Latest News - Queensland Conservation Council

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

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

Palaszczuk announces energising plans for a just transition

MEDIA RELEASE: August 30, 2018 – Peak conservation group, the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has welcomed today’s announcement from the Palaszczuk government that they will deliver on their election commitment to support publicly owned renewable generation assets in Queensland under CleanCo. Continue reading

Joint statement on QLDs Protected Areas

Queensland’s status as leader in wildlife-diversity at risk, say environment groups Queensland’s leading environment groups have warned that Queensland’s status as themost wildlife-rich state in Australia is now seriously at risk, and immediate action is needed to grow and better manage the state’s protected areas.   Continue reading

Painting the town green to celebrate World Environment Day

MEDIA RELEASE: June 5, 2018 - Painting the town green to celebrate World Environment Day Peak conservation body the Queensland Conservation Council will be raising awareness of World Environment Day today (Tuesday 5th June) by organising a green lighting-up of some of Brisbane City’s bridges and places. Continue reading

Experts’ Report shows koalas in SEQ need urgent, serious response

MEDIA RELEASE for 4 May, 2018 - Peak group Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has welcomed the release of the final report from the Koala Expert Panel, and the Palaszczuk government’s proposed responses. Continue reading

Vital Queensland land clearing laws restrengthened at last by Labor

MEDIA RELEASE: May 3, 2018 - Peak group, the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has expressed its delight at the strengthening of Queensland’s land clearing laws, and congratulated the Palaszczuk government on the passing of its amendment legislation tonight in state Parliament. Continue reading

Ag Lobby-backed video is deceptive and misleading

MEDIA RELEASE: April 30, 2018 - Peak group, the Queensland Conservation Council has today called out the agricultural lobby on its latest video, part of its campaign to oppose proposed legislative changes to Queensland’s land clearing laws. Continue reading

Qld Parliament should now make land clearing Bill stronger, then pass it

MEDIA RELEASE: April 23, 2018  Peak group, the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has welcomed release of a Parliamentary Inquiry report, which recommends Parliament support proposed legislative changes to Queensland’s land clearing laws. Continue reading