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Labor lands a clear way forward to protecting wildlife and habitats

MEDIA RELEASE:  November 4, 2017:  Labor lands a clear way forward to protecting wildlife and habitats    Peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council has strongly welcomed the announcement by the Premier, Deputy Premier and Environment Minister that Labor is committed to strengthening Queensland’s land clearing laws. Continue reading

Peak conservation body releases priority policies for the 2017 Queensland election

MEDIA RELEASE:November 2, 2017: Peak conservation body releases priority policies for the 2017 Queensland election With the Queensland State Election several days into the campaign, peak environment body the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC) has written to the main political parties in the state, laying out the key conservation policy priorities for the election and seeking responses and commitments. Continue reading

Queensland Election 2017: Protecting Queensland’s future should come naturally

2017 Queensland State Election MEDIA RELEASE October 29, 2017: Protecting Queensland’s future should come naturally With the Queensland State Election officially starting, peak environment group the Queensland Conservation Council is reminding the state’s political parties that Queensland’s natural values and special places need to be front and centre of policy commitments Continue reading

Another threat from the Galilee Basin

Those of us fearful of the damaging impacts of coal are today reminded that Adani is but one of many threats facing our climate. The Kevin’s Corner GVK mine, neighbouring Adani in the Galilee Basin, was granted environmental authority in August. Since then, the mining company has been busy sponsoring community events, promising jobs and growth to the region, and working to distract from reasoned decision-making that applies the precautionary principle and considers the huge risks we face from continued coal development. Continue reading

Species are threatened by major projects, not the other way around

MEDIA RELEASE for October 23, 2017:  Species are threatened by major projects, not the other way around Peak environment group Queensland Conservation Council has responded to an extraordinary new report and media statement from the right-wing Institute of Public Affairs, which claims we should reduce our lists of threatened species, and undertake other radical steps around environmental laws. Continue reading

550,000 soccer pitch area cleared in one year in Queensland

New government report shows an area the size of 550,000 soccer pitches was cleared in just one year in Queensland. Every second in Queensland, a tree is bulldozed and a native animal dies as a consequence.  This has to stop! Continue reading

New dramatic escalation in tree clearing in Queensland shows why stronger laws must be passed

Media Release October 5, 2017: New dramatic escalation in tree clearing in Queensland shows why stronger laws must be passed New data shows disastrous increase in deforestation / tree clearing rates, resulting in millions of native animals including our iconic koala being killed and injured Newman LNP Government’s gutting of tree laws 4 years ago a critical factor Campaign for stronger laws against tree clearing to be feature of the state election Continue reading

The renewables boom - some good news for Queensland’s environment and economy

With sad stories around tree clearing, illegal waste dumping, questionable political donations, and the warmest winter on record, it’s past time Queensland had some good news for the environment. This month’s Renewable Energy Index, produced by Green Energy Markets and GetUp, shows Queensland now has more renewables jobs than New South Wales. The renewables sector employs around 6,500 Queenslanders. Acting Energy Minister Curtis Pitt called on the Prime Minister today to acknowledge that “Queensland is leading the nation in renewables investment and energy pricing outcomes.” Continue reading

Adani Coal Port pollution report shows wetlands contamination

MEDIA RELEASE  20 September, 2017 Adani Coal Port pollution report shows wetlands contamination, begs more questions than it answers. Peak environment body Queensland Conservation Council has expressed alarm at formal evidence of coal pollution in the ecologically significant Caley Valley Wetlands, and has suggested this raises a series of questions about monitoring, enforcement and responsibility. Continue reading

“Un-Happy Threatened Species Day!” Conservation groups’ outrage at decimation of Queensland wildlife by out-of-control bulldozing of bushland

“Un-Happy Threatened Species Day!” Conservation groups’ outrage at decimation of Queensland wildlife by out-of-control bulldozing of bushland Thursday 7th September is National Threatened Species Day, and an alliance of conservation groups and wildlife carers representing tens of thousands of Queenslanders are highlighting the impact of tree clearing on Queensland’s rare and endangered wildlife. Continue reading