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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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  • Yvonne Fessler
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 12:10:12 +1000
    We need action now to preserve our natural environment and wildlife.
  • Jonathan Gregor
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-19 12:01:34 +1000
    Queensland Government: take action on land clearing!
  • Jonathan Gregor
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 12:00:23 +1000
    Sack the Gold Coast Mayor and his bloc of Councillors, who have facilitated the Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club’s ongoing destruction of Black Swan Lake, Bundall!
  • Mike Staples
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 11:33:25 +1000
  • Jacinta Campbell
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 11:19:54 +1000
    Poor koalas, they are so defenceless against their homes being ripped down with nobody in power giving them any thought.
  • carla harp
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 11:18:25 +1000
    Enough is enough, environment and animal welfare before profits……
  • Anne Seery
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-02-19 11:07:44 +1000
    I'm calling on our government to protect our wildlife and take action on land clearing. Please join me!
  • Anne Seery
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 11:07:16 +1000
  • Jan Eva
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 10:23:56 +1000
    NO Tree no me!! Is getting to be so serious. We are having little pocket of koalas, isolated numbers of say 100 – 50 – 20, and each lot of trees that are taken these koalas cannot travel to the next lot of trees safely without doing battle with dogs, cars etc and then can’t find sanctuary as that lot of trees are gone. Govts at all levels are forcing them into urban situations and they mostly cannot cope without established mature trees forming wildlife corridors!!! Stop the tree clearing and start massive tree planting of larger trees, not just baby trees!!
  • Karen Rowles
    endorsed 2018-02-19 10:10:43 +1000
    Stop the Light Rail destroying our Priority Koala Conservation Area on Burleigh Hill..and Koala Park… Gold Coast.

    Stop the Light Rail going down the Gold Coast Highway.
  • Jade Andrews
    endorsed 2018-02-19 08:37:47 +1000
  • Andrew Douglas
    endorsed 2018-02-19 06:31:48 +1000
  • Rachel Mascaro
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 03:13:54 +1000
  • Ciprian Cosar
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 03:12:15 +1000
  • Jacqueline Schindler
    endorsed via 2018-02-19 01:07:46 +1000
  • Jacqui Croucher
    endorsed 2018-02-18 22:30:12 +1000
  • Maria Pochi
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 19:58:28 +1000
  • Christian Buschmann
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 19:48:55 +1000
  • Therese Hollan
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 17:40:02 +1000
    With land clearing rates in Queensland equaling that of Brazil, this has become Queensland’s shame. Let’s think about the koalas and Wildlife before it’s too late. #koalasneedtrees #extinctionisforever
  • Colleen Fagan
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 17:35:19 +1000
    Please look after Koala habitat, Koalas are nearly extinct .
  • Wallace Wight
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 17:26:58 +1000
    Tree clearing has gotten out of hand since the Newman Government. Time to nip it in the bud!
  • Debbie Turvey
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 17:21:48 +1000
    Please start acting like real labor people
  • Gregory Pimm
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 15:58:46 +1000
  • Alexander Zangenehpour
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 15:53:28 +1000
  • Annie Van der meulen
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 13:29:25 +1000
    We have to fight for the Koala’s as the governments dont care about this country’s precious Wildlife, we have to be the voice for them as the situation is very very serious indeed.
  • Linda Sparrow
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 12:26:57 +1000
  • Karen Dean
    endorsed 2018-02-18 12:24:46 +1000
  • angelia priest
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 12:12:46 +1000
    please help these beautiful animals and stop land clearing
  • Susie Hearder
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 12:08:42 +1000
  • Maisie Craig
    endorsed via 2018-02-18 11:58:45 +1000