2020 Natural Wonders Photography Awards - Winners

Queensland Conservation Council has again held the Queensland’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards, which recognises and celebrates the power of images - and the importance of photographers - in protecting our natural world. Photography has long been an essential tool for protecting our natural environment. Images of environmental devastation arouse public anger, while photos of adorable or amazing native creatures inspire us to protect their habitat. We were looking for outstanding images that showcase Queensland’s natural environment; our unique plants and wildlife; and the connection between the people of Queensland and our beautiful state. And did we receive them. Continue reading

QLD civil society groups critical of proposed law that would shut down advocacy

PRESS RELEASE -The Palaszczuk Government’s Bill to limit political donations and election spending will have the unintended consequence of silencing charities and community groups unless it is amended, legal, human rights and civil society groups will tell a parliamentary committee today.  Continue reading

Koalas to get better protection in new South East Queensland Strategy

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE December 8th, 2019 South East Queensland (SEQ) koala populations have plummeted by up to 80% over the last 20 years. The draft SEQ Koala Conservation Strategy is an important step forward, but stronger planning and development laws must be implemented quickly to protect koala habitat. Continue reading

Queensland Steps Up on Phase-out of Single-Use Plastics

MEDIA RELEASE: November 7, 2019 - The Boomerang Alliance today welcomed the Queensland Government's Plastic Pollution Reduction Strategy which includes a proposed ban on single-use takeaway plastics.  These are the takeaway plastic items commonly found littered in Queensland, including plastic straws, stirrers, plates, cutlery, coffee cups and heavyweight plastic bags. Continue reading

Statement of Support For The Union Movement

MEDIA RELEASE: August 1, 2019 - Profound structural change is already underway in Australia. The country is going through a poorly planned energy transition due to failures in government policy. Neither energy generators or the workers who rely on these sectors have the certainty they need. Inaction by the federal government has resulted in investment uncertainty and hence inconsistent growth in renewables, storage and efficiency. Continue reading

Destruction of forest and bushland driving Qld Koalas to extinction

MEDIA RELEASE: April 5, 2019 – Peak conservation group, the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC), alongside allied conservation and koala groups, is calling on the Palaszczuk government to end the destruction of koala habitat that is driving koalas to extinction. Queensland needs an urgent moratorium on tree clearing in koala habitat across the state to save the species from extinction, an alliance of wildlife carers and conservation groups has said. Statewide, Queensland has lost over 43% of koala numbers and in the Koala Coast east of Brisbane there has been an 80% decline in numbers. It is estimated that the species will go extinct by 2050 unless action is taken to reverse population declines. Continue reading

Help save SEQ koalas: Attend your local Workshop

With sprawling urban development, we are killing off iconic species like the koala.  If you live in South East Queensland, you've likely been greeted by a friendly neighbourhood koala in the treetops of a nearby park. We are boxing them out one by one and they need our help.  Come along to the Redlands, Moreton, Ipswich or Logan Campaign Strategy Workshop and join others in your community in designing a campaign strategy to protect koala habitat. We'll also be looking to how we can work collectively to be a stronger voice for nature across the Brisbane region. Continue reading

Let’s not waste energy on waste-to-energy

MEDIA RELEASE: September 20, 2018 – Peak conservation group, the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) is calling on the Palaszczuk government to continue support for real clean energy, like solar and wind, that will deliver on the state’s 50% renewable energy by 2030 target and put us on track for the zero-net emissions future we need. “QCC is disappointed by attempts of the Queensland Government to package waste incineration as renewable energy,” said QCC climate change policy officer Lisa Cliff. Continue reading

QLD threatened species crisis

MEDIA RELEASE: September 13, 2018 - On the back of a national Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis, this week Queensland saw a leaked report from the Department of Environment and Science that showed 955 threatened species are without protection due to inadequate funding, poor departmental coordination, a lack of critical habitat declarations and a reliance on weak federal government environmental protection instruments such as the EPBC Act. QCC would like to highlight the critical role that an engaged community of environmental non-government organisations, such as those in Queensland, play in holding decision-makers to account. Australia is in the midst of a steep slide towards an extinction crisis due to climate change, land clearing, rampant urban development and an over-investment in fossil fuel industries.  Continue reading

Queensland can have reliable, cheap electricity and climate action too

MEDIA RELEASE: September 12, 2018 - Another massive week in climate news Research released by the ANU this week backs up the findings of QCC’s recent report - that Queensland, along with the rest of Australia, can be a renewable energy superpower by capitalising on the environmental and socioeconomic benefits that a well-managed transition to renewables will bring. ANU’s report suggests that Australia’s renewable energy industry can deliver 50% of household and business energy needs by 2025. The rapidly falling costs economics of renewable energy in Australia mean that we can have a reliable electricity supply, lower power prices and action on climate change too. Continue reading