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Coal is a dangerous toxic pollutant best left in the ground

MEDIA RELEASE for August 11, 2017   Coal is a dangerous toxic pollutant best left in the ground Peak environment group Queensland Conservation Council has pointed to recent instances of coal-related pollution incidents as evidence that coal should be treated as a dangerous toxic product that risks the health of humans, natural environments and the climate. Continue reading

Inquiry needed into NSW undermining of basin plan reforms

JOINT STATEMENT 25 July 2017: INQUIRY NEEDED INTO NSW UNDERMINING OF BASIN PLAN REFORMS The ABC Four Corners program has uncovered disturbing evidence of alleged water theft and meter tampering in the NSW Barwon-Darling river systems. Billions of litres of water intended for the environment, and purchased with public funds, have been siphoned off by large irrigators for their own personal gain. Continue reading

Federal laws ignored as threatened species habitats bulldozed in Great Barrier Reef catchment

Queensland Conservation Council, Australian Conservation Foundation, Wilderness Society, World Wide Fund for Nature JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT 25 July 2017 Federal laws ignored as threatened species habitats bulldozed in Great Barrier Reef catchment Australia’s peak environment groups have today released satellite imagery of what appears to be ongoing land clearing at Olive Vale Station on Cape York Peninsula. Continue reading

Queensland's biodiversity is getting smashed by land clearing

MEDIA RELEASE for July 21, 2017 Queensland's biodiversity is getting smashed by land clearing Peak environment group Queensland Conservation Council is calling for urgent action to control land clearing in Queensland, saying the future of the state’s biodiversity, including our koalas and threatened species, depends on it. Continue reading

Climate plan to make sunshine state carbon neutral a great positive move, but needs binding far-reaching actions

MEDIA RELEASE for July 11, 2017 Peak state environment group Queensland Conservation Council has strongly welcomed the Palaszczuk government’s release of its Climate Transition Strategy and Climate Adaptation Strategy plans.  These documents are designed to lay out a pathway for Queensland to become a ‘net zero emissions’ state, and to prepare Queensland for the impacts of global warming that is already locked in and more that has been projected. Continue reading

Reef & wildlife urgently need land clearing reforms, more renewable energy, strong climate change action

MEDIA RELEASE for World Environment Day (June 5 2017) Peak state environment group Queensland Conservation Council has highlighted major land clearing law reform, a rapid expansion of renewable energy, and strong climate change action at the state and national level as the key components needed to help save the Great Barrier Reef and protect Queensland’s special wildlife such as the koala. Continue reading

Today's renewable energy statements welcome step forward

MEDIA RELEASE for June 5 2017 Turning the Sunshine State into the Sun-Powered State: Peak state environment group Queensland Conservation Council has welcomed the Palaszczuk government’s public affirmation of a target of 50% renewable energy in Queensland by 2030, as well as the commitment to getting on with building a renewables future now and not waiting for national energy policy to be resolved. Continue reading

Decision by Queensland government to rule out Adani royalties subsidies and NAIF loan support welcomed

MEDIA RELEASE May 27 Peak state environment group Queensland Conservation Council has welcomed confirmation that the Queensland government has formally resolved to rule out public subsidies such as a ‘royalties holiday’ to Adani for its Carmichael coal mine.  It is understood that the new policy positon on ‘royalties holiday’ will also be applied consistently for future coal mines.  It allows for a deferral option, but interest will be charged on deferred amounts, excluding a direct subsidy. Continue reading

QCC & AMCS letter to Queensland Cabinet re Adani royalties holiday

Queensland Conservation Council and Australian Marine Conservation Society jointly wrote to members of Queensland Cabinet last week, urging them to not allow for Adani to be granted a 'royalties holiday' arrangement. Read our letter here

1 million hectares of bush, forest & trees razed since Newman’s LNP government let loose the bulldozers

MEDIA RELEASE FROM QCC, TWS, WWF, EDO AND SEEC  May 21   More than 1 million hectares of bush, forest and trees have likely been cleared since the Newman LNP Government let loose the bulldozers on Queensland, said organisations including WWF-Australia, the Wilderness Society and the Queensland Conservation Council that today launched an alliance to end land clearing in the state.  Continue reading