Muzza Munro
    @earth_warrior tweeted link to this page. 2018-02-19 21:38:44 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Murray Munro
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 21:38:00 +1000
  • Eira Battaglia
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 21:30:39 +1000
    Stop the clearing of koala habitat
  • Heather Taylor
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 21:24:26 +1000
    This must stop you codone the wiping out of our koalas.this is too high a price for advancement.
  • Rhonda Towne
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 21:17:41 +1000
  • Liz Bear
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 20:55:23 +1000
  • Lisa Conway
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 20:20:37 +1000
    Please listen to us. The animals have no voice.
  • Ben Pearce
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 20:05:48 +1000
  • Annette Rankin
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 19:28:12 +1000
    Save our koalas and wildlife before its too late
  • Kerrianne Robertson
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 19:24:58 +1000
  • Joyce MacDonald
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 19:07:14 +1000
  • Ian Curson
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 19:06:34 +1000
  • Andrea Walsh
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 19:05:25 +1000
  • Malcolm Daniels
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 19:01:22 +1000
  • Silvia Dumpmanis
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 18:48:16 +1000
    Please don’t wipe out any more trees. We really need to save all possible wildlife.
  • Elizabeth Wade
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 18:18:40 +1000
  • David Locke
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 17:58:21 +1000
    Don’t want reduced GCH’way lanes, auto higher rise approval, disturbed koala habitat
  • Luba Zhuk
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 17:34:48 +1000
  • Leanne Stratos
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 17:13:12 +1000
  • Susan Wilson
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 16:22:02 +1000
    We might have to call Queensland, Wasteland. Because we are fast loosing our beautiful environment and our precious wildlife and especially everyone’s favourite. The Koala. If development continues. We will have nothing but concrete for our future generations.
  • christine invelito
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 15:39:00 +1000
    Time to stop destruction and its high time to protect it!
  • Peta Campbell
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 13:27:30 +1000
    We can’t SAVE THE KOALAS in the Redlands so just maybe we can save them on the Coast, this is what tourist come to see these little babies in the wild, but the ones in charge don’t seem to realise that. 😪🐨
  • Kevin Kunst
    endorsed 2018-02-19 12:35:15 +1000