Address to the tree-clearing rally, outside Queensland Parliament Wednesday 17 August

Thank you everyone for coming. It’s great to see so many people and colourful banners. I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners: the Jagera and Turrbal people, their elders past and present, and their future leaders. We are all here because we care deeply about our native wildlife, about the Great Barrier Reef, about climate change, and drought and erosion….We are here because of our escalating tree clearing rates, and because tree clearing directly impacts on all of these issues. You can’t clear 300,000 hectares each year, and not destroy threatened species, release tens of millions of tonnes of land use carbon emissions, or make run off and sedimentation in the Reef much worse. Continue reading

Rally says ‘Back the Bill to Restore the Laws’ on tree-clearing

MEDIA RELEASE August 17, 2016 Two hundred people from conservation groups and concerned citizens held a rally outside Queensland Parliament this morning, calling on Queensland MPs to pass changes to the Vegetation Management Act to rein in out-of-control tree clearing. A Bill to reform the laws is expected to be debated in Parliament on Wednesday night, with the vote to follow on Thursday. Continue reading