Letter to Premier Palaszczuk re Adani project critical infrastructure declaration

A letter authorised and/or signed by a wide range of organisations and individuals has been sent to Queensland Premier Palaszczuk, expressing dismay at her government’s decision to declare components of the Adani Combined Project as ‘critical infrastructure’. Continue reading

Have your say on protecting SE Queensland’s koalas - complete survey or write a submission

The Queensland Conservation Council is deeply concerned about the plight of the koala in the southeast part of Queensland, recognising the species has experienced a dramatic collapse in population in recent years, and likely faces eventual extinction in the wild in the region. Continue reading

Expert Panel report indicates Queensland renewable energy target is achievable

MEDIA RELEASE 12 October, 2016 The Queensland Conservation Council has welcomed the release of the draft report from the Queensland Renewable Energy Expert Panel this morning. The report indicates that the Queensland Labor target of 50% renewable energy by 2030 is achievable, and lays out several options for arriving at this outcome. Continue reading

Palaszczuk government should be fast tracking renewable energy, not coal projects

MEDIA RELEASE 10 October, 2016 The Queensland Conservation Council has this morning expressed dismay that the Queensland state government has signalled it will be actively facilitating Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland. Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham has invoked special powers in an attempt to progress the controversial Carmichael coal and rail project. The combined mine, rail and associated water infrastructure have now been declared ‘critical infrastructure’. This is the first time since the late 2000s that this has happened. Continue reading

Submission to the Inquiry into the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

QCC made a brief submission on the Agriculture and Environment Committee of Queensland Parliament regarding the Environmental Protection (Underground Water Management) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (referred to as the ‘EPOLA Bill’). Continue reading

Labor’s Queensland Renewable Energy Target can and must be way of the future

MEDIA RELEASE September 30, 2016 The Queensland Conservation Council has this morning expressed concerns that Queensland’s renewable energy target is being used as a political football, amid wild claims about renewable energy in the context of extreme weather events and power systems failures in South Australia. Continue reading

Progress Report on ‘Reef 2050 Plan’ shows much stronger action needed to protect the Great Barrier Reef

MEDIA RELEASE September 29, 2016 The first Progress Report on the joint Federal-Queensland Government Reef 2050 Plan indicates positive action on some fronts, but highlights how much more needs to be done to protect the Great Barrier Reef, according to Queensland’s peak conservation body. Continue reading

QCC Submission to the Qld Govt paper ‘Advancing Climate Action in Queensland’

Queensland Conservation Council has made a submission in response to the Queensland government discussion paper Advancing Climate Action in Queensland.  QCC has made a number of recommendations for the government to consider and respond to on how it should address climate change at the state level. Continue reading

Adani mine court decision: ‘time to stop exporting climate change’

MEDIA RELEASE August 29, 2016 Peak conservation group Queensland Conservation Council has called on Federal and state politicians to commit to shelving Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine, following the decision of the Federal Court to reject a climate-change focussed challenge to its approval. Continue reading

Nationals lead vote against the reef, climate and wildlife by failing to pass stronger tree-clearing laws

MEDIA RELEASE for August 19, 2016 Peak environment group Queensland Conservation Council has condemned the failure of Queensland Parliament to pass stronger tree clearing laws in Parliament overnight. Continue reading